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The letterhead of Columbia University, where I taught for four decades, reads in full "Columbia University in the City of New York," not because there is much likelihood that anyone will wonder w

Andrew Rice covered commercial real estate development for the New York Observer from 2000 until 2002.

A bipartisan dialogue in this election year? In New York City? During the Republican convention?! We always knew those folks at The New School were a little nutty.

Hidden in a Census Bureau report on poverty released in late August is a factoid with significant political and social consequences. Poverty has moved to the suburbs.

As bad as Bush's economic record is, it would appear far worse if not for the housing bubble.

I could hardly believe it when I heard Jane Jacobs was still alive and
that she had written a new book, Dark Age Ahead, at the age of 88.

Seeing the limits of living-wage laws, activists seek a raise for all workers.

During the 2000 election, many activists saw little difference between Democrats and Republicans.

While New York City authorities and anti-GOP organizers square off over the right to rally, cultural activists are taking matters into their own hands.

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Officials have temporarily suspended water shutoffs, and activists are working to create permanent protections for low-income families.

July 22, 2014

Unions, community and religious groups organize to prioritize the interests of working families over the interests of Wall Street bankers.

July 17, 2014

The Detroit Water and Sewage Department plans to shut off water for delinquent customers at a rate of 1,500 to 3,000 this summer. 

July 11, 2014

Citizens organize to block water shutoffs as the UN Special Rapporteur says ”when there is genuine inability to pay, human rights simply forbids disconnections.”

July 11, 2014

For many of Brazil’s residents, the battles between World Cup teams aren’t nearly as important as the battle to keep their homes, or to protest free from the threat of violence.

June 16, 2014

As a major city opts for a minimum wage that’s double the federal rate, what seemed an improbable goal gets very real.

June 2, 2014

Two top Christie aides were subpoenaed in an ongoing investigation into the Port Authority slush fund.

June 2, 2014

Community groups say building a trauma in Chicago’s South Side would save lives.

May 19, 2014

Christie’s former top political aide and the governor’s spokesman dispute each other’s recollections.

May 16, 2014

Why is an accrediting commission targeting a well-performing college serving underprivileged communities?

May 15, 2014