Something Better Than Nothing
A half-century of experiments in private sector solutions to urban problems has brought mixed results and exacerbated inequality. How did we get here?
Since 2009, New York City has been incentivizing private cleanup of contaminated sites. Who benefits?
The Paradox at the Heart of the Fires
When it comes to providing safe and affordable housing, why does the public sector receive so little funding and so much scrutiny, while the private sector gets ample incentives with minimal accountability?
The geography of methadone treatment in New York City follows familiar patterns of discrimination, while clinics subject patients to punishment, not rehabilitation. Does this one kind of medicine need its own space in the first place?
When Government Came to Main Street
The Bronx County Building embodies the New Deal era's ideals of robust government presence in everyday life, for better and worse.
What About Jane?
As cities, and the way we understand them, have changed, so has the reputation of a preeminent urban thinker. If gentrification and structural racism are the problems, does Jane Jacobs still have the answers?
To Stop Displacement, Disclose the Data!
For more than half a century, real estate data has played a crucial role in struggles against housing discrimination and dispossession. But what information is needed now in the face of changing forms of speculation?
Reflections on a Rising Hudson
Two hundred years of environmental change have meant both destruction and conservation of the most interesting river in America.
Do You Remember How It Was?
Residents recall a decade of upheaval in the East New York Oral History Project.