Police Commissioner Bratton on Subways

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/07/nyregion/arrests-of-panhandlers-and-peddlers-on-subway-increase-sharply-under-bratton.html?hp&_r=0

Why is Bratton focusing on subways?  What purpose does focusing on the subways serve? What subjectivity or self-activity is Bratton trying to stop? What is the Panhandler and Peddler subject?  What is their social relationship to the state, to the police, to the rest of the multitude, to tourism in NYC? By attacking such subjects, what other new forms of life will be destroyed?

What role has the ‘cleanup’ of the subways served in the gentrification of New York City, in higher rents etc?

Bratton’s philosophy summed up in this quote: ” “If you take care of the little things, then you can prevent a lot of the big things.”

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