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The Cronut Index: Tracking Urban Livability

The many photos of blocks-long lines for cronuts are an unsettling reminder of the class divide in New York.

The Cronut Index: Tracking Urban Livability

Like Pinkberry, Magnolia Bakery, and the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck before it, the cronut is a passing trend that will peak and inevitably, just as quickly, go stale (sorry). But the many photos on Instagram and Twitter of blocks-long lines for cronuts are an unsettling reminder of the class divide in New York. If you’re too busy to wait, you can pay someone on
Craigslist
$35 for the $5 pastry.

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Meanwhile, one in five New Yorkers experience food insecurity on a regular basis, according to the Food Bank for NYC, and almost 3 million of them live in neighborhoods without access to adequate affordable fresh and healthy food.

With the national food stamp program currently facing billions in cuts, hunger and scarcity have very different meanings in different zip codes of New York City.

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About the author

She’s the author of Generation Debt (Riverhead, 2006) and DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education, (Chelsea Green, 2010). Her next book, The Test, about standardized testing, will be published by Public Affairs in 2015.

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