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Google and other telecom giants are wooing cities with plans to create public Wi-Fi grids. But there's no such thing as a free digital lunch: The price we pay is a loss of online privacy.

Mayor-appointed commissions and experts, mostly white and Republican,
propose to radically shrink and reshape a majority-black and Democratic
city.

A perfect storm of malign neglect is battering the victims of Hurricane
Katrina. But the people of New Orleans are fighting back: They deserve
our support as they press for the rights of the displaced.

The Bush Administration failed to protect New Orleans and has yet
to rescue its displaced citizens. We need an independent investigation
to force accountability.

Three new books explore how an absence of regulation and active
policies of racial exclusion have shaped America's arid suburbs.

Storm-whipped New Orleanians returned to the city to join a joyful second-line parade, a revival of music that made real the triumph of the city's spirit.

Repair America's infrastructure, starting with New
Orleans; resettle displaced people in the city, give them construction
jobs and pay all a fair wage.

Drawing from the New York counterculture in which he immersed himself, Ted
Berrigan's sonnets and other poems sing beautifully about being broken
and graceful and tough.

Kenneth Koch was one of the merrier in the bunch known as the New York
School of poets. But he was more than just a poet of humor. He
sought the essential nature of human existence, and displayed his
infectious awe of the universe in enchanting verse.

In the gloom of post-election 2004 few people, if any, could have
anticipated the wild surprises of 2005. Focusing on three unforeseen
developments of the past year, a meditation on
how life has changed in unexpected ways.

Blogs

A narrow decision on charter school co-locations has charter proponents howling—but is their outrage overblown?

March 5, 2014

The Times raises a red flag over the mayor’s appointments.

March 3, 2014

The mayor faces a request for an aggressive post-Sandy policy.

February 28, 2014

The US attorney is investigating the New Jersey governor’s role in the George Washington Bridge closures.

February 27, 2014

The veteran human right lawyer Chokwe Lumumba was transforming Jackson when he died at 66.

February 26, 2014

Amid the push for a more progressive New York, City Council wrestles with complicated questions about how to divvy up power.

February 25, 2014

An intimate of Christie’s, the PA chairman may be on his way out.

February 24, 2014

De Blasio closes shoddy shelters, and eyes a bigger fix. 

February 21, 2014

Most of the prominent figures involved in the Bridgegate scandal—including Port Authority general counsel Philip Kwon—were directly appointed by Governor Christie.

February 18, 2014

Investigators are opening a window on Christie’s cronies at the PA.

February 14, 2014