Back in 1987, the Guardian Angels short-lived Twin Cities chapter “closed down” the Cecil Newman housing project in North Minneapolis – basically blockading it from criminals, keeping everyone out but the residents.
Legal? No less so than the CHAZ in south Minneapolis today is. Make of that what you will.
Needed. Pffft, yeah. Newman was a hotbed of drug dealing and crime, as the Twin Cities first wave of gang violence was just getting started, still years before “Murderapolis”. .
I was producing the “Geoff Charles Show” at the time. As we covered the story on day, Geoff said – one of the clear blue, live on the air, as he was wont to do, “Get me Curt Sliwa”, the fouorn2run
So I called the Guardian Angels in New York. “He’s in Minneapolis”.
I called the Guardian Angels at their Minneapolis number. “He’s at Cecil Newman”.
I called Cecil Newman. The phone rang a couple times. A New York accent said “Hello”.
“I’m looking for Curt Sliwa”.
It was one of my favorite moments of that part of my career.
34 years later, he’s got the GOP endorsement for Mayor of New York. And he’s talking sense:
I mean, I’ll be realistic; a Republican has about as much chance of winning in New York as one does in Chicago, these days; I doubt Giuliani could make a dent these days.
But it’s sure fun to think about.