Commentary/Op-Ed - August 2006

Q&A with Coney Island entrepreneur Dianna Carlin

In the Center's latest Q&A with business leaders and policy experts from around the five boroughs, CUF director Jonathan Bowles interviews Dianna Carlin, founder of Lola Staar, an eclectic boutique with locations on Coney Island's boardwalk and in the base of the Cyclone roller coaster. Read what Carlin has to say about the changes proposed for Coney Island and some of the surprising obstacles she's faced as an entrepreneur in the neighborhood.

Commentary/Op-Ed - November 2005

What the Next Mayor Must Do

In this op-ed from the Nov. 9 Daily News, CUF director Jonathan Bowles highlights a number of important issues that Mayor Bloomberg will have to address in his second term. For a more detailed look at the most pressing issues facing the mayor, please check out "Framing the 2005 Mayoral Debate," a recent study issued by the Center for an Urban Future, the Regional Plan Association and the Center for New York City Affairs.

Commentary/Op-Ed - October 2005

Q&A with Irwin Cohen: Learning From Chelsea Market’s Success

In the Center's latest Q&A with NYC's leading economic development experts, CUF director Jonathan Bowles speaks with Chelsea Market developer Irwin Cohen about the role of food markets in economic development, the planned High Line development and the future of the Bronx Terminal Market.

Commentary/Op-Ed - August 2005

Q&A with Arturo Ignacio Sánchez: How Important Are Immigrant Entrepreneurs to New York City’s Econom

In the latest in our series of conversations with leading NYC economic development experts, CUF research director Jonathan Bowles interviews Arturo Ignacio Sánchez, an urban planner based at LaGuardia Community College and a longtime member of Queens Community Board 3, about the impact that immigrant entrepreneurs are having on New York's economy.

Commentary/Op-Ed - May 2005

Q&A with Neil Pariser: Can the South Bronx be a New Beacon of Growth?

In the fifth in our ongoing series of conversations with leading NYC economic development experts, CUF research director Jonathan Bowles interviews Neil Pariser, Senior Vice President of the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO) about a flurry of development projects on tap in the Bronx.

Commentary/Op-Ed - March 2005

Q&A with Red Hook Developer Greg O’Connell: the Importance of Balanced Growth

With Red Hook poised for growth through the advent of big retail stores and a cruise ship terminal, the Center for an Urban Future went to speak with developer Greg O'Connell, one of the people most responsible for the neighborhood's rebirth.

Commentary/Op-Ed - February 2005

Help those whose hard work is no just reward

In this Newsday op-ed, CUF project director David Fischer and Schuyler Center executive director Karen Schimke discuss Governor Pataki's proposed 2006 state budget in the context of New York's low-income working families.

Commentary/Op-Ed - January 2005

Q&A with Wellington Chen: Is Flushing poised for future growth?

The Center recently took the Number 7 train to Main Street to ask Wellington Chen, a land use planner and former commissioner of the Board of Standards and Appeals, for his thoughts on Flushing's future.

Commentary/Op-Ed - December 2004

Q&A With Susan Meeker

With Staten Island facing a number of hot-button development issues, CUF recently spoke with Susan Meeker, executive director of the West Brighton Community Local Development Corporation about development proposals for the North Shore waterfront, the borough's nightmarish traffic congestion, and more.

Commentary/Op-Ed - December 2004

We can do more to close the ‘broadband gap’

In this op-ed for Newsday, CUF Research Director Jonathan Bowles explains steps New York City can take to bring reliable broadband internet access to every corner of the five boroughs.

Commentary/Op-Ed - November 2004

Q&A with Kenneth Knuckles

In the first edition of this new monthly online feature, CUF Research Director Jonathan Bowles talks with Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone CEO Kenneth Knuckles about development plans in Harlem, proposed expansion at Columbia University and the future of economic development in New York City.

Commentary/Op-Ed - August 2004

Unforced Error

The absence of any meaningful effort to promote the Flushing section of Queens to the millions of tennis and baseball fans who visit every year represents a missed opportunity to give the neighborhood an economic boost.

Commentary/Op-Ed - August 2004

The Big Idea: Black Male Unemployment in NYC, 2004

From the latest issue of City Limits magazine, CUF project director David Fischer argues that New York must mobilize a crisis response or risk the current high rate of black male unemployment becoming chronic.

Commentary/Op-Ed - February 2004

Ditching Class

Half of all New York City schoolteachers leave the classroom within five years--presenting a huge obstacle to Mayor Bloomberg's ambitious school reform agenda.

Commentary/Op-Ed - January 2004

Safety ‘Net

New York City is increasingly wired to help poor residents access city services and search for jobs online--but the gap between potential and practice could comprise a second Digital Divide.

Commentary/Op-Ed - December 2003

Dressed to Skill

At last, New York City shows signs of understanding that workforce development contributes to economic development. That's why the city's newest workforce authority is well suited to its job.

Commentary/Op-Ed - November 2003

Twilight Zoning

The city says the new landscape of historically industrial areas of Williamsburg will be "mixed use." But high-priced housing won't just sound the death knell for existing industry--it will weaken New York's economy, too.

Commentary/Op-Ed - October 2003

Model Cities

Data shows New York’s economic pulse has been flatlining for years. What urban wonks can learn from unlikely recovery zones in Los Angeles and Houston.

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.

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.

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