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Urban Development

Learning From the Dutch After Superstorm Sandy

Henk Ovink, the Netherlands' acting director-general of Spatial Planning and Water Affairs, is now a senior advisor to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and the creative force behind "Rebuild by Design."

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Sam Lewis  |  October 18, 2011 4:00 AM | 33 Comments
Displaced by urban renewal in 1951, former residents of West 99th Street make a point of reuniting every year. MetroFocus spoke to the documentary filmmaker who captured their story on film.
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Sam Lewis  |  September 9, 2011 6:00 AM | 1 Comment
Leading up to the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, MetroFocus spent several days exploring the streets around the World Trade Center site. We wanted to see how the events of that day still shape people’s daily experiences.
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Marissa Miller for Gotham Gazette  |  September 1, 2011 10:03 AM | 2 Comments
Many young people turn up on the streets or in jail after they age out of the city's childcare system. The latest in Gotham Gazette's poverty series looks at efforts to change that.VIDEO
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Catherine Dunn for City Limits  |  August 17, 2011 7:55 AM | 1 Comment
The crisis in the national housing market has slipped from the front pages, but it's still big news in New York's neighborhoods of color.
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Zach Bergson for Gotham Gazette  |  August 15, 2011 11:00 AM | Comments
New policies by the HIV/AIDS Service Administration make it even more difficult for people living with the disease to obtain affordable housing, let alone pay for it.
Case manager Javier Osorio visits Grace Moore in her Brooklyn apartment.
Patrick Egan for City Limits  |  August 11, 2011 10:23 AM | Comments
New York City's senior centers avoided a disastrous budget cut this year. But the passing of that threat masks a subtler one: the gradual erosion of an array of services New York City offers its elderly. City Limits reports.
The Fulton Houses on 17th Street in Manhattan. The New York City Housing Authority, the landlord for public housing like the Fulton Houses, is having trouble keeping its top employees. Flickr/dandeluca
Adam Lisberg for City Hall News  |  August 10, 2011 9:54 AM | Comments
Two years after Mayor Michael Bloomberg tapped Wall Street veteran John Rhea to provide new leadership at the embattled New York City Housing Authority, the agency’s top ranks are emptying out.
According to a new resident survey, Fifty-seven percent gave a 'D' or 'F' for the maintenance; the average grade for management was a C-. MetroFocus/Sam Lewis
Alexa Kasdan and Lindsay Cattell  |  August 10, 2011 6:00 AM | 1 Comment
Public housing buildings are full of broken elevators, mold and leaky ceilings, impacting the quality of life for residents. The New York City Housing Authority can and should do better by these residents.
Real estate holdings of New York's key players in high education, which is a potent force of development across the city, now and in the future.
Mitchell L. Moss for The Architect's Newspaper  |  August 4, 2011 9:27 AM | 1 Comment
Allthough New York is not known as a college town, the city has used higher education as a potent force for economic development.
JPMorgan is one of five lenders in negotiations with the U.S. Department of Justice and state attorneys general to settle claims tied to foreclosure abuses.
Gena Mangiaratti for City Limits  |  August 4, 2011 9:24 AM | Comments
Six advocacy groups say that JPMorgan Chase deserves a poor rating from the Community Reinvestment Act's examination -- the act aims to reduce redlining and meet the credit needs of low income residents.
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