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Commentary/Op-Ed - June 2020

To help struggling small businesses, the city needs to reconsider its public spaces

CUF Executive Director Jonathan Bowles and Winston C. Fisher call on the city to think bigger about opportunities for outdoor commerce. Access to open streets, parks, markets and fairs could make the difference for hundreds if not thousands of New York entrepreneurs who have endured three months of business closures and are desperate for customers.

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Commentary/Op-Ed - May 2020

Infrastructure Investment Can Restart the Economy, but Prioritize Fixing What We Have

A bold public works program would help put New Yorkers back to work while strengthening the city's economy for the long term. But New York’s infrastructure needs are different than they were during the 1930s. Today, what the city needs most is a massive campaign to upgrade and maintain the infrastructure it already has.

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Event - May 2020

6 ideas to boost minority & immigrant-owned businesses in crisis

On May 28th, the Center for an Urban Future held a virtual policy forum to delve into the specific challenges facing immigrant and minority-owned businesses as a result of the pandemic, and explore what can be done to provide the greatest immediate support for these companies.

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Report - May 2020

Bearing the Brunt: Where NYC’s Hard-Hit Sector Workers Live

While coronavirus has devastated much of NYC's economy, our research shows that the impacts are not equally dispersed across the city: workers in the most hard-hit sectors—including restaurants, hotels, retail, and personal care services—predominantly live in lower-income neighborhoods outside Manhattan.

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Report - May 2020

Essential Yet Vulnerable: NYC’s Human Services Nonprofits Face Financial Crisis During Pandemic

In the midst of an unprecedented surge in demand, NYC's human services nonprofits are confronting millions of dollars in unexpected costs and lost revenue. This report, based on interviews with over two dozen nonprofit leaders, documents the challenges facing New York’s human services nonprofits due to coronavirus.

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Event - April 2020

Ensuring an Inclusive Economic Recovery in NYC

On April 30th, the Center for an Urban Future held a virtual policy forum to explore what city and state policymakers should do this time around—following the coronavirus pandemic—to restart the city's economy in a more inclusive way, so that New Yorkers from all backgrounds are able to benefit as the city's economy moves forward.

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