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A Public Policy to Put Homeless Kids on the Streets
  

Jul 17, 2013

Suppose there were 3,800 children living on their own or without homes in New York City, but only 250 shelter beds for them. According to the nonprofit providers of the

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Last Updated (Wednesday, July 17, 2013 11:40 PM)

Op-Ed: A Tale of Two New Yorks
  

Jul 03, 2013

It is the best of times; it is the worst of times. New York has always been a city of both wealth and poverty, but never more so than now.

Op-Ed: Stop-And-Frisk From A Mother's Perspective
  

Jun 30, 2013

I often wonder if I have what it takes to raise my black son in New York City. While concerns about navigating public school application processes and scheduling play dates are

Last Updated (Thursday, July 11, 2013 03:05 PM)

Shining A Bright Light On Government Spending
  

Jun 26, 2013

Some say the West Coast has the best beaches, the Midwest has the friendliest people, and that you can't beat the cheesesteaks in Philly. But financial transparency? Fugghedaboudit. New York City’s

Last Updated (Wednesday, June 26, 2013 11:43 AM)

Op-Ed: Turning The Tide On Rent Law Enforcement
  

Jun 07, 2013

New York’s rent regulation system is defined by two competing forces: we are a city of renters, with a proportion of tenants to home owners (two-to-one) almost the exact inverse

Last Updated (Friday, June 07, 2013 11:12 AM)

Op-Ed: Poor People Can't Bank on Banking Services
  

Jun 06, 2013

NEW YORK — There's a joke about banking: That it's only for people who don't need it. If you really need a loan you won't qualify, but if you don't it'll

Last Updated (Thursday, June 06, 2013 03:52 PM)

Op-Ed: The Coming Urban Crisis is Already Here
  

May 23, 2013

“For the past several years all the ingredients have been in place for an urban crisis,” New York University's Patrick Sharkey wrote recently, in a thoughtful New York Times opinion

Last Updated (Thursday, May 23, 2013 12:33 PM)

6 Months After Sandy, A Financial Disaster For Homeowners
  

Apr 28, 2013

Yesterday marked the six-month anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, an unprecedented disaster that has left many New Yorkers still struggling to recover. Homeowners now face another unexpected hurdle: imminent default on

Last Updated (Sunday, April 28, 2013 11:19 PM)

Op-Ed: The Next Mayor Needs To Make Affordable Housing A Priority
  

Apr 18, 2013

Job creation, economic development, and neighborhood revitalization will likely be at the top of the next mayor’s agenda, as will the city’s schools, New Yorkers’ health and safety, and environmental

Last Updated (Thursday, April 18, 2013 02:50 PM)