The key question might not be whether the city should live without Rikers, or how it would do so, but whether it has the political will to finish the transformation that has already started.
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It's great to know who the lousy property owners are. But people who fail to provide heat, neglect lead paint or look the other way for rats and roaches are unlikely to be swayed by public shame alone.
The last time the voters of the Bronx's 17th district spoke, in the 2013 general election, they re-elected Maria del Carmen Arroyo by a margin of 13 to one over two challengers.
The proposal has supporters on the Upper West Side, as disparities in enrollment and admissions policies are under scrutiny citywide.