There’s a mayor’s race underway and pugnacious outgoing Mayor Bloomberg has found a way to continue whacking his opponents (and even his friends!) in the nose long after he’s gone. He has insisted that a “Marine Transfer Site” (a euphemism for a place where garbage is processed onto barges) be built in the supposedly fancy Upper East Side of Manhattan. It’s all part of a plan to make neighborhoods take care of their own trash. It’s also a way to appear fair and strong-willed for having the guts to dump 1800 to 5000 tons of garbage a day on a wealthy area.

In truth, it’s a linguistic bait-and-switch perpetrating a quasi-racist injustice.

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