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The Location of Justice: Structures

What Jail Can't Do

Frank Greene and Kenneth Ricci discuss the changing paradigms of half a century of justice architecture and what we should ask — and expect — from courts and jails.

The Location of Justice: Introduction

Introduction: The Location of Justice

A new series examines New York's overlooked infrastructures of crime and punishment.

The Location of Justice: Introduction

Map: The Location of Justice

How can we define the “criminal justice system”? What is it, where is it, and what are all of the things that it does?

The Location of Justice: Introduction

After Arrest

Arrest sends New Yorkers down a complex path, away from their families, homes, and neighborhoods, oftentimes ending in jail. A drawing describes the spaces they encounter on the way.

For Sale: Nonprofits

D.W. Gibson reflects on the churches and community service providers put in jeopardy by a combination of policy and paperwork, and what can be done to stop vulnerable institutions from falling through the cracks in the city's annual tax lien sale.

City of Cycling: Speed

NYC: Slow

Profiles in Public Service

The Immigrant Metropolis: An Interview with Nisha Agarwal

In the latest installment of our Profiles in Public Service series, Nisha Agarwal, commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, talks to Urban Omnibus about fraud in the housing market and confidence in librarians.

Why Hasn't Anyone Built on Newark's $1,000 Love Lots?

Ninety-eight couples bought vacant lots at Newark's Valentine's Day sale in 2015 — a year later, they're still empty.

Navigating Policy Toward a Good Food New York

Food chain expert Karen Karp weighs in on the complex policies behind school lunches, equity and access to healthy food, and ambitious new initiatives to better connect New York City residents to upstate agricultural wealth.

"The scythe of progress must move northward”: Urban Renewal on the Upper West Side

Oksana Mironova documents varied approaches to City-led redevelopment in Lincoln Square and the West Side Urban Renewal Area and calls for an evolution of contemporary rezonings to prioritize the preservation of existing communities.

Profiles in Public Service

Spanning Water, Rail, and Road: New York's Iconic and Inconspicuous Bridges

Transportation engineer Henry Perahia discusses his 15 years as the DOT Chief Bridge Officer and sheds light on what it takes to design, construct, and maintain 789 City-owned bridges.

The Right to Budget

The week before New Yorkers hit the polls in the city's participatory budgeting process, journalist John Surico tracks its evolution from non-profit project to institutionalization within the Council Speaker’s office, learns of its achievements and frustrations, and contemplates the future of this exercise in direct democracy.

Leaving the Sea: Staten Islanders Experiment with Managed Retreat

Elizabeth Rush traces the implementation of New York State-led property buyouts in three Staten Island neighborhoods and weighs the benefits and costs of this potentially important model for addressing the vulnerability of coastal communities.

Borderlands: Traveling the Brooklyn-Queens Divide

Joseph Heathcott traces New York City's only major internal land boundary and draws out the social and spatial conditions of this largely invisible urban seam.

A More Resilient Neighborhood, Just Beyond the Grid

Aaron Reiss dives into Beyond the Grid, an ambitious plan underway in the Two Bridges neighborhood of Lower Manhattan to create a more resilient, connected, and sustainable Lower East Side by fusing heating, power, and communications infrastructures.

Profiles in Public Service

The Anatomy of Emergency

James McConnell, Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Data at the NYC Office of Emergency Management, dissects the process by which data turns into emergency response and reminds us that effectiveness in a crisis requires long-term planning supported by accurate information.

Architecture vs. Housing: The Case of Sugar Hill

Susanne Schindler's in-depth analysis of Sugar Hill, an iconic new housing and cultural complex in Harlem, suggests new ways to broaden limited ideas about what architecture can contribute to housing for low-income residents.

Urban Omnibus Writing Competition: Common Shares

311 Complainer

Presenting one of two runners-up in our Common Shares writing competition: Keith Engel gives voice to a man who takes it upon himself to enforce the rules governing the gray area between personal and collective responsibility.

Profiles in Public Service

The Analytics of Fire

Jeffrey Roth, the Assistant Commissioner for Management Initiatives at the New York City Fire Department, explains how his team is pushing the boundaries of analytics to inform operations and improve government stewardship of public resources.

The City in the Classroom: Career and Technical Education in NYC Schools

John Surico reports on the rise of Career and Technical Education in New York City schools, chronicling how it aligns with urban policy priorities to diversify the economy and create jobs.