Special Issue 2009
Why a special issue of City Journal?
New York remains rich in the ultimate resource: human capital.
After the financial meltdown, Mayor Bloombergs luxury product has become unaffordable.
Balancing the books doesnt take genius, just political courage.
New Yorks preeminent industry has changed forever.
Selling New Yorks vast public-housing stock would generate enormous revenues and help the poor.
The Big Apples half-billion-dollar tort tax dwarfs other cities.
Zoning should spur building, not prevent it.
Renewing the Empire State
Wall Streets woes leave the state no choice but to slash spending.
New York needs cheaper powerand more of it.
The MTAs labor costs are crowding out money for a twenty-first-century system.
Dysfunctional policies are driving away millions of residents and billions of dollars.
Where a tax-eating majority votes itself a permanent income
Government by a single factionthe unions
The Social Order
The NYPDs crime-fighting sparked the citys economic revival and is essential to its future.
A citywide effort, involving many agencies and institutions, helped restore order.
Will financial pressures undermine the citys safety?
Government should stop discouraging low-income fathers from working.
Fixing the Schools
Seven achievable reforms for better schools
School choice can help special-ed students and keep the Catholic-school option alive in the inner city.
New York has been down this road beforecolorfully, memorably, and temporarily.
A portfolio of everyday life
Risky investments have endangered New Yorks leading arts institutions.
New York Minutes