By 2012, the problems of 1962 will have long been solved but these solutions will have uncovered further and even more difficult problems.

Robert Wagner : Mayor of New York City
The 1960s, the decade in which Mayor Wagner was writing his predictions, was a difficult time of social and economic decay for New York City. A rise in a welfare burden and a declining population were both influenced by – and the results of – an increase in crime and failures in infrastructure that did not abate until the late 1970s. It makes sense then that Wagner’s words foretell a future for the city that has emerged out of this burdensome crisis, to become a global city that would 'reflect the spirit of individual enterprise, of economic opportunity, of social ferment and of cultural excitement” and that will “bespeak social pioneering, progress, and justice'. -ArchDaily

Vinnitskaya , Irina. "Predictions from the Past: New York 2012 and LA 2013" 18 Mar 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 18 Mar 2013.