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Report - March 2008

Affordable Housing Gaps in High Cost Urban Areas

As the nation’s housing and lending crisis began to unfurl in 2007, banking, government and housing experts convened for a groundbreaking conference sponsored by the Office of Thrift Supervision and Citi to discuss the future of affordable housing in NYC. This white paper details the ideas discussed.

Report - November 2007

Still Lost in Translation

A new analysis shows that the enormous gap between demand for ESOL and the supply of available classes in New York State has gotten even worse over the past year.

Report - August 2007

A Bumpy Ride

This new report finds that cultural trolleys hold promise in raising the profile of arts institutions outside of Manhattan, but a lack of marketing funds and operational challenges means most trolley programs have not yet boosted attendance at local cultural venues.

Report - August 2007

Working to Learn, Learning to Work

This new report by the Center and the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy documents the critical importance to New York's economy of expanding college attendance among working adults, and finds that the rate at which adults attend college has fallen sharply.

Report - June 2007

Work in Progress

This report finds that four years after Mayor Bloomberg moved to remake workforce development in NYC, much has been accomplished, but even more remains to be done.

Report - June 2007

Summer Help

This report finds that NYC’s Summer Youth Employment Program will serve 21 percent fewer young people this summer than in 1999, a troubling decline since the city’s teen employment rate is half the national average.

Report - April 2007

Staten Island 2020

This new report shows that New York’s fastest-growing borough faces serious economic and infrastructure challenges, from an exodus of young people to stubbornly high vacancy rates in the borough’s office buildings.

Report - February 2007

A Thousand Cuts

This new report by the Center and NYATEP finds that now more than ever, New York needs a strong workforce development system -- but declining funds and uncoordinated programs are obstacles to progress.

Report - February 2007

A World of Opportunity

This new report by the Center documents that immigrant entrepreneurs have emerged as a key engine of economic growth for cities from New York to Los Angeles--and, with the right support, could provide an even bigger boost to these cities in the years ahead.

Report - February 2007

Cause for Distress

This report reveals that thousands of housing units across the county are being lost to foreclosure and disrepair, and offers strategies for protecting this stock of distressed housing.

Report - November 2006

Lost in Translation

This new report finds that while immigrants have become a growing part of the workforce in nearly every corner of New York State, the state-run English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program has not come close to keeping pace with the demand, creating a skills gap that could hurt the state's economic competitiveness.

Report - August 2006

Rethinking New York’s Street Fairs

In this policy brief, the Center documents that city street fairs are dominated by a handful of the same vendors selling bland items like tube socks and t-shirts, and that a surprisingly high percentage of vendors are based outside of the city. It calls on the city to make the fairs less generic.

Report - June 2006

The Final Frontier

In this policy brief, the Center urges the Bloomberg administration to back proposals to redevelop two vacant government warehouses in Sunset Park that would create 2 million square feet of space for manufacturers at a time when industrial firms in NYC are feeling squeezed.

Report - May 2006

Chance of a Lifetime

In this report, the Center finds that the anticipated retirement of tens of thousands of Baby Boomers in the next few years will create an unprecedented opportunity for New York City to move significant numbers of young, at-risk New Yorkers into career-track jobs.

Report - April 2006

Ready or Not

This new report focuses on the alarming number of young people who graduate from New York City public high schools unprepared to succeed in college, and provides a detailed examination of three college readiness programs run by CUNY and the city's public school system. The report concludes that a lack of institutional support from the city's top education officials may make it difficult to expand or improve upon these programs in the years ahead.

Report - March 2006

More Hard Times for New York’s Working Families

This new report by the Center for an Urban Future and the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy reveals that the number of working poor families in the state has continued to rise in recent years.

Report - December 2005

Creative New York

This groundbreaking report shows that New York's vast creative sector, from arts organizations to ad agencies, is one of the city's most important, and least understood, economic assets.

Report - August 2005

Framing the 2005 Mayoral Debate: Issues & Proposals for the Candidates

This report, which the Center for an Urban Future produced in partnership with the Regional Plan Association and the Center for New York City Affairs, is designed to inform candidates and educate voters about nine key issues that New York's next mayor will face over the next four years, from education and economic development to child welfare and homelessness.

Report - June 2005

Workforce Intermediaries: Powering Regional Economies in the New Century

CUF Project Director David Jason Fischer assesses lessons learned from three key workforce intermediaries funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. This report discusses the importance of the intermediary approach and the qualities of organizations that can best serve in this role.

Report - June 2005

The Road to Good Employment Retention

In this report for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Center examines three projects from the Casey-sponsored Jobs Initiative that have managed to place and retain high numbers of low-skilled individuals.

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