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Froma Harrop: The cure for expensive cities is moving vans

Posted yesterday in National Columns

A funny thing didn't happen on the way to the digital revolution. It failed to empty out the cities.

 

Froma Harrop: A Life in Numbers

Posted 5/17/2016 in National Columns

Numbers are how one keeps score. Those who engage in any competitive endeavor -- business, sports, even weight loss -- seek numbers to tell them how well they're doing and how much better than how many other people.

 

Froma Harrop: Can we face away from Facebook?

Posted 5/12/2016 in National Columns

Facebook remains uncontested as the social media champ of Wall Street.

 

Froma Harrop: Our sick drug business

Posted 5/4/2016 in National Columns

Sometimes the road to hell is paved with bad intentions.

 

Froma Harrop: The liberal Silent Majority

Posted 4/27/2016 in National Columns

A few days before Bernie Sanders lost badly in the New York primary, 27,000 souls filled Washington Square Park, many wildly cheering him on.

 

Froma Harrop: Must America always pick up the tab?

Posted 3/31/2016 in National Columns

It seems strange that so few of my fellow TV binge-watchers have submitted to the fascinating Norwegian political thriller, "Occupied." Friends, this is eight hours of your life you won't mind not getting back.

 

Froma Harrop: Over here: Competence amid repulsive politics

Posted 3/29/2016 in National Columns

Belgians planning to "march against fear" Sunday were told to stay home out of fear for more violence. Americans in Europe, meanwhile, are being advised to "exercise vigilance." What about Americans in America?

 

Froma Harrop: Our elegant man in Havana

Posted 3/24/2016 in National Columns

Barack Obama walked the cobblestone streets of Old Havana to cheers of "Welcome to Cuba!" After decades of official hostility between the United States and Cuba, Obama has successfully nudged the two toward normal relations.

 

Froma Harrop: How the West was shunned in primary politics

Posted 3/17/2016 in National Columns

There's a not-insignificant part of the United States known as the West Coast.

 

Froma Harrop: Republican 'takers' take down the establishment

Posted 3/4/2016 in National Columns

Just as Donald Trump did a Super Tuesday stomp on the Republican establishment, the establishment showed why it deserved the rough treatment.

 

Froma Harrop: Apple, public safety and selling stuff

Posted 2/23/2016 in National Columns

Federal investigators hold the iPhone of Syed Rizwan Farook, the terrorist who helped slaughter 14 innocents in San Bernardino, California.

 

Froma Harrop: Railing against the establishment

Posted 2/22/2016 in National Columns

In politics, the "dog whistle" is coded language designed to delight a targeted subgroup and pass over the heads of everyone else. Other terms, such as "establishment," "Washington insider" and "free trade," are not quite full-grown dog whistles. Let's call them puppy whistles.

 

Froma Harrop: Sanders as nominee ensures GOP victory

Posted 2/17/2016 in National Columns

The death of Antonin Scalia has set off yet another epic partisan struggle as Senate Republicans seek to deny President Obama his constitutional right to nominate the next Supreme Court justice.

 

Froma Harrop: 4 New Yorkers for president?

Posted 2/4/2016 in National Columns

Many Americans used to regard New York City as a bankrupt foreign vessel docked on their Atlantic coastline.

 

Froma Harrop: Ambassador is a dangerous job

Posted 1/14/2016 in National Columns

When Thomas E. McNamara arrived in Colombia as U.S. ambassador in 1988, he encountered a hit list issued by narco-terrorist Pablo Escobar. "I was No. 1," he recalls. "Ambassadors tend to get that kind of attention."

 

Froma Harrop: What happens when private money pays for science?

Posted 1/13/2016 in National Columns

As a select few accumulate massive fortunes, two schools of thought vie on how to funnel some of that money toward the public good.

 

Froma Harrop: Making shopping fun again

Posted 12/30/2015 in National Columns

As the shopping season winds down, we might well consider consumers' changing shopping habits -- the move from bricks-and-mortar stores to online merchants. The convenience of online buying and an aversion to crowds are the usual explanations, and they no doubt play a part.

 

Froma Harrop: An apology to Bernie Sanders

Posted 12/30/2015 in National Columns

Hardly a week goes by without some demand for an apology populating my inbox.

 

Froma Harrop: On terrorism, Cruz has no idea

Posted 12/17/2015 in National Columns

Terrorism is not going away. We saw that in the closing of the Los Angeles schools after what was deemed a "credible" threat.

 

Froma Harrop: Stop tying terrorist attacks to unrelated issues

Posted 12/8/2015 in National Columns

Traumatic national events often lead promoters of various causes to attempt a product tie-in. The terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, was no exception.

 

 

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