While we may be booming as a city with tens of construction cranes dotting the downtown skyline, it is the thousands of tents of the homeless on the sidewalks and freeway overpasses that have me concerned.
Below are five trends that we are watching, paired with headlines you might see in The Onion in 2016. In other words, don't take our "predictions" too seriously. But there's often great truth in satire.
In "Mining the States of City Minds," a recent blog, I introduced my approach to experiencing the texture of city life in Venice, California and writing up the resulting stories with a type of literary journalism.
Keeping landlords honest in New York City - or New York State, for that matter - is not an enviable task, given how common the less-than-honest ones are, but it's a job that nonetheless falls squarely in the laps of city and state officials.
At the end of the day living in a gayborhood is just more fun, not to mention -- as a lot of gays and lesbians who bought in the Village, South Beach, the Castro and Chelsea decades ago can attest to -- a good real estate investment.
to the largely Black and Latino longtime residents, the South Bronx is testament to the ability of communities to survive and thrive in the face of decades of governmental neglect, persistent economic inequality, and built-in racist planning.
As a person of color who is committed to assuring that marginalized communities have access to and receive a fair share of the bounty of the richest nation in the world, I wonder what "progressive" truly means. My speculation is not only political but theological/religious as well.
Just a few miles from the gleaming but largely uninhabited white towers of modern Panama City's skyline, it's a small area of crumbling but glorious architecture some of which dates back to the 17th century.
In their own words three of Paris Blues Bar's popular personalities reflect on their portraits and share tales of sacrificing to make one's dream a reality, fighting back against racism and the personal freedom found through style.