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Paradox and the City: Why the Working Class Has Political Power

The first paradox of New York City politics is that the city with the country’s greatest gap between rich and poor is also the city with the largest and perhaps most politically potent labor movement. The working class and poor have real access to political power.

New York’s extreme levels of inequality are not news, and have less to do with concentrated poverty—which New York shares with other big American cities—than with concentrated wealth, where it is truly in a league of its own. But the exodus of middle and working–class families from much of the city, especially Manhattan, is also a factor, as housing prices have risen and industrial and blue–collar jobs have disappeared.




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Council Passes New Resolution

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