The Lower Manhattan Security Initiative has gone into effect, despite the obvious controversy. By the end of the year, over 100 cameras will be in place around Lower Manhattan, south of Canal Street and, if the plan receives full funding, over 3,000 cameras will be in place within a few years. The plan, inspired by London’s so-called “ring of steel,” intends not only to dissuade traffic violations, but also deter terrorism. Lower Manhattan is one of the dingy, throbbing jewels of the American economy, and highly vulnerable to attack. The plan’s advocates say that the increased surveillance will make America safer.
What can I say? The thought of finding a nice little flat in the Lower East Side was appealing to me a few months ago. I think now I’d rather take my residence elsewhere.