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Cities news and analysis from The Nation

  • October 26, 2000

  • August 10, 2000

    The Two Worlds of Los Angeles

    Running from bank- and hotel-lined Wilshire Boulevard, up the glittering gulch of Rodeo Drive, past the slinky curves of Sunset and snaking up leafy Coldwater and Benedict canyons to the legend

    Marc Cooper

  • August 10, 2000

    LA’s Progressive Mosaic: Beginning to Find Its Voice

    When members of the LA janitors’ union decided to go on strike this past April, their success was far from guaranteed.

    Peter Dreier and Kelly Candaele

  • July 13, 2000

    A City That Worked

    The New York of 1945 was the victorious city of the New Deal and World War II, one that can barely be glimpsed today beneath postmodern towers and billboards for dot-com enterprises.

    Robert W. Snyder

  • June 22, 2000

    Gato and Alex–No Safe Place

    This is the story of Gato and Alex, two Salvadorans who as children became refugees from America’s war in their homeland only to become rivals in America’s gang war on the streets of Los Angeles.

    Tom Hayden


  • June 1, 2000

    Little House in the ‘Hood

    I was wandering around Harlem recently, late on a warm Sunday afternoon: I saw Dominican families chatting on stoops. I saw African-American families walking home from church.

    Patricia J. Williams

  • May 18, 2000

    LA: Call the Feds

    When Chief Bernard Parks of the Los Angeles Police Department heard the news in mid-May, he reportedly went into rigid shock.

    Marc Cooper

  • May 18, 2000

    The School That Wasn’t

    Fernando Contreras points to the area behind a green mesh fence where his family home used to be. He is about to be a grandfather for the first time.

    Susan Anderson

  • March 22, 2000

    LAPD: Law and Disorder

    Can you top this? seems to be the theme of the escalating police scandal in Los Angeles.

    Tom Hayden

  • June 17, 1999

    A Hard Schooling

    I come here and discover that you are merely another fraud in the city university system. Of the 150 receiving degrees today, you hold only 191 jobs. That is less than two jobs per student.

    Jimmy Breslin