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Neil deMause is a Manhattan-born and Brooklyn-based writer who's been covering New York City social policy issues for longer than he'd really like to admit. In addition to his work for City Limits, he's a regular contributor to the Village Voice, CNNMoney.com, Extra!, and Baseball Prospectus, a former op-ed columnist for Metro New York, and a co-author of the book and website "Field of Schemes," covering the government subsidies to pro sports stadiums, a subject on which he has testified before Congress. His investigations of city and national welfare policy have been honored with a Project Censored award and been included in the anthology "America's Mayor, America's President?"
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The major rezoning of Brooklyn in 2004, coupled with the recent economic slowdown, has produced mixed results for residents and businesses.
Yaakov "Jack" Fuzailov, a barber, has twice been displaced since the 2004 rezoning—once for development of a building that was never built, and a second time by a landlord seeking higher rent that, apparently, he never obtained.
Despite growing gentrification, Central Brooklyn is the New York neighborhood hardest-hit by the economic downturn.
Much-anticipated alternative statistics on poverty are out. The good news: The rate is rising more slowly than earlier numbers suggested. The bad news: It's been higher than we thought for a long time.
Poor New Yorkers and advocates say the Bloomberg administration is, for the first time, forcing people receiving food stamps to fulfill work requirements.
The panel was charged with answering the question, "Welfare Reform at 15: Is It Working?"Their answer depended almost entirely on how each member defined "working."
Governments are pouring money into job skills programs as a way of combating poverty. But what jobs are participants being prepared for?
A closer look at the national labor-market figures released last week suggest that the modest fall in the unemployment rate has more to do with people leaving the labor force than folks finding jobs.
Job growth is soaring in Coney Island, says a new report. That was news to anyone who's actually been to Coney Island lately.
Watch a video interview with Neil deMause, author of our July issue looking at the complex stories behind alarming statistics on poverty in New York City and the United States.