I haven’t lived in the New York City area in twenty years, but I was born there, and I worked there, and like most native New Yorkers, I get prickly when politicians from second-rate cities chime in with their opinions. Chicago is a fine city, but it pales in comparison The Big Apple. New York has better restaurants, entertainment, music, aesthetic, sports teams, and more.
New York City also has a problem with their subway system. It is one of the largest in the world, and it does have problems. People I who use it daily said they cannot remember when it was so poor. Delays, maintenance and the lack of new train cars make for an experience leaving daily riders frustrated, to the say the least. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Bill de Blasio share a lot of the blame for the current mess. The problems today existed four years ago, and they’ve done nothing. Now it’s worse, and they deserve criticism.
But Rahm Emanuel needs to shut up right now and deal with issues in Chicago unrelated to their mass transit. New York City’s subway system serves eight times as many riders than Chicago. It has nearly four times as many track miles. The entire system operates 24 hours a day. It’s not even close. New Yorkers may wait longer for a train to arrive but Chicago residents are more likely to be shot and killed. That’s not a brag. That is just a fact.
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