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Made in Midtown: Meet Anna Sui

Tom Vanderbilt | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Tom Vanderbilt

While her reach and influence are felt across the world, Sui's story began in the Garment District and continues there to the present day, as she chats in her lacquered black and purple studio.

Made in Midtown: Meet In God We Trust

Tom Vanderbilt | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Tom Vanderbilt

"Fashion was always something I wanted to get into," says Shana Tabor, founder of the Brooklyn-based boutique In God We Trust, "but on my own terms." This is not mere bravado.

Made in Midtown: Why Creative Industries Matter to NYC

Deborah Marton | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Deborah Marton

This morning my organization, the Design Trust for Public Space, launched madeinmidtown.org, an inside look at the Garment District, the heart of American fashion.

The Planner's Mentality

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

hints that the country is being taken over by scheming bureaucrats has had a pernicious effect on the recovery of the American economy.

Living Wage Fight Revitalized in New York City

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michelle Chen

In a city starkly divided between the haves and have nots, community activists are demanding an honest day's pay for New Yorkers who work at businesses profiting on the taxpayers' dime.

Made in Midtown: Meet Ron Frasch

Tom Vanderbilt | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Tom Vanderbilt

New York City is considering changing the zoning in the Garment District, the heart of American fashion. This decision would transform the industry and the neighborhood.

Made in Midtown: Meet Andrew Rosen, Theory

Tom Vanderbilt | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Tom Vanderbilt

The Design Trust for Public Space, a nonprofit devoted to improving New York City's public realm, has partnered with the Council of Fashion Designers of America to create Made in Midtown.

Made in Midtown: Meet Shelly Steffee

Tom Vanderbilt | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Tom Vanderbilt

Currently the City of New York is considering a proposal to change the zoning in the Garment District -- decisions that would transform the industry and the neighborhood.

Why News is Too Important to Be Left to Journalists

Kirk Cheyfitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Kirk Cheyfitz

As the media business fractures under the enormous pressure of changing technology and culture, it is critical to focus on how to include as many voices as possible in telling the stories that matter most.

Metro Inequality: What Cities Can Do About the Shrinking Middle Class

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Traub

Even the good times of the 2000s weren't so good for most of Americans, since a disproportionate share of the gains went to the very highest income earners.

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.

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.

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...

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.