Louis: To the rest of the Urban World, of the 70s, Schaffer was a Pioneer, hero and icon of how to transform a city from a dirty manufacturing center to a gleaming tourist attraction. All this conveniently ignored the uncomfortable fact that Colleges and Universities, Hospitals and other "clean" non profits are generally exempt from property taxes, while undesirable manufacturing facilities did. So when we built "World Trade Centers" where world trade actually used to be conducted, and created retail and restaurants to replace warehouses, in the Schaffer manner, we actually shot ourselves into the foot. Not to mention accelerated the outward migration of the middle and working class.The inner harbor is now bankrupt and in receivership. There goes all those minimum wage jobs cleaning hotel rooms, folding sheets and serving meals. Schaffer was popular because he was great at "gas lighting" people, sound familiar?
Harbor Place was a fun place to go with the family, in it's prime. After the highly publicized riots , thEe tourists were scared away.
El Supremo and saint Elijah are cut from the same mold, and neither has clean hands. Just two ruthless individuals snarling at each other. Politics is the art of the possible, and all you have to do is tell the best story. Follow the money.