The Public Interest

Power and The People—the case of Con Edison

Roger Starr

Winter 1972

MANY working marriages have been ruined by improvements endorsed by authority. One partner, mildly annoyed with the other, may turn to a clergyman or a psychoanalyst, only to find this expert illuminating all too brightly the defects which custom had hitherto obscured. Some such clarification seems to have soured fatally the wedlock between Consolidated Edison Company and the City of New York, which it supplies with electric power.



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