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City Limits Magazine, March 1996 Issue

City Limits Magazine, March 1996 Issue

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Cover Story: Holes in the Net, at the threshold of a new era in telecommunications, poor communities look to the promise of a wired future. Powerful forces may be blocking the way by Kim Nauer.

Other stories include Tom Beer on parents' drive for AIDS education in school; Mohamad Bazzi on CUNY student and faculty organizing to stop more than $100 million in planned cuts to CUNY schools; Gene Bryan Johnson on the city's flawed new AIDS plan; Jeremy Quittner on families battling the threat of eviction from the Jewish Theological Seminary; Peter Marcuse on the documented growing inequality in rents and housing conditions; Glenn Thrush on Jonathan Kozol's depiction of life in Mott Haven in his book "Amazing Grace;" Shawn Dove on the need for summer jobs programs for teens; James Bradley on Giuliani and budget problems; William Kornblum's book review of "The War Against the Poor: The Underclass and Antipoverty Policy," by Herbert J. Gans; Rose Marie Arce on her unsuccessful return home to a more conservative family during the holidays.
Cover Story: Holes in the Net, at the threshold of a new era in telecommunications, poor communities look to the promise of a wired future. Powerful forces may be blocking the way by Kim Nauer.

Other stories include Tom Beer on parents' drive for AIDS education in school; Mohamad Bazzi on CUNY student and faculty organizing to stop more than $100 million in planned cuts to CUNY schools; Gene Bryan Johnson on the city's flawed new AIDS plan; Jeremy Quittner on families battling the threat of eviction from the Jewish Theological Seminary; Peter Marcuse on the documented growing inequality in rents and housing conditions; Glenn Thrush on Jonathan Kozol's depiction of life in Mott Haven in his book "Amazing Grace;" Shawn Dove on the need for summer jobs programs for teens; James Bradley on Giuliani and budget problems; William Kornblum's book review of "The War Against the Poor: The Underclass and Antipoverty Policy," by Herbert J. Gans; Rose Marie Arce on her unsuccessful return home to a more conservative family during the holidays.

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Right, Rudy
B
ased
on
experience
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guess
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ma
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or
would
have
gone
if a
Democrat
was in the
driver
's
seat at
City
Hall
.
Think
about
it
.
Mayor
Giuliani got
the
Patrolmen
's
Benevolent
Association
leadership so riled
up
,
they
claimedthey wouldn
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back him
in
the
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PBA
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?
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dispute
was
over
a
new
state law
t
hattakes
mediation
of
uniformed
services
contract
disput
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out
of
he hands
of
city officialsand
gives
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to
a
state-appointed
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legisla
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Democrats-backed
the
law almost unanimousl
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it:
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Democratic
mayor
would
have
rolled
over
and
said
"
Uncle"
at
the
first opportunity
,
to
c
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favor
with the
law-and-order
PBA.
EDITORIAL
In recent years Democrats
have sJwwn
consistent
weakness when
it
comes to
making
tough decisions and
sticking
to
them
,
particularly
where thecops
are
concerned.
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all
the
disagreements
City
limits
has with
City
Hall
when
it
comes
to
dealing with
poverty
issues
and budget policy
,
there's no
denying Giuliani
was
right
on
this
one.The
samecan
be
said
of
he
mayor
's
decisiontoloosen
child
welfare
privacy
regulations.
For
years
,
good-government
groups
and
the
press
sought to
do
away with
fUles
that
allowed government
officials
to
hide
their
most egregious mistakes
behind legally mandated
cries
of"
No
comment
."
Democratic
mayors
have
never
dared
do
anythingabout
it.
Giuliani
did.
And
now
we
are
learning
more
about
the
inner
workings
of
child
welfarethan
ever
before.
As
usual,
Giuliani's
done
half
he
job
right. ItsJwuldn
't
be
this
way
.
We
sJwuld have
a
mayor
wJw
is
not
only strong-willed and
able to abidebytough decisions,
but
also
compassionate
and
interested
in
building
up
the
standard
of
living
of
the
millions
of
NewYorkers
livingwithincomes below the
poverty
line.
Instead
we
appear
doomed
10
having
one
or
the
other.
What
gives?
You
don't haveto remove
your
heartto
keep
a
spine.
Anyone preparing
to
run
for
mayor next year
sJwuld
learn
the
lesson
well
.
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CITY
LIMITS
 
MARCH 1996
THE
GRID
~
.
,
FEATURES
Holes
in
the
Net
~
he
Web
ain't
wide
enough.Telecommunications
refonn
and the
Internet
should
be vital
assets
to
poor communities
.
But
they
won't
be.
A
report
on who gets
wired
and who gets
a
shock.
By
Kim
Nauer
Mind
the
Gap
~
till
in
the
poorhouse. Once
every three years the
cityreleases
itshousing
numbers.
The
results
are
in.
There'sstill
a
housing
emergency-and
the
poor
are out in
the
cold.
By
Peter
Marcuse
PROFILE
Facing Down the
System
~
ity teachers
and
principals
are
shortchangingtheir students
when
it
comes
to AIDS
edu-cation.
A
parents group
takes on the
bureaucracy.
By
Tom
Beer
PIPELINES
Class
Axe
m.-
GeorgePataki's latest cuts
to
higher education could spell expulsion
for 11,000
city
stu-
dents.
Sowhyare CUNY
supportersfightingeach
other
instead
of
fighting back?
ByMohamadBazzi
StressFractures
~
n
AIDS
agencydisintegrates
.
So does the
coalition
that
wants to put
it
back together.
By
Gene
Bryan
Johnson
Morningside
Lows
~
he Jewish Theological Serninary
gives the
boot
to
eight
families
in
MorningsideHeights.
ByJeremyQuittner
Appraising"Grace"
~
merica
loves
Jonathan
Kozol's
new
book-but
someleaders
inthe
Bronx neighborhood
he wroteabo
ut
say he missed the gold
thatgilds
the
gloom.
By
Glenn
Thrush
COMMENTARY
Cityview
Jobless Summer
The Press
This Time
's
For
Real
Review
UnderclassHype
Spare
Change
You
Can
't
Go Home
DEPARTMENTS
Briefs
LegalServices
'
Bankruptcy?
UNITE'sFirst
Fight
People's
Budget OfficeNo-Sin
Inn
&,7
Editorial
Letters
Professional
Directory
Job
Ads
127
ByShawn
Dove
By
James Bradley
129
By
William
KornblumBy
Rose Marie
Arce
2
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