Commentary/Op-Ed - September 2003

City Faces Severe Challenges to Economic Growth

This editorial based on the author's recent report Engine Failure, co-written with Joel Kotkin, originally appeared in Newsday on September 19, 2003.

Report - September 2003

Engine Failure

With economic woes that go well beyond 9/11, New York needs a bold new vision to renew the city’s economy. In this acclaimed report, the Center for an Urban Future lays out a plan for growth that transcends skyscrapers and stock tickers.

Commentary/Op-Ed - August 2003

The outrage over New York City’s storefront awning ticket blitz is justified—but so are the limits

The outrage over New York City's storefront awning ticket blitz is justified--but so are the limits on signage.

Testimony - June 2003

Testimony Supporting the Creation of a CUNY School of Professional Studies

Center director Neil Kleiman speaks to the CUNY Board of Trustees about the proposal to create a school of professional studies at CUNY

Testimony - June 2003

Transferring Workforce Programs to the Department of Small Business Services

CUF Project Director David Fischer speaks to the General Welfare Committee of the City Council on the Bloomberg Administration's move to shift job training responsibility to the Department of Small Business Services.

Commentary/Op-Ed - June 2003

Working Assets

Government should help employers hang on to their workers during tough times--it’s certainly cheaper than unemployment checks.

Testimony - May 2003

Should New York City Consider Separation From the State of New York?

CUF Research Director Jonathan Bowles addressed City Council on how New York City has been mistreated by Albany--and whether the city should ponder secession from New York state.

Commentary/Op-Ed - May 2003

Call for Backup

If the city's serious about making downtown thrive, a small investment in wireless technology will pay huge dividends.

Report - May 2003

Rearranging the Deck Chairs? New York City’s Workforce System At The Brink

In this policy brief, the Center blasts New York City's directionless workforce services policy--and offers a blueprint to turn the system around.

Commentary/Op-Ed - April 2003

NYC’s Six Closest Suburbs Gained 39,000 Jobs Over the Past Year While the City Lost 58,000 Jobs

The Center for an Urban Future charges that Pataki and Bruno's opposition to commuter tax is pure politics and shows blatant disregard for NYC’s fiscal problems and post-9/11 needs.

Testimony - April 2003

Anti-NYC Bias Dooms State’s Biotech Strategy

Testimony of Jonathan Bowles Before State Assembly Legislative Commission on Science and Technology

Commentary/Op-Ed - April 2003

City’s Jobless Need All the Help They Can Get

This op-ed on New York City workforce policy appeared in Newsday on April 30, 2003.

Commentary/Op-Ed - April 2003

Sick Transit

New York can't afford not to build a 21st-century public transportation system.

Report - March 2003

Labor Gains

Though little heeded by the public and press, union-affiliated training is transforming New York's workforce landscape. In this new report, the Center offers the first comprehensive look at labor's substantial, and successful, training efforts.

Commentary/Op-Ed - March 2003

Learning from Labor

Unions operate a number of New York City's most successful job training programs. But the publicly run workforce system has met these labor successes with indifference, or worse.

Commentary/Op-Ed - February 2003

Latest Employment Figures Make A Strong Case For New York City Receiving Special Aid From Albany And

CUF reveals that NYC accounted for 97 percent of the state's job losses and 18 percent of the national job losses over the past year.

Testimony - February 2003

Impact of the Arts on New York City’s Economy

Center deputy director Robin Keegan addressed the City Council on how arts and cultural development affect the city economy.

Commentary/Op-Ed - February 2003

Slow Down on Far West Midtown

With virtually no public discussion, the plan for Far West Midtown is going full speed ahead.

Commentary/Op-Ed - January 2003

Do Something For New York City, George!

In this press release on the eve of the governor's budget proposal, the Center offers new data to support reinstating the commuter tax--a move Governor Pataki has yet to endorse.

Testimony - December 2002

Remarks to City Council General Welfare Committee

CUF project director David Fischer gave testimony at a Dec. 5 City Council hearing on the Workforce Investment Act

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