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Made in Midtown: Meet Ramdat Harihar

Tom Vanderbilt | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Tom Vanderbilt

Ramdat Harihar's ability to make specialized stitches for his designer clients, from Anna Sui to Zack Posen, is central to his survival amidst the declining ranks of apparel manufacturers in New York.

Exploring Midtown's Urban Fabric

Deborah Marton | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Deborah Marton

Fashion Week's move to Lincoln Center is big news, but anyone who cares about fashion should know that even bigger changes are afoot. New York may soon dramatically change zoning in the Garment District.

Beyond the Noise -- 12 Quiet Ways Obama is Building a More Equitable America

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

Quietly, under-the-radar and away from the cameras, the Obama Administration has been diligently working to lay the foundation for a more vibrant and equitable America.

Are States' Rights Right?

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

Democrats have been increasingly willing to embrace state -- and local -- governments as partners rather than adversaries in both oversight and in substantive policymaking.

‘Mad Men': Economic Lessons From

nytimes.com | EDWARD L. GLAESER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Widely popular television shows, like " Mad Men," must appeal to a broad range of tastes. Some watch AMC's historical drama to enjoy the snazzy fashio...

The Remembered Cause of the Forgotten Columnist

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Harry Moroz

Focusing on the benefits of city living seem to obscure with a rosy tint the issues of crime and poverty, not to mention access and tolerance and equity, with which Bob Herbert wants us to reengage.

A Lesson for Those Who Would Lead America's Cities: Michael Scott Did Not Die in Vain

Rebecca Sive | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rebecca Sive

In this week of Harold Washington's death, 22 years ago, I can't help but think of Harold and Michael -- together. In this time of thanksgiving, what can we learn from two lives cut too short?

Once a Crisis, Always A Crisis? Obama and Cities

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

When Washington politicians speak about cities, their speech is reliably punctuated with catchphrases about decline, crumbling infrastructure, and Detroit. This is a strange phenomenon.

Define "Urban Lit" ...

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Charles D. Ellison

Rage against the Mullah machine fumes in Iran, economy is wrecked, and health care reform is a rubbery roast of ripped tire on the road to political h...

New York State of Mind

David Byrne | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David Byrne

Does living in New York City foster a hard-as-nails, no nonsense attitude? Is that how one would describe the New York state of mind?

The Impact of the Economic Crisis on New York City Business

Kathryn Wylde | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Kathryn Wylde

For small business, the recession will be a difficult trial, but it may turn out to provide the wake up call that New York City and State needed to support entrepreneurial companies.

Realigning The Third Wheel

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

While the stimulus package directed $140 billion to state governments, the recovery act sent very little money directly to cities, which would generate longer-term dividends for federalism.

Summer Night Lights

Antonio Villaraigosa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Antonio Villaraigosa

Last summer, our City came forward with a simple -- yet radical -- idea. For two months, we dared to challenge the conventional wisdom that gun violence and gang battles plague the summer months.

Putting Carter to Rest

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

President Obama seems committed to shifting federal urban policymaking from a reactive, "Marshall Plan"-type strategy to a proactive, cooperative approach.

Green Shoots, Urban Policy Edition

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

Though this is less robust a beginning than urban policy advocates might have liked, Obama will address the Urban and Metropolitan Policy Roundtable, which demonstrates his continued commitment to cities.

Changing the Climate for Cities?

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Harry Moroz

Speaker Pelosi has snuck game-changing climate change legislation onto the House of Representatives calendar for a vote -- and likely passage -- this Friday.

Want A Successful Stimulus? Reactivate Obama's Grassroots Operation in Cities

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

Why not set up stimulus accountability outposts of the White House in cities? Obama came into office with a metro mandate and now is the time to claim it.

Getting Steamy About the Administration's Unrequited Love

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

America's mayors, as Politico puts its, are "steamed" about the White House's decision to pull hundreds of administration officials out of last weeken...

Why Americans Ignore the Poor

Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston

Urban populations across this country don't have enough food to eat in a country that pays farmers not to grow food.

Village Green: Putting the "UD" Back in HUD, Sustainably

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Let's be honest -- HUD has become the Department of Subsidized Housing, and that must change. We've got to put the "UD" (urban development) back in HUD.

Chicago: The Privatized City of the Future

Michael Moreci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Michael Moreci

This is the dream of business-minded elected officials: Boatloads of cash come in and none goes out. As Chicago sells off more and more, they'll be required to do less and less.

Ask What You Can Do for Your Hood

Rev. Lennox Yearwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rev. Lennox Yearwood

This recession is a mess caused by the mistakes of the old, but the young possess the sole ability to clean it up.

Tech-Enabled Bike Sharing Rolls Into North America

Graham Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Graham Hill

Time just gave Montreal's public bike system Bixi an award as one of the 50 best inventions of 2008.

A New President for Urban America

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The Obama presidency is an opportunity for our political leadership, of both parties, to stop denigrating big cities, and ignoring the positive role they play in our political life.

Is this Politician too Green?

Reverend Billy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Reverend Billy

If elected I will ask the citizens of the city to break this town open; to descend upon the concrete and pavement with a wave of amateur jackhammers. ...