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City Limits Magazine, May 2002 Issue

City Limits Magazine, May 2002 Issue

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Cover Story: Truth, Justice and the American Way.

Other stories include Matt Pacenza on the fight between two communities over waterfront development in Williamsburg; Gillian Andrews on the nation's Peace Corps moving away from the Volunteers in Service to America; Robert Kolker analyzes why Rikers is still the biggest psychiatric center in the city despite judge demands two years ago; J.W. Mason on the possibility of defining the living wage in New York City and implementing it; Eleanor J. Bader's book review of "A School of Our Own: Parents, Power and Community at the East Harlem Block Schools" by Tom Roderick; David Jason Fischer on the Workforce Investment Act; and more.

Cover Story: Truth, Justice and the American Way.

Other stories include Matt Pacenza on the fight between two communities over waterfront development in Williamsburg; Gillian Andrews on the nation's Peace Corps moving away from the Volunteers in Service to America; Robert Kolker analyzes why Rikers is still the biggest psychiatric center in the city despite judge demands two years ago; J.W. Mason on the possibility of defining the living wage in New York City and implementing it; Eleanor J. Bader's book review of "A School of Our Own: Parents, Power and Community at the East Harlem Block Schools" by Tom Roderick; David Jason Fischer on the Workforce Investment Act; and more.

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EDITORIAL
A
BURNING
DESIRE
For aminute,
yo
u
co
uldhaveswornthe man
was
channeling Ru
dy.
"If
yo
uwere to put anincinerator in the middle
of
Park Avenue," saidMayorBloombergdefiantly,"youwo
ul
d drive
away
the revenue base that supports the city." He
was
responding to areporter's provocative but important question:Would the mayoraccept one
of
the new garbage incinerators
he's
proposing
if
it were located near his own UpperEast Side townhouse?
Bl
oomberg actu
all
y never did
say
"No."Whathe did
say
was
the
fo
ll
owing:
"T
he fact
of
the matter
is
that where
yo
utend
to
sitethings,unfortunately, tends to be in
areas
that are
also
in proximity
to
people who are just starting theirwayupthe economic ladde
r.
...
You
don't
have
the option
of
putting an incinerator in every sin
gle
neighborhood just to share the pain."
Therevenue
base
that
supportsthe
city.
Bloomberg's statement
was
an honestadmission
of
whath
as
become the one consistently identifiab
le
policy for his administration:
The
city's prospects for revenue come first, evenwhen other important interests are at stake.Revenu
es
are,quite
li
terally, the bottom line.
Of
course, no mayor can close a $4billionbudget hole with anyrhing other thanbrute
pragmatism-the
very tack that
is
leadingBloomberg to propose incineration in the firstplace.
In
the wake
of
Giuliani's spending spreeon stadiums andlitigation and other items
of
dubious economicbenefit, the new mayor'srhriftiness
is
something to be appreciated.And Bloomberg
is,
after
all,
simply stating atruth: essential but noxious enterprises have
always
been located near thehomes
of
thosewho can't afford to
live
better. (Though
it's
worth noting that Upper East Siders clearly tol erate the tradeoffs that come with a dense urbanenvironment: their avenues
are
virtual commuter and truck highways, and Park Avenueitself
is
built on top
of
Metro North tracks.)No, what
is
so
t
ro
ubling abouth
is
comments
is
that one
of
the
few
people who has power
to
change the course
of
history insists on pointing
to
al
egacy
of
discrimination
as
a mandate
for
future action.
No
one other thanthat reporter
is
asking
him
toputa smokestack right on Park
Ave
nu
e.
But there are a wholelot
of
people
in
the city who are counting Mayor
Bl
oomberg
to
consider their environment seriously. Asking
res-
idents
of
Hunts Point or
Far
Rockaway to
pay
for schools and cops with their health becausethey don't
have
the cash
is
a
grave
abdication
of
what government
exists to
do. Sometimes, thereare bottom lines other than the bottom line.Bloomberg's not a
CEO
anymore, no morethan Giualiani
was
a ptosecutor after 1993. It'sworth rememberingthe consequences whenGiuliani refused to accept that
his
job description had changed. Let'shope MayorBloomberg understands the difference between running a company and running a city.
-Alyssa
Katz
Editor
Cover
photographs
by
John
P.
Lawson
,
SimonLee
and Gregory
P.
Mango
;
from
top
left
:
Sowore Omoyele
,
Monam
i
Maulik
,
Seema
Agnani
,
Marina
Shapiro
,
Jacek
Bikowski
.
Centel
or
an
F
UtrOan
u ure
The Center for an Urban Future
the sister organization of City Limits
www.nycfuture.org
No
tall
of
the influential writingabout policyissu
es
in NelVYork
City
today
is
cotningfr
om
the
Ri
ght.
Combining City Limits'zest forinvestigative reporting with thorough policy analysis,the Center for an Urban Future is regularly influencing New York's decision makers with fact-driven studies about policyissues that are important to all five boroughs and to New Yorkers of all socio-economic levels.
Go to our website or contact us to obtain any of our recent studies:
01
After the Gold
Rush
:The Ongoing
Opportunity
in Information Technology (March 2002)
01
Going
on with the
Show:Arts & Culture in
New
York
Cityafter
September
11
(November 2001)
01
Under
the
Mattress:
Why
NYC's
Jobs
System Remains a Work Progress,(November 2001)
01
Sudden Impact:Many
of
NYC's Vital Sectors Seriously by September
11
Attack
(October 2001)
To
obtain a report,
get
on
our
mailing list
or
sign up for
our
free e-mail policy updates,contact Research Director Jonathan Bowles
at
bowles@nycfuture.org
or
(212) 479-3347.
City
Limits
relies
on
thegenerous
support
of
its
readers
and advertisers,
as
well
asthe
following
funders:
The
R
bert
Sterling
ClarkFoundation,
The
Child
Welfare
F
und,
The
U
nitarian
U
niversalist
Veatch
P
ogram
at
Shelter
R
ock,
O
en
Society
Institute,
The
Joyce
Mertz-
G
lmore
Foundation,
The
Scherman
Fou
n
dato
n 
JPMorganChase
,
The
Annie
E.
Casey
F
oundatio
n T
e
B
oot
h F
erris
F
ou
nd
atIO
n 
Th
eN
w
Yo
rkCo
mm
unity
T
ust,
The
Taconic
F
oundatio
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SC,
D
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cheBan
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oundation,
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ew
York
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ion.
 
