Have a nice day -- in New York
By Gary Tuchman
December 16, 1999
Web posted at: 9:48 a.m. EST (1448 GMT)
This news analysis was written for CNN Interactive.
NEW YORK (CNN) -- What place to live matches this description?
- It has one of the lowest crime rates of any major U.S. city.
- It has become one of the hottest spots in the country for Internet-related businesses.
- It is cleaner than it's been in decades.
- And the former center of its adult entertainment district is now nearly as "kid friendly" as Disneyland.
New York, New York: the town so nice, they named it twice. These days, that old phrase can actually be construed as appropriate, because the Big Apple is experiencing a renaissance of sorts as the century draws to a close.
And the factor that has to be given the most credit is the drop in crime.
Less than a decade ago, violent criminal activity was at an all-time high for the city. 1991 saw the highest number of homicides in New York City history at 2,154, according to the New York Police Department. Seven years later in 1998, it dropped to 633, NYPD figures show.
At the start of the decade, families as well as businesses were leaving in droves. But now that's changed as crime numbers keep dropping.
These days, New York City -- to the surprise of many of us who live here -- feels more and more like those "safer" suburbs that many former Gotham residents now call home.
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