Stunted Growth

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

In order to fund a recent border security bill, President Obama raised fees on some H1B visas meant for highly-skilled workers. Critics claim this will stunt economic growth; others see the measure as closing a large loophole. Also today: Slate’s Farhad Manjoo discusses whether blacks and whites use Twitter differently; and John Mollenkopf looks at who is registering to vote in the NYC area and how electorate has changed over the last decade; and Charles Bagli on the future of Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village.

Housing Summit

Barbara Kiviat, writer for Time Magazine, discusses the Obama housing summit and the current attempts to fix the housing market.

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Stuy-Town Foreclosure?

Charles Bagli, New York Times reporter, talks about the lastest developments for Stuy-Town and Peter Cooper Village, and what it means for affordable housing in NYC, post-meltdown.

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Farhad Manjoo, Slate's technology columnist, discusses how black people use Twitter differently than other groups. Read his article, How Black People Use Twitter.

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Talking Politics: Voter Registration

The deadline to register to vote in this fall’s local elections is Friday. John Mollenkopf, director of the Center for Urban Research at CUNY, discusses recent voter registration patterns and what they tell us about the changing political climate in NYC and beyond.

Have you already registered? Are you a first-time voter in New York? Switching your affiliation? We want your voter-registration stories!

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Your Highly Skilled Workforce

Vivek Wadhwa, senior research associate with the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School, discusses Indian "body shops" and a rule in the new border security bill that increases fees for H1B visas for highly skilled foreign workers.

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Open Phones: Bed Bugs and Rats are Everywhere

We want your stories about your public run-ins with bed bugs, rats or other pests. You don’t have to out specific businesses – but call us up or comment below. Tell us in what neighborhoods and in what kinds of establishments you’ve had close encounters. 

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Map Your Moves: Data Visualization Challenge Submissions

As part of our 10 Questions that Count census project, we asked you to Map Your Moves by filling out a survey where you've lived over the last ten years and why you moved. Then we asked all of you graphic designers, mappers, statisticians or any other kind of data visualization gurus, to play with the data and make the information beautiful. (More information about the Map Your Moves challenge here)

Here are the the submissions we've received. Feel free to add your thoughts below. Any favorites? Learn anything new? Share your feedback!

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