Staff writer at The Atlantic focusing on ways people and cities are adopting to the new economy. Former LAT reporter. Message me at alana@theatlantic.com.

What to do with a dying neighborhood

money.cnn.com — There are very few stories where a half-finished development has been saved from ruin. The rescue of one such development, by the city in which it is located, is being heralded as a potential solution to some of the worst mistakes of the housing crisis.

Should Urban Universities Help Their Neighbors?

theatlantic.com — CHICAGO-When he moved back to Chicago after being away for 15 years, Maurice Samuels, 40, never thought he'd live in Woodlawn. He grew up in the area on the South Side of Chicago, and remembered its deterioration well. When he left in his twenties, Woodlawn "used to be run down," he said.

What to Do With a Dying Neighborhood

theatlantic.com — COVINGTON, Ga.-There are hundreds of stories of failed subdivisions left empty by the housing bust, where homeowners are stuck staring into vacant lots of PVC pipes and weeds. There are very few stories where a half-finished development has been saved from ruin.

The Not-So-Good News About the Latest Jobs Report

nationaljournal.com — Yes, there are a lot of good things in Friday's jobs report: Employment in professional occupations is growing at a fast clip, construction is finally showing signs of life, and health care continues to add employees. All in all in 2014, employers added an average of 246,000 jobs a month, making 2014 the strongest year for employment since 1999.

What's Wrong With Georgia?

nationaljournal.com — GRIFFIN, Ga.-Throughout the economic downturn and subsequent recovery, there have been some usual suspects when it comes to the most pitiful state in monthly unemployment figures. For a while, Michigan took the prize for highest unemployment rate in the country, until Nevada knocked it off its perch in May of 2010.

A Different Approach to Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

nationaljournal.com — ATLANTA-This neighborhood south of downtown is bleak, with empty parking lots fenced in by barbed wire, and skeletons of buildings covered in graffiti. Many of the people walking the long blocks of Mechanicsville grew up poor, and their children are likely to be poor, too.

The Not-So-Good News About Friday's Jobs Report

theatlantic.com — Yes, there are a lot of good things in today's jobs report: employment in professional occupations is growing at a fast clip, construction is finally showing signs of life, health care continues to add employees. All in all in 2014, employers added an average of 246,000 jobs a month, making 2014 the strongest year for employment since 1999.

Suburbs and the New American Poverty

theatlantic.com — NORCROSS, Ga.-Every weekday around 3:15 p.m., a big, yellow school bus stops on Pelican Drive outside Norcross Extended Stay, near the intersection with Best Friend Drive. Dozens of children file out, carrying their heavy backpacks away from the Wendy's and the AutoZone, towards the cluster of aging three-story yellow buildings where they live.

A Boy's Life - The Atlantic

theatlantic.com — Since he could speak, Brandon, now 8, has insisted that he was meant to be a girl. This summer, his parents decided to let him grow up as one. His case, and a rising number of others like it, illuminates a heated scientific debate about the nature of gender-and raises troubling questions about whether the limits of child indulgence have stretched too far.

What's Wrong With Georgia?

theatlantic.com — GRIFFIN, Ga.-Throughout the economic downturn and subsequent recovery, there have been some usual suspects when it comes to the most pitiful state in monthly unemployment figures. For awhile, Michigan took the prize for highest unemployment rate in the country, until Nevada knocked it off its perch in May of 2010.
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Jan 23, 2015

Good rundown of #deflategate arguments, defenses, memes and silliness on The Atlantic's website. theatlantic.com/entertainment/…

Jan 22, 2015

Cool piece by an Atlantic writer who drove from one of the least healthy towns in a state to one of the healthiest. theatlantic.com/features/archi…

Jan 20, 2015

Kind of amazing how few people are watching the State of the Union on their seat TVs on my flight. Talk about a captive audience!

Jan 20, 2015

Lots of companies, including U Chicago and Harley-Davidson, are giving employees $$ to buy homes near work. theatlantic.com/business/archi…

Jan 19, 2015

Another way to revitalize a neighborhood - have your employer give you $10,000 to help you buy a house. theatlantic.com/business/archi…

Jan 19, 2015

The neighborhood around U Chicago had long struggled. Should the university be doing more? Others are. theatlantic.com/business/archi…

Jan 15, 2015

Super awesome photos of Detroit in the 1940s from @kokogiak on the Atlantic's website. theatlantic.com/photo/2015/01/…

Jan 14, 2015

A Georgia town decided to try and save a dying subdivision. Whether it worked or not depends on who you ask. theatlantic.com/business/archi…

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