The Urban Inquirer
A blog produced by students at Queens College, CUNY

In this  article about Copenhagen being the first Climate Change resistant city brings a lot of topics to mind.  When a problem is admitted by a majority of the officials running a certain area great strides towards the future can be made.  In this current epoch, the Anthropocene, where is it generally accepted that man’s […]

In this present day, there is a rhetoric of Mexican immigrants shown through mainstream media, whether legal or illegal, being portrayed as “rapists” and “criminals” creating a sense a fear and loathing for these minority groups among our society. This is shown to be incorrect in all facets, as the NY Times highlights research done […]

Reagan carried on Nixon’s legacy of his coined term of “war on drugs”, by adding policies to be apart of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970. In addition to this, Reagan implemented the Office of National Drug Control Policy in 1988 to regulate and ‘coordinate’ drug related policy within the government. Reagan really sought […]

Seeing the movie 13th and reading the articles related to the systematic oppression of certain races.  Fears and stereotypes lead to unjust treatment of certain people.  We have seen it ever since slavery, these policies were switched to the criminal justice system.  Now even in recent days we see the numbers keep rising, with broken […]

Andrew Carnegie believed that those who wanted to help the poor should be donating money into creating public purposes. He believed that it is the “true antidote for the temporary distribution of wealth, the reconciliation of the rich and the poor — a reign of harmony…” The “public purposes” that he spoke of meant public […]

As we already know, housing affordability has been a rising problem in NYC. Rent in this city is always increasing. Many people are becoming homeless due to this problem because they can no longer afford to pay their rent or find another home within their budget. Although there are rent stabilization laws in NYC, where […]

New York City is one of the best cities in the world, but it is also one of the most expensive cities in the world! I have lived in NYC my entire life and all I hear people complain about is how much rent is and how it is way too expensive for what they […]

Was Bob Dylan’s hit song, ” The Times They Are A-Changin’” (1964), way ahead of its time? A 1963 article in The New York Times declared that, “segregation is as much a fact of life [in the North] as it is in the South.” According to The Times, “almost invariably the color of [“the Negro’s”] […]

Residential segregation has been implemented in society since the early 20th century. With the policy of Redlining which zoned neighborhoods of color from white neighborhoods, as well as the introduction of the Federal Housing Authority and the laws of Jim Crow, society has been segregated for many decades and is still prevalent in New York […]

During this semester I attained lots of knowledge for the different theories of economic inequality existing and the many monumental historical moments which changed the U.S. economy. This has helped me see things in America in a different light. I believe my understanding of the political institutions and policies during the 20th century has evolved, […]

According to a recent article by the Tampa Bay Times, minimum wage in Florida will see an increase of their minimum wage from $8.10 per hour to $8.25 per hour. The Times calls this increase a “small step” towards the direction of the $15 per hour minimum wage. Due to this increase in the minimum […]

Working a full time schedule in the present day in age does not cut it in terms of living and making ends meet. Much of the country has seen an increase in living costs that has surpassed the amount people make while working a full time job. Cities such as New York see it the […]

The government of the United States plays a major role in all Americans lives including the governmental run programs such as: welfare, medicare and the managing and spending of U.S. taxpayer dollars.  The question at stake is does free market globalization and privatization benefit the U.S. economy and should it be regulated by the government? […]

Douglas S. Massey makes an argument that the rapidly declining lower class and the extensive wealth being held by the upper class is because of the Federal government after the 70’s started to write policy in the interests of the corporations and upper class rather than the interest of all it’s citizens.  Social programs where […]

Picture Source Have you ever been asked to move out of your home? Well, even if you haven’t, many people have. Gentrifications is the process of renovating and improving a house or district so that it conforms to middle-class taste or to make it more refined. As New York, as well as the rest of […]