Kristen Hackett

  • Below is a guide to studying for your final exam.
    NOTE: The exam will be 30-40 multiple choice questions and one essay. The multiple choice questions will focus on material discussed during the 2nd half of the […]

  • Re labor unions – labor unions were important in securing particular rights for workers because when working together collectively, they have more power to challenge their employers. When unions do not exist (and there are less today than in the early part of the 20th C), workers have less power to fight for better wages and working conditions,…[Read more]

  • Affordable housing has become a main issue in NYC and across the United States. In 2014, Mayor De Blasio put forth an affordable housing plan for NYC. This plan has been met with a mixture of support and critique. […]

    • A big problem that I feel hasn’t been mentioned yet is, as seen in:
      “a new report released by the Real Affordability for All coalition (RAFA) argues that the mayor’s initiative isn’t serving the city’s extremely low-income New Yorkers, and thereby failing those who need help the most.” Only 14% of the 77,650 affordable houses created in the past four years have went to families making under $25,000. So, though it may seem like de Blasio’s plan is working terrific–well on its way to its 200,000 goal– in reality, the most disadvantaged and in need of housing are still at a lost. I personally think this plan is a good stepping-stone but it is certainly not an absolute triumph until those on the bottommost rung are assisted, as well.

      • Furthermore, this article mentions how statistics have shown that New York’s homeless population has reached high levels that are only matched if one is to go all the way back to the Great Depression. Adding to the woes of the poor and disenfranchised is how New York’s lowest wage-earners paychecks have gone up the least since 2010, and apartments on the bottom fifth-tier have gone up the most in price. The situation does not seem promising for those in the most danger. That needs to be acknowledged and dealt with.

    • In 2014 de blasio came up with plan that targets housing in nyc and focuses on creating more afforable housing.this to help over 200,000 affordable mitchell lama apartments and preserve 15,000 existing affordable homes. Mitchell-Lama coops and apartments started in the 1950s and 1960s and gave people the chance to live and pay rent under market value. Over the years there has been less and less available mitchell lama apartments and the mayor wants to build new affordable housing throughout the city in places of low income like the bronx and long island city to increase affordable living. I feel this policy introduced by Mayor De Blasio is overall going to benefit NYC because I have seen personally, rents increase over the years and living in a low income neighborhood i have seen peoples rents raised and the people had to move out. I support this plan to help bring afordable housing to NYC.

    • In 2014, Mayor De Blasio put forward the 10 year plan to build over 200,000 affordable homes all over the 5 Boroughs. His plan is towards the poor and middle class that has problems with paying rent. I believe there are a lot of pros and cons to this plan. Some pros include reducing people in homeless shelters and reducing. Some cons are that this plan requires almost $41 billion dollars. It will be the most expensive plan.–five-borough-10-year-housing-plan-protect-and#/0
      I believe that Mayor De Blaso’s plan is necessary for New York as it will help people from losing their homes. The question that I have is where is he going to get all the money? Is he going to take it from tax payers or the rich?

    • NY Mayor Bill De Blasio’s affordable housing plan will build 200,000 affordable housing units over 10 years that will help regulate housing costs to accomodate low income families. Housing costs continue to increases in NY City since more people seek to live there that can afford to pay more. Low income families that cannot afford to pay for the rising rent are evicted from thier homes and end up on the streets, homeless, from the lack of other affordable housing options. Mayor De Blasio’s plan will help NY manage the rising plight of the homeless. One of the main critisms of the plan is the costs of building these units. Many are afraid the costs will cut down spending to other city plans or create a tax burden on all new yorkers. I believe De Blasio’s plan is necessary for the city. Before we flaunt to the world all NY city has to offer, I think its important to make sure all of the city’s citizens are accounted for.

  • I hope this isn’t misleading – we are talking about the development of American cities in the US – and while this history is critically important in the larger scope of world history, do not get confused about what we’re talking about in class.

  • I wonder if we can really separate the good and bad of globalization? You can’t just take the good things about something and ignore the bad – so can we really separate them, and is this dichotomy a useful way of talking about globalization? Could globalization take place without the bad aspects?

  • We’re actually going to be talking about the legacies ongoing racism in housing markets that maintain residential segregation right after the midterm. Its not as cut and dry as you suggest – though unless you’ve gone through the history (as we’ll do in class) you wouldn’t know that so much.

  • This is a very interesting and thoughtful post – and really speaks to the complexities of the welfare debate. We’ll talk more about this next week!

  • Great post! Raising the minimum wage is controversial – and companies will fight back through automating jobs they now hire workers for. What makes it more complex is that there is not much research that can point the way — yet. Though I’m looking forward to looking at the study you shared because it contradicts some past research I’ve read.…[Read more]

  • Actually this week we’ll be looking at how low minimum wage really is and where/if minimum wage workers can really afford adequate housing. Great post Josh!

  • I personally struggle with the argument about bringing jobs back to the United States because they were stolen by other countries – those workers are enjoying their lives more because they have those jobs, per se. Corporations keep wages incredibly low, even for the cost of living in the places where they have their factories and offices. And…[Read more]

  • This is really well-done post and you raise a lot of really good and controversial points. We will be discussing these soon.. and its interesting to see what other groups, aside from people, that receive welfare in our country – for me that took some of the controversy away and clarified my own feelings about welfare.

  • Hi Judy and Imran – the idea of worker cooperatives – which is what giving workers more power are IRL – is actually ‘a thing’ ! Here’s a general article on them, if you’re curious –

    And based on what I’ve read, research suggests workers become more…[Read more]

  • Thank you for sharing this poem, and for sharing the links to find more! I appreciate your analysis of the poem. What’s also interesting is that the geographic connotations of the ‘wealthy island’ in the ‘deprived sea’ actually seem to mirror how inequality has been geographically situated in the city long-standing, and moving into how inequality…[Read more]

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    Give a 1-2 sentence description of your project (ex. We examined gentrification in 4 neighborhoods across […]

  • In Spring 2017, as an adjunct lecturer at Queens College CUNY, I hosted a course website on Qwriting, the college’s WordPress installation. I think digital technology has much to offer the classroom; this is a c […]

  • Below is a list of key terms and key ideas for each topic we have covered in the 2nd part of the semester. I have listed these terms here to aid you in studying for the exam. The final exam is 25-30 multiple […]

  • Hi Class,

    In preparation for our upcoming Peer Workshopping Session (in-class on Monday May 15), I have put together some guidelines. These  guidelines will help you know what you need to bring to that class […]

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