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Manhattan Insights is an intellectual engine for advancing economic opportunity, individual liberty, and the rule of law in America and its great cities. Featuring the nation’s sharpest scholars, journalists, activists, and civic leaders, this show offers a deeper understanding of the policy issues and cultural challenges shaping our future.

Hosted by Reihan Salam and the scholars of the Manhattan Institute.

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Manhattan Insights is an intellectual engine for advancing economic opportunity, individual liberty, and the rule of law in America and its great cities. Featuring the nation’s sharpest scholars, journalists, activists, and civic leaders, this show offers a deeper understanding of the policy issues and cultural challenges shaping our future.

Hosted by Reihan Salam and the scholars of the Manhattan Institute.

    Shifts in the Housing Market & the YIMBY Movement | Salim Furth

    Shifts in the Housing Market & the YIMBY Movement | Salim Furth

    The pandemic transformed urban housing markets, prompting increased demand for residential space and spurring a shift toward remote work. Many remote employees have left large cities for smaller ones, but housing demand remains strong in major urban centers. As cities' populations fluctuate, the pro-development YIMBY (Yes In My Backyard) movement has gained momentum with supporters advocating for more residential construction to bring down housing costs in major cities.
    Judge Glock and Salim Furth discuss the pandemic's impact on housing and cities, touching on urban density's appeal in the time of remote work, heightened interest in suburban living, the value of city amenities, and the YIMBY movement's efforts to address housing affordability. They explore the need to expand the national housing supply, the advantages of building up versus building out, and who might benefit from upzoning. They also examine the motivations of NIMBYs (Not In My Backyard) who oppose infrastructure development, and the importance of fiscal incentives in promoting residential construction.
    Salim Furth is a Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Urbanity project at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. His research focuses on housing production and land use regulation. He frequently advises local governments and testifies before state and federal legislatures. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Rochester.
    Follow Salim on X (formerly Twitter): @SalimFurth
    *Related reading*
    https://twitter.com/judgeglock/status/1767575049517625449 
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-03-07/at-austin-s-yimbytown-fans-of-zoning-reform-seek-common-ground 
    https://manhattan.institute/article/the-perfect-storm-hitting-homebuyers
    https://www.mercatus.org/scholars/salim-furth

    • 59 min
    How Technological Transformation Can Make a Conservative Vision Possible | Jon Askonas

    How Technological Transformation Can Make a Conservative Vision Possible | Jon Askonas

    Rapid advances in artificial intelligence, genome editing, and materials science are poised to dramatically change the way we live, work, and learn—but is that a good thing, or is it a prospect we should dread? As it stands, conservatives are divided on that question, with some embracing technological breakthroughs and others fearing the threat they pose to human dignity. 
     
    Jon Askonas has been urging conservatives to embrace the technological transformations of our time — and to use them to advance a distinctly conservative vision for human flourishing. This includes farming, the growth of families, work-from-home jobs, and even subscription-based media that addresses everyday Americans’ concerns.
     
    Jon Askonas is a politics professor at the Catholic University of America where he works on the connections between the republican tradition, technology, and national security, and a senior fellow at the Foundation for American Innovation. He is also a contributor to American Affairs, The New Atlantis, and Compact magazine.
    Follow Jon on X (formerly Twitter): @JonAskonas
    Related reading
    https://www.compactmag.com/article/why-conservatism-failed/
    https://americanaffairsjournal.org/2023/11/technological-stagnation-is-a-choice/
    https://politics.catholic.edu/faculty-and-research/faculty-profiles/askonas-jonathan/index.html 

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Inside the New York City Drug Crisis | Bridget Brennan, NYC Special Narcotics Prosecutor

    Inside the New York City Drug Crisis | Bridget Brennan, NYC Special Narcotics Prosecutor

    New York has long been at the forefront of the drug crisis. In 2022, over 3,000 city residents died of a drug overdose, the highest number on record. The proliferation of inexpensive yet lethal drugs, such as fentanyl and methamphetamine, poses an escalating challenge to New York City. However, there is hope to tackle these issues through collaboration and partnerships within the city’s criminal justice system and district attorneys.
    Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York Bridget Brennan has been confronting the drug epidemic since she took the position in 1998. She has addressed drug offenses across all five boroughs and has seen the changing nature of drug challenges in the city, from crack cocaine to prescription pills to fentanyl. In this episode, Bridget discusses the impact of potent synthetic opioids, and the strategies of drug prosecution, including targeting high-level distributors and addressing drug markets in specific areas.
    Bridget G. Brennan was appointed as New York City’s Special Narcotics in 1998 and is the first woman to hold the position. She oversees a staff of approximately 200 legal and support personnel. The agency has its own budget for operating expenses and receives funding from the city, state, and federal government.
    **Related reading & links**
    https://www.snpnyc.org/about-us/
    https://www.city-journal.org/article/...

