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Destruction from Super Storm Sandy

If there was ever a response to Mitt Romney’s smug RNC laugh line about climate change—or to Obama’s failure to address it—Hurricane Sandy delivered.

Without immediate action, cities like New York and Washington face a future of massive levees, floodgates and ecological catastrophe.

Occupy Wall Street: New Ways of Thinking About Space

As last year’s occupations showed, cities need more places the public can call its own.

Goldman Sachs

City officials say social impact bonds are a smart way to raise revenue. But government watchdogs worry about creeping corporate influence.

The Long Roots of the NYPD Spying Program

Before the War on Terror and Ray Kelly's spies, the War on Crime helped transform the NYPD into a small army.

New York Public Library

The Central Library Plan will compromise the NYPL's scholarly mission.

New Orleans Jazz Fest

In a city divided by extremes, the festival brings together all kinds of people to cook up something marvelous.

Occupy New Haven

Just after its six-month anniversary, the last occupation in New England was evicted. Freed from maintaining camp life, will the occupiers' momentum return?

New York City Hall

Residents in four New York City districts had the chance to allocate funding for community improvement themselves. Can participatory budgeting make American democracy less lonely?

Our car-dependent, suburban, homeowner culture is no longer affordable. An exhibit at MoMA examines what to do about it.

Blogs

Taxi and livery drivers suffer homicide rates twenty to thirty times higher than other occupations.

October 24, 2014

Human Resources Administration announces changes to a system long critiqued by advocates.

October 8, 2014

The courts want to offer sex workers “compassion”—but maybe agency would be more useful.

October 6, 2014

The de Blasio administration unveils an ambitious plan: reduce emissions and inequality at the same time.

September 24, 2014

There’s no evidence that credit reports reveal an applicant’s competence but plenty of evidence that shows they invade privacy and institutionalize discrimination.

September 12, 2014

Lessons from Missouri should steer us toward new national policies and an embrace of policing that respects civil liberties.

August 15, 2014

Why has the response to Michael Brown’s murder been to crack down on dissent and arrest journalists?

August 14, 2014

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