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NYC's Success Reducing Unintended Births is at Risk

Dramatic declines in teen pregnancy in the city are the result of policy successes that wise officials are trying to replicate for older women, in the… READ MORE »

New Tools to Fight Homelessness

Could individual development accounts give New York City a new tool for moving homeless families and individuals from shelter into homes?

Testing and Transparency

Once upon a time, the State Education Department released enough data for us to see whether standardized tests were performing as they should. But jus… READ MORE »

Faith and the Quest for an Affordable New York

POP is different from most other real-estate finance operations in two ways. First, it's named after a papal encyclical. Second, it underwrites housin… READ MORE »

Aging City, Youth With Needs: The Challenge for Nonprofits

Experience can be a gem or a fossil. New ideas can be a boost or a fetish. As the city ages and a new generation of leaders emerges, nonprofits have t… READ MORE »

Participatory Budgeting: What's the Potential?

First there were four. Then there 10. This year 22 Councilmembers will let constituents decide how to spend money. The dollar impact is impressive. Th… READ MORE »

LGBTQ Youth and Foster Care

"Our approach to improving child welfare and juvenile justice services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning children, young pe… READ MORE »

Can There Be Real Progress Against Poverty?

"It’s not enough to help people meet their basic needs. There must be a full-scale effort to develop policies and programs that materially improve wag… READ MORE »

College Readiness

The school system has made college readiness a priority. A key—and often missing—ingredient to a successful transition to college is for kids to have … READ MORE »

The Rent Freeze Debate

Despite little outreach by the RGB, its 2014 hearings displayed a surge of tenant interest. The vote on a rent freeze will say as much about democracy… READ MORE »

What Will Make NYCHA Safer?

Amid outrage over the stabbing of two children in a public-housing elevator, the author calls for solutions that go beyond increased policing or even … READ MORE »

Prescriptions and Foster Care

A third of the kids in foster care diagnosed with ADHD have been treated with off-label antipsychotic drugs. That's too many children getting medicine… READ MORE »

The NYPD: Reforms for Real?

Op-ed: Recent remarks by the NYPD commissioner to real-estate titans and alongside a retired military commander should concern people who want to see … READ MORE »

Taxes, Housing and Fairness

Inequities in the tax system punish renters, reward owners and contribute to economic inequality and the shortage of affordable housing in New York.

Welfare and de Blasio

Reducing income inequality depends on a sound, fair social safety net—something the city has not had in 20 years.

Making NYC's Jails Safer

Amid a sharp increase in fights and injuries, a former corrections officer lays out a plan to avoid more bloodshed.

Nuclear Power and NY's Future

The experience of California, Germany and Japan is clear, the author argues: Close nuclear plants and CO2 emissions soar as other power sources fill t… READ MORE »

Poverty and Child Abuse

Poor parents are no more likely to hurt or neglect their kids, the author argues. They're just more likely to be punished for failings both real and i… READ MORE »

Rental Subsidies and the Homelessness Epidemic

For Arvernetta Henry, the stakes in the budget talks are pretty simple. With a rent subsidy, she gets out of the shelter. Without it, she doesn't.

Fixing Family Court

A shortage of judges means some children and their families spend years in the system, exacerbating whatever problems brought them there in the first … READ MORE »

Our Aging Infrastructure

When New Yorkers think about aging infrastructure, bridges, roads and pipes come to mind. But schools, hospitals, jails and other public buildings are… READ MORE »

Making Government Work

Conventional wisdom aside, there's no reason to believe that government cannot have a transformational effect on millions of lives, writes the late Ro… READ MORE »

The State Budget and Workers

For six years, the lowest paid human-service workers in New York State have not had a cost of living adjustment, meaning their real wages have shrunk … READ MORE »

Making Trucks Safer

A state senator says a simple law could bring New York City a step closer to the mayor's Vision Zero.

Toward 21st Century Libraries

The author suggests that underutilized hours at branch libraries overlap with times when neighborhood schools could use more and better-equipped space… READ MORE »

Changing Diets and Destinies

A new initiative will couple efforts to improve the supply of healthy food with community development that strengthens residents' ability to afford a … READ MORE »

What NYCHA Needs

Mayor de Blasio's move to cut fees the city charges NYCHA is just one step toward making public housing vibrant and sustainable in New York.

Re-engaging New York's Citizenry

The mayor's progressive agenda will be incomplete unless he attacks the growing disengagement of New York's citizens—starting with these five steps to… READ MORE »

The Push for Income Diversity in Affordable Housing

The agency says The Bradford, which serves families making up to $194,000, was a wise use of resources to achieve income diversity and supply affordab… READ MORE »

What Will 'Affordable Housing' Mean Under De Blasio?

A development that used generous subsidies and largely offered high-rent units represents the kind of deal the mayor's affordable housing initiative o… READ MORE »

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