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The Location of Justice: Systems

The CompStat Evangelist Consultant World Tour

28 maps track the networks of consultancy through which CompStat's architects spread the gospel — often for a tidy fee.

Intersections: Going Out

Muted Monumentality

A new Monument to Gay and Transgender People merges strength and fragility, as well as communion and isolation, by the banks of the Hudson River.

Shelf Life

Cataloging Comfort

A recently uncovered album reveals some of New York City parks' least exposed precincts — their public bathrooms.

The Location of Justice: Streets

Do You Feel Secure?

For decades, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design has touted the efficacy of bollards, gates, and cameras in deterring violent acts — with scant evidence. At what cost do we build “defensible space”?

Intersections: Surfacing

Constellating Queer Spaces

How can the ephemeral and mutable geographies of queer urban life be mapped and preserved?

The Location of Justice: Structures

Due Process and the Enclosure of Justice

What is gained, and what is lost, when justice takes place outside public view?

The Location of Justice: Structures

A Jail to End All Jails

Mayor de Blasio promises to close the Rikers Island jail complex in ten years. But what comes next? A look at the island’s history reveals clues — and cautions.

What's In a Roofline?

The humble gambrel roofs of Queens’ Dutch Colonial houses cover the borough’s complex history.

Underexposed

Underexposed | 4

Hidden in Central Park, the remains of a 19th century reservoir that fell out of fashion.

Who Makes the Many Harlems?

Integration without gentrification? Self-determination without segregation? Who has the power to determine Harlem’s future?

Typecast: Row House

The Bible and the Billionaire

Emily Schmidt spins the origin story of the affordable row house in the 1980s, when pastors and businessmen sowed scorched earth with rows of new homes.

Shelf Life

Has Any City Ever Planned for Love?

For Shelf Life, a film made in 1964 provides an enduring lens through which to look at density's delights.

Housing Brass Tacks

Public Housing Transformed

Catherine Fennell and Crystal Palmer, two authorities on Chicago's public housing transformation, probed the problematic mythos of public housing—from the "failure" of tower complexes to the virtues of mixed-income redevelopment.

Obstruction for Justice

How can protestors get their points across to an unyielding city? Oksana Mironova shows how gumming up the works may trump gathering in the square.

Underexposed

Underexposed | 1

In the new series, Underexposed, photographer Stanley Greenberg's monthly dispatches trace the myriad paths of the city’s infrastructural networks in great breadth and close detail.

Shelf Life

Architecture in the Basement

In the first installment of Shelf Life, Janet Parks, curator of the Avery Drawings and Archives at Columbia University, takes us through its architectural underworld, uncovering the collection's treasures.

The Story of Squats

Why does the history of squatting in New York matter? Artists, historians, documentarians, and writers reflect on a singular passage in the city's story, and what it can offer today.

Codes of Conduct

Happy Birthday, zoning! The codes may have changed over 101 years, but as Andrea Renner and Eric Goldwyn explain, when it comes to how New Yorkers use zoning to advance their own visions of a perfect city, much remains the same.

Gotham in the Gallery

What makes New York, New York? A new permanent exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York takes on just that question; curator Sarah Henry explains why formulating the right answer is impossible — and beside the point.

Making Sense of Model Cities

Historians of and planners from the era of Model Cities give their take on the lessons and legacies of this often-overlooked program.