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Elusive Companies Targeted By City Crackdown on Job Scams

City Limits - 16 hours 14 min ago
The de Blasio administration is stepping up oversight of employment agencies, which need to be licensed and can only charge certain fees. But the targeted firms can change names and locations to keep operating in spite of the crackdown.

Where Do the Homeless Come From?

City Limits - 22 hours 58 min ago
It's not gentrifying neighborhoods, for the most part, according to a new report. Instead, it's the neighborhoods where people find refuge from displacement.

Trash Fight is Sequel to Bloomberg Battle

City Limits - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:00am
A bill to cap how much city trash each neighborhood has to handle hardens the targets of a policy first approved nine years ago.

My First Term at Homeless University

City Limits - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 8:17am
A homeless woman decides to think of her time in the city's shelter system as the kind of multifaceted learning experience for which some of us pay $30,000 a year.

Details Murky in Cuomo's Goal for Minority Contracts

City Limits - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 8:00am
The governor has set an ambitious goal for directing state contracts to businesses owned by women and minorities. But why did it take so long? And who is really benefiting?

City Revamping its Affordable Housing Toolkit

City Limits - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:00am
Mayor de Blasio's housing plan was full of ambition and ideas. Achieving them will require streamlining and rearranging the city's housing development system, says HPD's commissioner.

Many Biz Owners Hurt By Gas Blast Still Waiting for Aid

City Limits - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 7:03am
The governor in August announced a loan program to help small businesses who were still reeling six months after the East Harlem gas explosion. But the money is still not flowing.

Good News Mixed With Danger Signs for NYC's Job Market

City Limits - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 8:49am
The overall employment picture is improving. But the economy is still plagued by trouble for young workers, a lack of middle-skill jobs and lingering effects from the years of deep unemployment.

Long Before Today's Ebola Scare, City Fended Off Smallpox

City Limits - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 12:00am
A small 1947 outbreak was halted when the city vaccinated 600,000 in a week and at least 2.5 million overall.

Political Inertia Protects Flawed Poverty Measure

City Limits - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 9:42am
Everyone knows the federal poverty measure is inaccurate. But change would create winners and losers among the states, so Congress is unlikely to demand a better one.

Can Bill de Blasio Lead a Progressive Urban Surge?

City Limits - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 9:34am
The mayor has chalked up victories at home and rallied fellow mayors around an activist platform. Sure, this could be another false dawn for the hope of a new, national urban agenda. But maybe ...

Immigration Detainers in NYC: The Numbers

City Limits - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 12:00am
The city honored more than 3,000 such detainers over a recent 12-month period, declined to enforce 1,200 and received $42 million less than it wanted for doing Washington's immigration-enforcement grunt work.

New Tenant Protections: Got Teeth?

City Limits - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 10:27am
The city is doubling the fines for landlords who harass tenants and will publicize the names of property owners who get penalized. The only trouble is penalties are rarely imposed by judges.

Got an Idea for How to Make Cities Better?

City Limits - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:00am
If you've figured out how to help America's urban places attract talent, create opportunity or get citizens engaged, one foundation has a $5 million pool for you to tap into.

Australia's Gun-Control Lesson for NYers

City Limits - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 10:29am
Mass shootings are happening more often in the U.S., but tighter national gun control seems impossible to achieve. An Australian in New York recounts his country's response to a massacre.

Parents Battle City Schools for Special Ed Services

City Limits - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 6:55am
Sometimes the fight's over classroom setting, sometimes over a child eating their meals through a straw. Often it involves lawyers, frantic parents and a strained school system.

Brooklyn Hate Crime Spike: Cause and Effect

City Limits - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:00am
The borough's melting-pot makeup and authorities' willingness to label crimes as hateful are reasons why Kings County often reports more hate crimes than most states.

Jails, Vacant Lots and Politics: It's What's for Breakfast

City Limits - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 12:00am
Listen to's latest early morning appearance on WBAI, where we discussed the Rikers Island scandal, the potential tension between community gardeners and affordable housing developers, and more.

NYC Subway Scare Has Echoes of 2005 Alert

City Limits - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 12:00am
Then as now, the credibility of the threat was doubtful. Then as now, security was stepped up anyway. What's different now? There's not a mayoral race on.

In Wheelchairs, They Marched to Stop Climate Change

City Limits - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 12:00am
The dangers associated with floodwaters and power outages that come with storms like Sandy are magnified when you use a wheelchair or breathe through a ventilator.