John P. Avlon is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. He served as chief speechwriter for New York mayor Rudy Giuliani and is the author of Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics.
Wendell Cox is the principal of Demographia, an international public-policy consulting firm, and a visiting professor at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris. The data in his story are from a forthcoming report to be issued by the Empire Center for New York State Policy.
Nicole Gelinas, a City Journal contributing editor and the Searle Freedom Trust Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Edward L. Glaeser is a professor of economics at Harvard University, a City Journal contributing editor, and a Manhattan Institute senior fellow.
David Gratzer, a physician, is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and the author of The Cure: How Capitalism Can Save American Health Care.
Jay P. Greene is the endowed professor of education reform at the University of Arkansas and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. He is the author of Education Myths.
Paul Howard is director of the Manhattan Institute’s Center for Medical Progress and the managing editor of its web-based journal Medical Progress Today.
Howard Husock, a contributing editor of City Journal, is the Manhattan Institute’s vice president for policy research and the director of its Social Entrepreneurship Initiative.
Kay S. Hymowitz is a contributing editor of City Journal and the William E. Simon Fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Her latest book is Marriage and Caste in America.
Stefan Kanfer, a contributing editor of City Journal and a former editor of Time, is the author, most recently, of a biography of Marlon Brando, Somebody.
George L. Kelling is a professor at the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University in Newark and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.
Phillip Lopate has written Waterfront: A Walk Around Manhattan and Rudy Burckhardt. His most recent book is Notes on Sontag.
Heather Mac Donald is a contributing editor of City Journal and the John M. Olin Fellow at the Manhattan Institute.
Myron Magnet is City Journal’s editor-at-large and was its editor from 1994 through 2006. He is the author of The Dream and the Nightmare: The Sixties’ Legacy to the Underclass and a recipient of the National Humanities Medal.
Steven Malanga is the senior editor of City Journal, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and the author of The New New Left.
Patrick J. McCloskey is a journalist and the author of The Street Stops Here, about inner-city Catholic education.
E. J. McMahon is the Manhattan Institute’s senior fellow for tax and budgetary studies and director of the Institute’s Albany-based Empire Center for New York State Policy.
Judith Miller is a contributing editor of City Journal and an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute.
James Panero is the managing editor of The New Criterion. He collects his writing at supremefiction.com.
Peter D. Salins is a Manhattan Institute senior fellow and a professor of political science at SUNY’s Stony Brook University. He is the coauthor, with Gerard Mildner, of Scarcity by Design.
E. S. Savas is a professor at Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs. He has served as first deputy city administrator of New York City and as assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Max Schulz is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute’s Center for Energy Policy and the Environment.
Fred Siegel is a City Journal contributing editor, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and a professor at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.
Guy Sorman, a City Journal contributing editor, is the author of numerous books, including the brand-new Economics Does Not Lie.
Sol Stern is a contributing editor of City Journal, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and the author of Breaking Free: Public School Lessons and the Imperative of School Choice.
Tom Von Essen was the commissioner of the New York City Fire Department from 1996 through 2001.
Marcus A. Winters, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, conducts research and writes extensively about education policy, including such topics as school choice, high school graduation rates, accountability, and special education.
Luigi Zingales is the Robert C. McCormack Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Sean Delonas has been the cartoonist for the New York Post since 1990.
William Meyers has written about photography in the Wall Street Journal and elsewhere. He is currently working on a new photography project, Alternate Manhattan.
Robert Pizzo is an illustrator and designer whose work has appeared in numerous national publications.
Arnold Roth is a cartoonist whose work has appeared in Punch, The New Yorker, the New York Times, and many other publications.
City Journal would like to extend special thanks to the Carol Feinberg and Kenneth Gilman Fund for its generous support of this special issue.