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Blue City Grasps for Moral Zeitgeist

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.

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Before Ismaaiyl Brinsley killed two police officers, he shot Shaneka Thompson. That matters more than law enforcement’s blame game.

December 23, 2014

We all should mourn the deaths of Liu and Ramos—but that mourning doesn't mean we become less critical of the police as a violent and racist tool of oppression.

December 22, 2014

280 workers organized to win a landmark settlement against one of San Francisco's most revered dim sum restaurants.

December 15, 2014

Congress’s spending bill overrides Washington’s vote to legalize marijuana and thwarts the will of the people.

December 11, 2014

Water privatization could soon be the next front in the austerity wars.

December 8, 2014

The city now has a Retail Workers Bill of Rights.

December 5, 2014

Let’s get serious about addressing erratic, constantly changing schedules that are a Holiday-season nightmare for workers.

December 1, 2014

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