James writes:

On January 30, hundreds of concerned residents from New York's Upper West Side confronted the city's Department of Homeless Services and its commissioner, Seth Diamond, for fast-tracking a 400-person homeless shelter on West 95th Street through a "sweetheart contract to a politically connected insider and a landlord with a spotted history," writes the West Side Rag.

As announced at the meeting, Diamond now intends to make the shelter permanent and has awarded his DHS predecessor, Robert Hess--now the CEO of a shelter conglomerate--a $47 million contract to run the facility.

Here are video highlights of the contentious townhall meeting--another chapter in what I have called, for City Journal, the "Unending Battle for the Upper West Side."