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FYI: A little more than a year and a half after Village Voice housing and neighborhood news columnist Julie Lobbia died from cancer, the City Council has approved a memorial to her near Herald Square. Supporters of Lobbia, an avid biker, gathered this morning to dedicate the northwest corner of West 33rd and 6th Avenue “J.A. Lobbia Bike Line.” Lobbia's column, “Tenements & Towers,” was known for exposing slumlords and reporting challenges facing tenants around the city. Much of that work has been archived at a memorial web site set up by her family and friends. [8/22/03]

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