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Patrick Arden


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Patrick Arden covered City Hall for the daily newspaper Metro New York. For nearly a decade he was the managing editor of the Chicago Reader, a pioneer of the alternative newsweekly movement. He also served as editor-in-chief of the statewide newsweekly Illinois Times, a winner of a "general excellence" award from the Illinois Press Association. He is currently at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University.

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Articles, Investigations and Blogs

Illegal apartments have figured in several tragic fires, prompting stricter enforcement. But they also play a role in meeting housing demand, leading some experts to wonder if a path to legalization is needed.



The mayor's ambitious affordable housing initiative is three-quarters to completion. But reshaped by fiscal woes, complicated by other city policies and often outgunned by the private market, what will the plan's long-term impact be?



Tina Parker tried to convince her neighbors to leave. “I’ve been in two hurricanes in Alabama, and I’m not taking a chance,” she said.



In 1998, New York City began installing synthetic turf fields in parks and playgrounds, saying the artificial material would be more durable than grass. But a City Limits investigation finds that many turf fields are falling apart, including this one at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.



Signs of deterioration in the city's parks.



The Economic Case for Artificial Turf



Dismissing questions about health



The Health Questions Multiply



New Products, New Rules



An Alternative at the Ballpark



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