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Make New York City's Libraries a Higher Priority

Julie Sandorf | Posted 12.12.2014 | New York
Julie Sandorf

New York City's neighborhood libraries play crucial roles in the life of our city -- ones that often go unrecognized. Yet their need to improve their facilities grows greater, even as the public's reliance on them increases as well.

Innovation Is The Key To Change In These Major Cities

Posted 02.26.2014 | Business

For the first time in human history, 50 percent of the world's population lives in cities. The United Nations estimates that by 2050, two in three hum...

Made in the Lower East (miLES) -- A Community Incubator

Michael Seo | Posted 07.28.2013 | Small Business
Michael Seo

Will larger spaces mean "bigger" small businesses or will co-shared pop-ups be the next iteration? It will be interesting to keep tabs on how they develop and hopefully they meet with continued success and growth.

The High Cost of Opportunity

Yvahn Martin | Posted 06.29.2013 | Black Voices
Yvahn Martin

The very definition of poverty is to be lacking the money to cover the basic needs of food, clothing, shelter and healthcare. If you can't do that, how can you choose to spend money to start a business?

Welcome To The Richest Zip Codes In The United States

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 02.26.2012 | Business

It may be only five numbers long, but a zip code can say a lot about a person. Like if they have rich neighbors, for example. Of 29,000 zip codes e...

Why Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are High Quality Imports

Angela Haines | Posted 06.05.2011 | Business
Angela Haines

Overlooked in the recent raucous debate on illegal immigration is the powerful role of legal immigrants on both innovation and job creation.

Making Street Fairs More Than 'Socks and Sausages'

Dan Garodnick | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Dan Garodnick

Cookie-cutter, corporate events with block after block of the same vendors, many street fairs today are of the "socks and sausages" variety and fail to bear any reflection of the communities where they take place.

Joblessness and the Skills Gap

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

This recession hasn't been borne equally along class lines in New York City. It hasn't created the sense of urgency that propelled the New Deal, the WPA, and LaGuardia's Health and Hospital Corporation.