Autumn 1997
Sol Stern
I sent my sons to New York City’s top public elementary school—and learned why the very best the school system can do just isn’t good enough, especially for minority kids.
James Q. Wilson
Only speedy punishment can get malefactors to change their ways, but the justice system moves glacially. Here are six constitutional ways to hurry it up.
Heather Mac Donald
When a program implementing all their favorite nostrums failed utterly, homeless advocates responded with denial, denial, denial—which shows why everyone should tune them out.
Stephen G. Craig & D. Andrew Austin
Here are the hard data on how Gotham’s killer taxes and paltry public services have driven employment out of town.
Walter Olson
A system created to ensure talented and efficient government employees now entrenches the lazy and incompetent. But reform is on the way.
Tucker Carlson
Congressional Republicans have taken control of Washington’s failed city government. They have the chance to turn the nation’s capital from a basket case into a beacon.
Daniel Seligman
New York’s hated unincorporated business tax is going, going . . . but not quite gone.

Urbanities

Soundings

Wendy Shalit
Kay S. Hymowitz
Matthew Robinson
Eugene Kontorovich
Spencer Abraham & Dan Coats
Heather Mac Donald
Wendy Shalit
James Taranto

Departments

Oh, to be in England
Tompkins Square Diarist
Jonathan Foreman