Below are links to a small representative selection of Miriam's published writing. To search a more complete list, see the virtual archive (note that Metroland pages are not well indexed by Google, so this is a bit hit or miss). For more columns, visit the Looking Up page.

News/Analysis -- Opinion/Essay -- Policy Reports -- Arts -- Service/Consumer -- Book Reviews


Can Lease-Purchase Save Us?
As developers struggle to find buyers for rehabbed affordable homes, many are looking to a lease-purchase model to expand the pool of potential owners. But lease-purchase is far more complicated than just an end-run around the credit crunch.
Shelterforce, Winter 2010

Disappearing Act
Facing financial difficulties as new technology takes customers away, the United States Postal Service reviewed 3,300 branches to find those that could be deemed disposable. In low-income communities, just how disposable are the final 162?
Shelterforce, Spring 2010

Babies Sleep Safest Where?
A well-intentioned public-health campaign in New York state may harm as many infants as it helps—if not more. (And similar campaigns are underway all over the country.)
Metroland, Oct. 9, 2008

Your baby isn't lactose intolerant. Trust me., March 10, 2008

The Truth About Lead
Official advice about lead poisoning is either too scary or not scary enough., Sept. 17, 2007

Small Is Beautiful—Again
The shrinking cities movement imagines revitalization without growth—and housing advocates take a hard look at what that means for the poor.
Shelterforce, Summer 2007

Breaking the Trust (pdf)
How Albany County quietly tried to throw some of its disabled citizens into poverty, without telling the state
Metroland, Jan. 5, 2006

Don’t Touch This (pdf)
The antiwar movement tries to get a grip on Israel and Palestine, or least keep from choking on it
Metroland, Sept. 22, 2005

Falls Guys (pdf)
A battle over restoring an abused, but historic waterfall pits an engineer against an environmentalist; and at first glance, they are taking unlikely sides
Metroland, June 9, 2005
Follow up: Who Owns the Rights to the River?
A shell game keeps regulators from considering all the options for Cohoes Falls
Metroland, April 3, 2008

Who Will Speak for Bare Ass Beach? (pdf)
Without going public, regulars at a 60-year-old nude beach and gay meeting area in Troy mourn its impending demise
Metroland, May 20, 2004

Tech Valley: Boom, Bust, or Buzz?
A detailed look at the realities of New York's new "high tech" region.
Metroland, Oct. 23, 2003


Pay Cash
Time to rethink racking up those points/miles with your favorite local business
Metroland, Looking Up, February 18, 2010

Government by Wall Street?
Obama needs to quit pandering to Wall Street, and quickly
Metroland, Looking Up, June 11, 2009

Weeds and Taxes
About the deals we strike and then retroactively moralize about
Metroland, Looking Up, April 16, 2009

Toddlers in Love
I swore I wouldn't play matchmaker with my kids..., Feb. 12, 2009

The Unapologetic City
If I were in grad school, this would be my thesis
Metroland, Looking Up, May 3, 2007

Another Kind of Urban Mortality
In praise of ruins. . .
Metroland, Looking Up, March 8, 2007

The Price of Fear (pdf)
I'm a short woman without a black belt in anything. And I walk alone at night.
Metroland, Looking Up, May 19, 2005

Can You Be a Little More Precise?
Don't talk to me about "bad" neighborhoods.
Metroland, Looking Up, July 29, 2004

Policy Reports

To Be Strong Again: Renewing the Promise in Smaller Industrial Cities
PolicyLink, 2008

Communities at Risk: How the Foreclosure Crisis Is Damaging Urban Areas and What Is Being Done About It
Living Cities, 2010


The Pen Is Mightier Than the Penis
Troy artist Jess Fink makes erotic comics to please an oft-overlooked population of porn consumers: women
Metroland, Feb. 8, 2007

DIY Books (pdf)
Putting out your own book is still considered far more tacky than putting out your own CD—but self-published authors are betting that’s going to change
Metroland, Nov. 17, 2005

When Listening Isn't Enough
An ethos of making music as well as enjoying it pervades the New York Capital Region's nationally known folk-music scene
Metroland, Aug. 26, 2004


Don't Replace Those Old Wood Windows!
Though many people think of window replacements as the eco thing to do, the facts don't add up.
Real Green, Winter 2009

Double-Use Produce
From the Eating Economically at the Co-op column
Coop Scoop, February 2009

Car-Free Erranding
Real Green, Spring 2008

Tomorrow Is Another Day
The dress rehearsal is a disaster, your carefully planned details are coming undone, and you’re about to break down—don’t worry, your wedding will still be beautiful
Metroland, Bridal Guide 2008

What's Left to Give?
How to shop for the really, really old folks on your list
Metroland, Holiday Gift Guide 2007

The Neti Diaries (pdf)
In pursuit of breathing freely, by any means necessary
Metroland, Jan. 27, 2005

It's Your Call (pdf)
Among all the decisions for the big day is one that will last long after the thank-you notes are sent: What will you do about last names?
Metroland, Bridal Guide 2005

Greening Your Rental
Green-living tips often assume that you own your home, but with a little imagination, you can find plenty of ways to apply them to your rented house or apartment
Real Money, April/May 2002

Book Reviews/Interviews

A Community Whodunit
Review of The Long Stair by Kirby White
, Summer 2006

Protecting Kids' Inner Wildness
A short interview with author Chris Mercogliano, Nov. 9, 2007

Healing From War
A review of The Golden Tortoise and War and the Soul, both by Ed Tick
Metroland, Dec. 8, 2005

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