Bronx Borough President: We Are Not A Punchline

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Recently, Rep. Ted Cruz likened the Bronx's border with Manhattan to the U.S.-Mexico border, a comparison that was met with laughter from the audience at an event for Americans for Prosperity.

Bronx borough president Ruben Diaz, Jr. is not having it.

"It really gets me upset because what he's doing is he's perpetuating these negative stereotypes about the Bronx," Diaz told Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson. "It's almost like he's villifying or trying to erase the work that we've done here."

The Bronx was devastated in the 1970s and 1980s, when the borough was synonymous with urban decay.

But today, the Bronx has a lower crime rates than cities like Houston and Dallas, and it is the top destination for people fleeing Manhattan's high real estate prices. What changed?

Diaz cites billions of dollars in private investment and new housing in the Bronx, and a three percent decline in the jobless rate. But mostly, Diaz credits the people of the Bronx.

"We have rebuilt this borough," Diaz said.


This segment aired on September 1, 2014.


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