Some Notes on Social Distancing

By Ian Olasov A pause in economic activity has a way of bringing the whole economic system into focus. We need to work to pay the rent, and the landlords need the rent to pay their mortgages, and the banks need mortgage payments to pay their debtors, to make new...

Are Police the Tip of the Iceberg?

By John Kleinig In a recent Guardian op-ed, Brooklyn College’s Alex Vitale repeats his long-term frustration with police, which culminated in his 2017 book, The End of Policing: police should be defunded, not reformed. In a number of respects, his exasperation is...

Rethinking Environmental Justice

New York City, and other “global” cities (e.g., Los Angeles, Delhi, Cairo), are facing twin assaults in the twenty-first century—the “creative destruction” of the capitalist world market in property and labor, and the “climate catastrophe” of rising sea levels, heat...

A Life’s Worth

By Joseph S. Biehl What makes a life worth living? Or, what might seem a more pertinent question under the current circumstances, what makes a life worth saving? As the city, the nation, and the world struggle to find ways to mitigate the toll of the Covid-19...

Echoes

Shortly after I moved to New York some years ago, I found myself at a demonstration against two police officers who were accused of rape. They had reportedly been called to assist an inebriated young woman, but one of them raped her while the other served as lookout....

Care in the City

Scientists and health care professionals often appeal to the concept of ‘herd,’ or ‘community immunity’ when discussing the value of vaccines. The greater the number of people in a community that have been vaccinated for a particular pathogen, the greater the...

Access

Image: Ink sketch by the article author of the stairs down to a subway station including an advertisement sign with the legible question, INJURED? This article is the first of a series, entitled 'Precarious Lives', that the author will be presenting here.  By Jennifer...

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