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Graffiti, Manure and Environmental Justice: Making the Case for Community Court

  It is nearly freezing out, but Robert Johnson and Bill Adelman are sweeping Times Square clean one block at a time. They’re here as part of punishment handed down by the Midtown Community Court, and aside from their electric-blue court-issued vests, the two have little in common. “I shoplifted, I tried to take 11 pairs of [...] [...more]

City Planning, Environmental Justice, Metro Comments (2)

Reinstating the Pigeon’s Good Name

Carla Gould, a student at New York University, is hard at work on disproving the belief that pigeons pigeons are pests and a public nuisance. As a first task, she's writing a handbook extolling the many virtues of pigeon excrement. [...more]

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Fighting for 9/11 Environmental Justice

Eight years after 9/11, Kimberly Flynn remains at the front of an environmental justice movement facing dwindling funds and shrinking ranks. She won't rest until Congress and the President "take responsibility for this continuing public health disaster." [...more]

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Council Members Challenge New 9/11 Health Report

Several members of the New York City council Monday contested the findings of a new 9/11 health report that found no concrete evidence of a link between cancer and exposure to dust from the World Trade Center. [...more]

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Maggie Clarke’s Dirt Experiment: Striving for Zero Waste

There are three bins for paper recycling in Maggie Clarke’s apartment, a sunny two-bedroom at the northern end of Riverside Drive.  Cardboard boxes and brown packing paper overflow from one, spilling onto the coffee table in the living room.  More empty boxes collect on top of a bookshelf in the hallway, set aside for mailing [...] [...more]

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Midtown Community Court Issues Environmentally-Friendly Justice

By Katherine Olson A woman who was arrested for shoplifting and sentenced to a day of community service by the Midtown Community Court in 1998 will finally serve out her original sentence or face prison time. It was 11 years ago that Sharon A. Brown first pled guilty to the lesser charge of disorderly conduct—a violation, not [...] [...more]

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Bloomberg Administration Indicates it May Back Ban on Drilling

The Bloomberg administration indicated that it may back an all-out ban on natural gas drilling within the city’s massive upstate watershed, which supplies 9 million New York residents with drinking water. Ed Skyler, Deputy Mayor for Operations, said at a public hearing earlier this week that drilling could force the city to build expensive water treatment [...] [...more]

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