New York has lost the ability to tolerate class diversity, even within the reign of the most progressive mayor in 50 years. Critics have foamed at the mouth at the announcement of a "poor door" in a new apartment tower, crying everything from "A Tale of Two Cities" to "economic apartheid."
Everywhere you look there are residents of New York carving out a modest income by collecting plastic bottles from the trash, earning pennies per bottle. As consumers, we are unconsciously linked to the process by the purchase of bottled drinks.
Success and opportunity for women and families living in economically vulnerable communities should not be left to chance. We need programs and policies at the state and federal levels to assuage the deepening inequality gap in the U.S.
The Times finds it more important, and newsworthy, to run stories on 401K investment strategies and the wealthiest Americans rather than the poorest, who by the way, often do not have enough food to eat.
We must find a way to harness the momentum and the good will generated by this event to address the ever-present needs and problems of the poor in this region. When we call upon the best within us, we have the ability to make a huge difference in the lives of millions.