    • 55 min
    Bad Therapy: Why the Kids Aren't Growing Up | A Conversation with Abigail Shrier

    Bad Therapy: Why the Kids Aren't Growing Up | A Conversation with Abigail Shrier

    In their efforts to ensure their children's happiness, a growing number of millennial and Gen X parents are turning to therapists, school psychologists, and other mental health professionals for help. Yet there is mounting evidence that this therapeutic turn has backfired. Rather than inculcate the virtues of self-discipline and independence, these efforts have yielded a generation of children filled with anxiety, isolation, and a profound sense of helplessness—and in her new book Bad Therapy: Why the Kids Aren’t Growing Up, Abigail Shrier explains why.
    After speaking with hundreds of parents and adolescents, drawing on psychiatric studies and literature, in addition to her own lived experience with friends and family, Abigail offers a powerful critique of the booming mental health industry, and offers an alternate vision for fostering healthy, hard-working, and resilient children. In this special episode of Manhattan Insights, The Free Press Senior Editor Emily Yoffe (moderator) sits down with Abigail to discuss her findings.
    Abigail Shrier is the author of the new book, Bad Therapy: Why the Kids Aren’t Growing Up. She received the Barbara Olson Award for Excellence and Independence in Journalism in 2021. Her best-selling book, Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters (2020), was named a “Best Book” by The Economist and the Times (of London). It has been translated into ten languages. She holds an A.B. from Columbia College, where she received the Euretta J. Kellett Fellowship; a B.Phil. from the University of Oxford; and a J.D. from Yale Law School. She has written for the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal for a number of years.
    (Recorded on Wednesday, February 28th, 2024)
    **Related readings & links**
    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/716567/bad-therapy-by-abigail-shrier/ 

    • 59 min
    The Future of School Choice: Where the Movement Is Headed | Corey DeAngelis

    The Future of School Choice: Where the Movement Is Headed | Corey DeAngelis

    The school choice movement gained significant momentum in the wake of the pandemic shutdowns, which exposed the weaknesses of traditional public schools and the challenges of remote learning. As parents became increasingly aware of the quality and content of their children's education, many began to explore alternative schooling options. By offering a diverse range of choices, including charter schools, private schools, and homeschooling, the movement has inspired parents to find the best educational options for their children. Despite this, advocates of school choice continue to face opposition from teachers unions and skeptics across the political spectrum.
    One such advocate is Corey DeAngelis, who has been a proponent of school choice since his time attending a magnet school in San Antonio, Texas. In this conversation, he discusses school choice advocates' recent victories in elections, the involvement of teachers unions in social activism, the role of faith-based institutions in education, the school choice playbook, the legality of religious charter schools, the gold standard school choice playbook, and activism and influencing change.
    Corey A. DeAngelis is a senior fellow at the American Federation for Children and a visiting fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He has been labeled the “school choice evangelist” and called “the most effective school choice advocate since Milton Friedman.” He is a regular on Fox News and frequently appears in The Wall Street Journal. DeAngelis is also the executive director at Educational Freedom Institute, a senior fellow at Reason Foundation, an adjunct scholar at Cato Institute, and a board member at Liberty Justice Center. He holds a Ph.D. in education policy from the University of Arkansas.
    Follow Corey on X (formerly Twitter): https://x.com/DeAngelisCorey
    Related reading & links
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/school-choice-is-the-solution-to-teacher-strikes-newton-mass-fe82dc98
    https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/dr-corey-a-deangelis-ph-d/the-parent-revolution/9781546006862/ 

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Homelessness at the Supreme Court: A Chance for Legal Sanity

    Homelessness at the Supreme Court: A Chance for Legal Sanity

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear the case of Grants Pass v. Johnson has brought homelessness back into the national legal spotlight. The case revolves around the question of whether the homeless have a constitutional right to camp on public property, and its outcome could overturn prior lower court rulings that have contributed to the West Coast's homelessness crisis.
    Six years ago, the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco first ruled in Martin v. Boise that imposing criminal penalties for sleeping and camping in public violated the constitution. Since that decision, the amount of recorded homeless and deaths among homeless people has increased dramatically in affected states. Moreover, lawsuits brought by residents frustrated with homeless encampments in their neighborhoods have forced some cities to keep streets clear of camps, further complicating adherence to the Ninth Circuit's judgments.
    The Supreme Court's ruling, expected later this year, will shape how cities address the challenge of homelessness in America.
    Manhattan Institute senior fellow Stephen Eide discusses the potential impact on homelessness policies with Liz Mitchell, a partner at Umhoffer, Mitchell and King and lead attorney for the LA Alliance for Human Rights in a historic lawsuit forcing the City and County of Los Angeles to address homelessness. She was formerly an attorney with the LA City Attorney’s Office in the Police Litigation Unit and was a prosecutor where she handled criminal cases focusing on violent and sexual crimes.
    Related reading & links
    A Chance for Legal Sanity on Homelessness | by Judge Glock for City Journal
    https://www.city-journal.org/article/a-chance-for-legal-sanity-on-homelessness 
    Pursue an Orderly Streets Agenda | by Stephen Eide for City Journal
    https://www.city-journal.org/article/pursue-an-orderly-streets-agenda 
    Profile page: Elizabeth Mitchell, Umhofer, Mitchell & King LLP
    https://www.umklaw.com/elizabeth-mitchell 

    • 1 hr 1 min

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