Cities

“Cops Are Basically Revenue Collectors”

Did the NYPD accidentally reveal that one of its primary mandates has little to do with general well-being and much more to do with raising money for the city at the expense of its most vulnerable?

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Allowance Reduced, 30-Year-Old Turns Patricidal

Perhaps it’s a good time to read that Michael Lewis piece going around about “What Wealth Does To Your Soul.”

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Gentrification Turns 50! Aristocratization Turns 6

The city that once turned on its aristocrats and fed them to guillotines has decided, again, to take a stand against rapacious, unchecked capitalism.

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The Poverty-Stricken Half-Jewish Brooklyn Christmases Of Our Youth

I didn’t really understand the import of the food pantries and the free gift grab bags at the church, but I could sense the desperation of my mom’s situation.

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Uber and PDX: A Not-Exactly-Love Story

two of the giants of our age, Portland, OR, and Uber, duking it out for dominance

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Madison Is A Great Small City, Unless You’re Black

Madison won’t tell you how many hundreds of people touched my hair in the twenty-three years I lived there without asking first and called it “neat.”

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The Forces of Gentrification

We often ask whether gentrification is bad or good. Retenanting, it seems, is part of the bad aspects.

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Okay, So Where Should We Move to Get What We Want?

Tagging on to Ester’s post this morning about how young people in expensive urban areas will probably need to move to a different city if they want to buy a home, it’s time to play: where should we move?

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The Cost of Things: Staying Sane By Riding Horses In NYC

Horses connect me to my personal and collective past and I think without them I would die a sad, slow, urban death.

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A Whole Foods Grows In Detroit

Not everyone has the luxury about worrying about the comfort of chickens.

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