Family attraction

Cities | New Yorkers ask: How can cities become more appealing to families with children?
by Emily Belz
Posted 9/25/19, 05:58 pm

A New York moment: 

For the last century New York City, particularly Manhattan, has been a place that families leave once they have school-age children, a migration mostly due to high rents and a spotty education system. Last week smart New Yorkers—The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson, the Manhattan Institute’s Kay Hymowitz, and property developer Brad Hargreaves—gathered at a Manhattan Institute event to discuss this issue over the clatter of tiny plates of cured meats and marinated olives.

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Weight of the ordinary

Q&A | Crosses and stucco in the ‘holy land’ of suburbia
by Steve West
Posted 4/11/19, 02:47 pm

Prickly social critic James Howard Kunstler once said “suburbs are the embodiment of existential evil.” Critics regularly condemn them as wastelands of cookie-cutter construction, social conformity, anomie, and racial segregation—and yet that’s where 55 percent of Americans live.

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Houses in the neighborhood

Cities | Christians in New York gather to discuss the problem of housing in an expensive city
by Emily Belz
Posted 4/03/19, 10:30 am

A New York moment:

On Monday night almost 200 people packed out an upper room of W83 Ministry Center, the Upper West Side building where Redeemer Presbyterian Church meets, to talk about housing. It’s a hot topic in one of the most expensive places to live in the country and where homelessness is at the highest levels since the Great Depression.

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