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Matthew J. Perlman
Bryan Koenig, Jenny Hollander and Whitney Light
Charu Sudan Kasturi
Geoffrey Canada, Frequent City Limits Subject, Stepping Down
For New Planning Chief, Process as Important as Product
Development defined Michael Bloomberg’s mayoralty. Whether you think the former mayor revitalized a stagnating city with its work at Hudson Yards and the Brooklyn waterfront, or blasted a gentrification superhighway through places like Harlem and Greenpoint—or did some combination of both—Bloomberg’s approach to land use is central to your admiration or critique. Land is the ultimate non-renewable resource and decisions about it shape the city for decades, so land-use will shape Bill de Blasio's legacy as well.
WBAI Appeals for Union Support
City Limits editors and reporters are frequent guests at the station. Some snicker at the poor production quality (much of WBAI is operated by volunteers) and some of the more extreme politics that airs on 99.5FM, but it's the only broadcast outlet that devotes virtually every moment of its air to discussing issues in the public interest.
De Blasio's State of the City: 'Despair Does Not Dissipate'
Last year, Michael Bloomberg's final state of the city address fell on his birthday and took place in the gleaming Barclays Center, the NBA arena at the centerpiece of the controversial Atlantic Yards development project. There were banners hanging from the rafters celebrating the mayor's accomplishments. The Nets dancers performed. A man waving a massive New York City flag led the mayor in.
First Lady Can Improve City Hall Transparency
This week the mayor named the first lady to chair the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, a nonprofit that's legally and financially independent of city government but raises money to support public initiatives. The mayor also named Gabrielle Fialkoff as director of the Office of Strategic Partnerships, which oversees the Mayor’s Fund and other nonprofits, including the Fund for Public Schools and the Fund for Public Health.
Heroin and New York: A History
In 2009, Sean Gardiner (now of the Wall Street Journal) wrote for City Limits a history of the war on drugs in New York, from the early days to the Bloomberg era mass-arrest strategy around marijuana. That story begins—and continues—with heroin:
Your Turn: The Top 25 Books that Changed History
1984 by George Orwell
Aesop’s Fables by Aesop
The Analects of Confucius by Confucius
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
King James Bible
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Alexander Brown
The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
A Dictionary of the English Language by Samuel Johnson
The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
Hiroshima by John Hersey
How the Other Half Lives by Jacob Riis
I Ching: The Book of Change
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet A. Jacobs
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
On Liberty by John Stuart Mill
Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin
Republic by Plato
The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine
The Second Sex by Simone De Beauvoir
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
De Blasio, One Month In
Snow is falling in New York City today, meaning Mayor Bill de Blasio’s skills as a manager are again being tested. While less than a foot of snow seems more like a quiz than a test, the new mayor is still in his probationary period. Everything carries a little more weight.
But although de Blasio and the city are still getting used to each other, some clear themes of the de Blasio era are emerging just thirty-four days into his mayoralty (one-third through the first 100 days, but who’s counting?) ...
Stop-and-Frisk, Already Dying, Gets Buried
On Thursday the legal war over the NYPD's "stop, question and frisk" policy—which resulted in the questioning of hundreds of thousands of innocent people over the years—ended. Mayor Bill de Blasio agreed to settle the case along the lines set out this summer when a federal judge ruled the policy had been carried out unconstitutionally: A court-appointed monitor will oversee the City's reform of the policy, and the City will engage community members in the reform process.
Stringer to Audit City's Libraries
But this week the news has not been good. After a Daily News story yesterday revealed questionable spending in the Queens system (Brooklyn's libraries operate separately, and the New York Public Library serves Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island), Comptroller Scott Stringer announced on Wednesday that he'll audit all three networks.