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Great tragedies call for visionary leadership. This is the moment for
progressives to summon the guts to forge a compelling message not just
about what's come apart in America, but how to pull us back together.

Unless something changes soon, New Orleans will prove to be a glimpse
of a dystopic future, a future of disaster apartheid in which the
wealthy are saved and everyone else is left behind.

Urban restaurateurs, activists and consumers are seeking "food
justice," insisting that healthy food shouldn't be a privilege for
the wealthy and white.

A new charter school is embracing "eco-gastronomy"--a holistic
curriculum based around food--hoping "to renew New Orleans one okra
plant and one child at a time."

The residents of the District of Columbia go to war and pay taxes, but they have never had a member of Congress to call their own. A measure has been introduced in the House that could change all that--maybe.

A recent rally at the World Trade Center site displayed anti-immigration activists' latest tactics: distorting the truth and exploiting national security concerns.

As hurricane season began in earnest, Ray Nagin, who famously declared New Orleans a "chocolate city," began his second term as mayor. What better time to appreciate the way George Clinton, America's should-be poet laureate, has funked up politics?

Why does the FBI find it necessary to spy on Portand's City Council?

Hurricane victims are still homeless in New Orleans, but thanks to the federal government's $30 million contract bonanza, Blackwater USA's profits are soaring.

Times Square may be the most dynamic urban space of the twentieth
century, but you wouldn't know it from reading Marshall Berman's On
the Town.

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The mayor-elect is getting pressure to include more blacks and Latinos among his appointments.

 

December 30, 2013

Forget what the talking heads tell you: our current mayor was often a lot more, and often a lot less, than just a manager.

December 28, 2013

It’s one thing to control a sensitive story about a child’s private struggles. It’s another to package it so slickly that a genuine and inspiring message gets drowned out.

December 27, 2013

The mayor-elect also named an aide as his chief of staff.

December 23, 2013

And maybe that's perfectly OK.

December 23, 2013

Before his mayoralty and after, The Nation repeatedly held La Guardia up as the model of how powerful and progressive a mayor can actually be.

December 21, 2013

The mayor-elect's calls on behalf of Mark-Viverito have infuriated county Democratic chairmen, who back another candidate.

December 18, 2013

New York City's mayor-elect is looking to become a national spokesperson on urban issues. That's not ambition. It's necessity.

December 16, 2013

What does a publicly traded corporation do when its defense-contracting business is flat? Move more aggressively into the privatization of city services. 

December 13, 2013

The mayor-elect will have to manage a huge budget, labor talks, an aggressive press and a cagey governor. Oh, and he might just carry the hopes of the progressive movement.

December 13, 2013