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The Unfinished Suburbs of America

theatlantic.com — STOCKTON, Calif.-Janeen Milhorn and her husband bought their four-bedroom ranch-style house on a quiet street in this California suburb in 2004. It was on one of the farthest lots in the development, which Milhorn liked because it meant she had more land, and because it looked out onto a hay field.

The Unfinished Suburbs of America

theatlantic.com — STOCKTON, Calif.-Janeen Milhorn and her husband bought their four-bedroom ranch-style house on a quiet street in this California suburb in 2004. It was on one of the farthest lots in the development, which Milhorn liked because it meant she had more land, and because it looked out onto a hay field.

Can quitting your job help end war?

money.cnn.com — Then the U.S. invaded Iraq, and Gross had what was probably a pretty typical Bay Area reaction: He didn't agree with the war. But for Gross, who is now 44, this opposition turned visceral. Even though he was going to anti-war protests and speaking about his opposition to the war publicly, he couldn't sleep.

Can Quitting Your Job Help Stop War?

theatlantic.com — More than a decade ago, David Gross was just your typical Bay Area dude. He worked as a technical writer for a software company and made around $100,000. He enjoyed nice meals out, and he spent what time he could exploring, going to Burning Man, or watching old game shows on TV.

Quitting a Life of Quiet Desperation

theatlantic.com — More than a decade ago, David Gross was just your typical Bay Area dude. He worked as a technical writer for a software company and made around $100,000. He enjoyed nice meals out, and he spent what time he could exploring, going to Burning Man, or watching old game shows on TV.

Is There Hope for Local News?

theatlantic.com — SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.-Tim Redmond is a local news guy. He stops his bicycle to interview taxi drivers protesting Uber on the streets. He attends accreditationtrials about a local community college-by choice. He knows how to pull building permits, interview city council members, and uncover shady dealings between the city and its most profitable businesses, such as Google.

The City That Gave Its Residents $3 Million

theatlantic.com — VALLEJO, Calif.-This was supposed to be a happy story. A story about a town reeling from bankruptcy, violence, and crime, that brought its residents together with an innovative strategy, one that other cities across the country are trying to emulate.

The City That Gave Its Residents $3 Million

theatlantic.com — VALLEJO, Calif.-This was supposed to be a happy story. A story about a town reeling from bankruptcy, violence, and crime, that brought its residents together with an innovative strategy, one that other cities across the country are trying to emulate.

The Little Union That Could

theatlantic.com — OAKLAND, Ca.-If the term "labor union" conjures up the image of older white guys stepping off the assembly line and into the bar, you might be confused by the scene in RoseAnn DeMoro's office. Four women, all dressed in red, sit in a semi-circle, moving in hyperdrive as they prepare for a strike they've just announced.

Mayor Menino: Symbol of a resilient Boston

articles.latimes.com — Retiring Mayor Thomas 'Mumbles' Menino left the hospital early to help his appreciative city through the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings. BOSTON - As terrorists struck his city, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino was no Rudy Giuliani, leading citizens to safety amid the chaos and offering wrenchingly articulate sound bites to the television cameras.
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Nov 19, 2014

Work today: we can't predict our schedules, and we never take all our vacation. @gillianbwhite breaks it down. theatlantic.com/business/archi…

Nov 18, 2014

Yikes. Huge change: No more set vacation or sick days at LA Times. Some old-timers used to earn 5 weeks or more. laobserved.com/archive/2014/1…

Nov 18, 2014

Try to ban smoking, and "The crowd started singing “God Bless America” as board members left under police protection" nyti.ms/1yMWGrA

Nov 17, 2014

It looks a little bit like a hurricane outside my NYC window right now. #winteriscoming

Nov 15, 2014

"The first time Jose Canseco got separated from his finger..." And yes, there was a second time. theatlantic.com/health/archive…

Nov 14, 2014

RT @SmartGrowthUSA: Friday read: What do we do with America's half-built suburban places, asks @AlanaSemuels ow.ly/EhZgP pic.twitter.com/UwuP22fOh8

Nov 14, 2014

A quick look at how to redesign America's half-finished suburbs - an idea talked about by @cnunextgen at CNU Buffalo. theatlantic.com/business/archi…

Nov 14, 2014

I drove around the inland parts of California taking photos of half-completed subdivisions. Here's the photo gallery. theatlantic.com/business/archi…

Nov 14, 2014

There are thousands of zombie subdivisions started + abandoned during the housing boom. What will happen to them now?theatlantic.com/business/archi…

Nov 12, 2014

Ever think of quitting your job and living more simply? David Gross did - and now he doesn't have to pay taxes. theatlantic.com/business/archi…

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