The HUD Haggle

On the Lower East Side, a landlord threatens to give up government subsidies and the restrictions that go with them. Is it a real threat or a ploy to get more money? Maybe both.

Making Up Kids' Minds

The charter school revolution has arrived, with promises of innovation and choice. But community groups say the business has room for only one idea of what kids need from their schools.

Time and Memorials

Sometimes even a grave marker doesn’t last. In Newark, the bereaved honor their dead with spray paint, bottles, T-shirts and a determination to keep these fragile Rest In Peace memorials alive.

Owning Up to It

In Massachusetts, a tenant group has persuaded everyone from Ted Kennedy to town councils to help them buy their apartments from the feds. And that’s just the foundation of the Anti-Displacement Project’s grassroots empire.

Power Outrage

The deregulation of New York’s power industry is making electric bills as freewheeling as the Nasdaq. Instead of taking a promised dive, prices are heading higher than the mercury.

Hanging Out to Dry

A city union saved 200 hospital launderers’ jobs with an innovative deal. The catch? They’ll be spending the next year competing load-for-load with a private company–and only the cheapest gets to stay alive.