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The Post Gets One Right On Taxis!

A recent NY Post editorial makes a good point in calling for a new process to deploy taxis in New York City. The current plan, inherited from the Bloomberg administration,  forces taxi owners to use one particular model by one particular manufacturer, and doesn't consider potential new developments in technology, style, and customer wants and needs. At one point in the previous administration's planning, a ...

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Suburban Taxpayers Vote to Support Detroit Museum

August 9, 2012 The Detroit Institute of Arts was saved from devastating budget cuts Tuesday night after voters in three Michigan counties agreed to institute a property tax increase earmarked specifically for the museum. The levy — known as a millage tax — is expected to raise $23 million a year and put the arts institute on secure financial footing for the first time in two decades. In exchange residents o ...

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The high cost of closing Indian Point

Environmentalists have long had safety concerns about Indian Point, but so far no one has come up with a viable alternative to replace the power it produces. August 8, 2012 Gov. Cuomo has repeatedly said he wants to close down Indian Point, the 2,083-megawatt nuclear plant 35 miles north of Midtown. He may have the leverage to do it — but he’d better look at the costs before he does. Indian Point provides a ...

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Heads, Yes. Tails, No.

July 27, 2012 Yes, rodents are eaten all over the world, but only in trendy New York would a rat be a gourmet dinner... and a statement of art. AT first glance the opening and dinner at the Allegra LaViola Gallery on the Lower East Side on Wednesday night looked like any other New York art event. There were stylish people from Brooklyn and Manhattan, in dark clothing and notable shoes. Photographs lined the ...

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Activists fight city to save last two buildings in Little Syria

Jun 24, 2012 Historic downtown heritage faces doom Little Syria is facing a big problem. Activists are rallying to save the last vestiges of America’s first Arab-American neighborhood before it’s too late — but the city doesn’t think the buildings are worth it. “Most people don’t realize that the center of Arab life was in the shadow of the World Trade Center,” said Todd Fine, an organizer with Save Washing ...

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New Orleans Celebrates the Life of a Bandleader

Lionel Batiste, who died on July 8, was stylish, unhurried and full of music, just like the city where fans paraded in his honor, as is the local tradition. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/17/us/new-orleans-celebrates-life-of-lionel-batiste.html?smid=pl-share ...

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Things Go Swimmingly in Brooklyn

Empty About 3 Decades, Pool From the Depression Era Reopens to Cool Off Brooklyn As the giant McCarren Pool in north Brooklyn deteriorated — amid arguments, some racially tinged, over its future — the neighborhood changed. Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/29/nyregion/mccarren-pool-in-brooklyn-reopens-after-28-years.html?smid=pl-share ...

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This Column Is Not Sponsored by Anyone

Thomas Friedman May 12, 2012 Politics may have America divided, but markets do, too, especially in a society where everything is up for sale. Excerpts: PORING through Harvard philosopher Michael Sandel’s new book, “What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets,” I found myself over and over again turning pages and saying, “I had no idea.” ..."I knew that stadiums are now named for corporations, but had ...

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DUMBO jobs go begging amid biz boom

By RICH CALDER Apply here, tech whizzes and gamer geeks. Despite 9 percent of New Yorkers’ being unemployed, according to the state Labor Department, the growing tech industry in DUMBO, the small, affluent waterfront corridor between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, can’t find enough qualified workers. “This is a rapidly growing, competitive industry, but at the same time, there’s a major shortage in tal ...

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