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Heather Mac Donald
Welfare Reform Discoveries

Surprisingly, New York City is a big workfare success, and Wisconsin’s touted reforms work better in the boondocks than in the cities. Both experiments show that workfare solves only part of the welfare riddle.
Kay S. Hymowitz
At Last, a Job Program That Works

Most of Strive’s graduates are still working after two years. The secret: hard skills don’t count; attitute does.
Richard Gilder
Set the Parks Free

The Central Park Conservancy has made one of the city’s treasures sparkle. Shouldn’t it, and other able managers, do the same for all our parks?
Howard Husock
We Don’t Need Subsidized Housing

Why has this perenially seductive idea never worked out in reality? These are the powerful reasons why housing subsidies always do more harm than good.
Peter D. Salins
Rent Control’s Last Gasp

At long last, Albany is poised to liberate the city’s housing market—and New Yorkers will benefit greatly.
Thomas P. Hirschfeld
The Coming Showdown in Media City

Upstart electronic media companies can already do much that New York’s media giants do. Will the new firms beat the old leviathans—or join them? And will New York remain Media City?
Joel Kotkin
San Diego: A City for the New Millenium

The future belongs to cities like this, where small government makes sure that entrepreneurial, knowledge-based companies can flourish.
Tom Baril
Bridges: A Portfolio
Jonathan Foreman
My Life as an Associate
Daniel Seligman
Poker Memories
Leo Trachtenberg
Marks in the Snow
In Prospect
Theodore Dalrymple
Oh, to be in England

Good-bye, Cruel World
Lisa Schiffren
West Side Diarist

Baffled Compassion

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