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Last Wednesday Urban Policy Professor Darrick Hamilton, William “Sandy” Darity, Chair of Duke’s African & African American Studies department, as well as Alan Aja and Daniel Bustillo both Milano Alums co-wrote a Huffington Post Blog titled, Social Security for the Life-Cycle.
A second article that Hamilton co-wrote with Darity, Aja, and another Milano alum, Daniel Bustillo, was cited in this New York Times op-ed piece, Federal Law Requires Job Creation by Darity.
Peter Eisinger Professor Emeritus of the Urban Policy program had his article, Is Detroit Dead featured in the Journal of Urban Affairs.
ABSTRACT: An effective way to understand the slow death of the city of Detroit is through the prism of the course of a terminal disease, tracing the stages of symptom assessment, diagnosis, and curative intervention. This essay explores that notion by taking off from several recent books about Detroit’s catastrophic decline that employ the language of urban morbidity and mortality to describe the city’s condition. Urban death is a function of the withering or failure of crucial vital urban functions involving, principally, governance and economic opportunity. By that standard the essay concludes that it is becoming hard to call Detroit a living city anymore.by
Urban Policy Professor Jeff Smith wrote an article for Fast Company What John F. Kennedy’s Legacy Teaches Us About The Value Of Candor that answers the question: Was John F. Kennedy the last honest politician? In the article Smith contrasts Kennedy’s transparency and honesty with the Bay of Pigs debacle with the way modern politicians like Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and President Barack Obama handle crises. According to Smith:
“When leaders make mistakes, be they in the public or private sector, anything less than complete candor can empower rivals, the press, or, worst of all, law enforcement, to seize on a false statement, turning a speed bump into a full-blown scandal. As President Nixon taught us, the cover-up is almost always worse than the crime.”
Urban Policy Professor Darrick Hamilton co-authored a report entitled A Count of Unaccompanied Homeless Youths in New York City for the New York City Coalition on the Continuum of Care (CoCC). He presented the findings in an event with the Supportive Housing Network of New York. Read the report below or you can find it on CoCC’s website. 2013 NYC Homeless Youth Report
Urban Policy professor Alec Gershberg is serving as an adviser to the Government of El Salvador for the development of an education sector decentralization strategy. He is working with a team that is also providing strategies for the Health, Water, and Sanitation Sectors as part of the Strengthening Local Governments Project for the Secretary of Strategic Issues of the Presidency. He recently delivered a workshop in San Salvador on education decentralization and accountability to senior level staff of the Ministry of Education and the Sub-Secretary of Decentralization and Territorial Development.