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NYC Looks To Open Data Portal To More Users

November 11th, 2016

NYC Looks To Open Data Portal To  More Users

By Eric Hornbeck New York City collects vast amounts of data every day on the activities of its agencies and citizens. For the last several years it has posted reams of that data, from restaurant health inspections to 311 calls, on its open data portal. As the availability and use of that data has increased, it’s also become a source of profit for one particular group of New Yorkers — those on Wall Street. That for-profit use of government data has raised some concerns, but it’s largely been off the city’s radar. Instead, the city wants to make sure its data is used by even more users, including community organizations and nonprofits.

Challenges to Achieving New York City’s Affordable Housing Goals: Reconciling Mandatory Inclusionary Housing, Community Preference Requirements, and Fair Housing Laws

May 26th, 2016

Challenges to Achieving New York City’s Affordable Housing Goals: Reconciling Mandatory Inclusionary Housing, Community Preference Requirements, and Fair Housing Laws

By Professor Andrea McArdle  I. Introduction Under the mayoral administration of Bill de Blasio, New York City has embarked on an ambitious affordable housing initiative mandating that real estate developers include below-market-rate units in rezoned areas of the city.  Although approved by the New York City Council, the policy faces continuing community opposition, the expiration of a state tax subsidy law that would have attracted developers to participate in the plan, and likely complications as a result of a lawsuit filed last year challenging a community preference provision the City enforces with its affordable housing projects. This series of developments presents a number of challenges to realizing   the City’s affordable housing goals.

Shut Out of Airbnb: A Proposal for Remedying Housing Discrimination in the Modern Sharing Economy

May 26th, 2016

Shut Out of Airbnb: A Proposal for Remedying Housing Discrimination in the Modern Sharing Economy

By Jamila Jefferson-Jones* Introduction The modern sharing economy[1] is a diverse marketplace made up of various types of organizations and structures, including shared housing.[2]  What ties these various components together is that they “generally facilitate community ownership, localized production, sharing, cooperation, [and] small scale enterprise.”[3]  The housing segment of the sharing economy is also a part of what has been termed the “experience economy.”[4]   Within the experience economy, “the crucial role of experiences [is] understood as (positive) emotions, values and identities in value creation.”[5]  Thus, in theory, the housing segment of the sharing economy combines both the community and trust elements of “sharing” and the freedom and adventure of the “experience.”

Volume XLIII Editorial Board

March 9th, 2015

Volume XLIII Editorial Board

Congratulations to the 2015-2016 Editorial Board of the Fordham Urban Law Journal!   Editor-in-Chief: Jenna Lowy Managing Editor: Sean Jaime Business Editor: Shai Vander Online Managing Editor: Henry Parr Senior Articles Editor: Michael D’Ambrosio Writing and Research Editor: Rodrigo Bacus Cooper-Walsh Editor: Nicolette Ursini Symposium Editor: Moshe Peters   Notes and Articles Editor: Hunter Brook Notes and Articles Editor: Mary Dolan Notes and Articles Editor: Carlos Ugalde Notes and Articles Editor: William Brophy Notes and Articles Editor: Colleen Powers Notes and Articles Editor: Heather Zimmer Notes and Articles Editor: Natasia Siveski

Urban Planning: The Truth Behind Hosting a Super Bowl

February 7th, 2015

Urban Planning: The Truth Behind Hosting a Super Bowl

By Carlos F. Ugalde On February 1st, the New England Patriots rallied late to win Super Bowl XLIX over the Seattle Seahawks at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. I am sure that many of the viewers wondered why the championship game took place in Arizona rather than Seattle, WA, or Foxborough, MA.

De Blasio Prefers School to Work: The Fate of Workfare

November 17th, 2014

By Henry Parr The New York Times reported last week[1] that Mayor Bill de Blasio has vowed to reform the city’s welfare program and to remove its “workfare program.” Workfare is one of the city’s largest welfare programs that requires recipients to work assigned jobs in order to receive unemployment assistance. Under the city’s current Work Experience Program (WEP), participants have to work up to 35 hours a week at assigned public agencies, non-profits, religious institutions, and private companies, in order to receive public assistance.[2]

A Significant Stride for New York’s Legal System: Cuomo Agrees to Settlement

November 13th, 2014

By Jared Gans   Over fifty years ago, the Supreme Court held in the case of Gideon v. Wainwright that states are required to provide defense lawyers to people charged with serious crimes and who are unable to afford legal counsel.   Almost everyone is familiar with the Miranda warning, which states in part that “[y]ou have the right to an attorney…If you cannot afford one, one will be provided for you at no cost to you.” However, is there really no cost?

2. “The Statute of Northampton by the Late Eighteenth Century: Clarifying the Intellectual Legacy” by Patrick J. Charles

December 20th, 2013

2. "The Statute of Northampton by the Late Eighteenth Century: Clarifying the Intellectual Legacy" by Patrick J. Charles

In a article examining the “myths and realities about early American gun regulation,” Saul Cornell provides new insight as to how the right to arms outside the home evolved in Antebellum law.[1]  Cornell’s article is arguably the first to seriously examine this legal development and I do not challenge his general findings in this regard.[2]  Where we seemingly diverge is the role that the Statute of Northampton served in this process, particularly its intellectual impact by the turn of the nineteenth century.[3]

Discussing Retroactive Amelioration with Harold J. Krent & S. David Mitchell

May 30th, 2013

Discussing Retroactive Amelioration with Harold J. Krent & S. David Mitchell

“Tragedy or Triumph in Post-Katrina New Orleans?” by John A. Lovett

May 30th, 2013

"Tragedy or Triumph in Post-Katrina New Orleans?" by John A. Lovett