CONTENTS
13
DIAGNOSIS:
INSANITY
Two
years
after
a
udge
ordered the
city
to
help the
mentally
ill
stay
out of
jail,
RikersIsland is
still
the
onlyplace
in
New
York
where
they'reguaranteedcare.
By
Robert
Kolker
SPECIAL
FEATURE:
IMMIGRANTACTIVISTS
18
TRUTH,
JUSTICE
AND THE
AMERICAN
WAY
They
started
out
in
farawaylands
from
liberia
to
Egypt,
Philippines
to
Chicago-and
today,
they
are
all
New
Yorkers.They're also not
just
accepting
their
new home
as-is.
Meet
20
of the
city's
brightestimmigrant
stars,
rattling
not
just
cages,
but
old
ways
of
building
a
stronger society.
5
FRO
NTLI
N
ES:
WANTED:
ELECTRIC
ROOF
GARDENS
...
OPENING
UP
WILLIAMSBURG'S
OLD
WOUNDS
...
LEAVING
CROWN
HEIGHTS BEHIND
...
GOV
SEZ
NO
MORE
BOOTHS:
WHAT
NOW?
..
THREATENING
TAOIST TACTICS
...
DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT: QUICK AND DIRTY?
10
HASTA
LA
VISTA
Ever
sincethey
moved
their
program's
office
out
of
New York
City
last
year
,
Gotham
's
VISTA
volunteers-staff
for
the
domestic
Peace
Corps-have
been
floundering.
By
Gillian
Andrews
IN~~~
GENCE
30
THE BIG
IDEA
Opponents to
living
wage
laws
claim that raising
pay
hurtsnot
just
businesses butworkers,too.
Too
bad
the
newest
data
says
they're
wrong.
By
lW.
Mason
32
CITY LIT
A
School
of
Our
Own:
Parents, Power
and
Community
at
the
East Harlem
Block
Schools
,
by
Tom
Roderick.
Reviewed
by
Eleanor
J.
Bader
MAY
2002
34
MAKING
CHANGE
Being
a
andlord might bring
in
cash,
but
it's
tough
work,
in
which
disaster
is always
around the
corner.
One
of the
city's
most
successful nonprofits
is
giving
it
a
shot
anyway.
By
Judith
Matloff
36
NYC
INC.
The
city's
desperate
need
for job
training
is
finally
getting
some
attention,
but
progress
won't
come
until
the
suits
join
bureaucrats
and
advocates at
the
table.
By
David
Jason
Fischer
2
EDITORIAL
4
LETTERS
41
JOB
ADS
44
PROFESSIONAL
DIRECTORY
46
OFFICE
OF
THE
CITY VISIONARY
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