Just joined the Atlantic to write about ways people and cities are adopting to the new economy. Former LAT writer. Message me at alana@theatlantic.com.

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.

Should Obamacare Help Pay for Housing?

theatlantic.com — Since January 1 of this year, James Barnes has had pretty decent health care. He gets insulin for his diabetes and the needles to inject it, blood pressure medication, access to a psychiatrist and counselor and optometrist, and frequent visits to the doctor, all for free.

Dumpster diving fuels cyclist’s crusade against food waste

seattletimes.com — Originally published Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 6:00 AM Alana Semuels / Los Angeles Times Alana Semuels / Los Angeles Times CLEVELAND - Rob Greenfield is standing barefoot and shirtless in a dumpster when he finds the strawberries.

The Case for Trailer Parks

theatlantic.com — You've seen it before: a house, on a truck, on a highway, slowing down traffic with its yellow "OVERSIZED LOAD" sign, its tan vinyl siding nearly screaming "Trailer Park!" The snobs among us may judge these pre-fab homes as shoddily built, cheap eyesores in a country that's increasingly eschewing the suburbs for walkable urban areas.

The Case for Trailer Parks

theatlantic.com — You've seen it before: a house, on a truck, on a highway, slowing down traffic with its yellow "OVERSIZED LOAD" sign, its tan vinyl siding nearly screaming "Trailer Park!" The snobs among us may judge these pre-fab homes as shoddily built, cheap eyesores in a country that's increasingly eschewing the suburbs for walkable urban areas.

He dives in dumpsters to find food for thought

dispatch.com — CLEVELAND - Rob Greenfield is standing barefoot and shirtless in a dumpster when he finds the strawberries. He's ravenous after bicycling more than 60 miles, so he stops rummaging through bags and boxes to open the container of strawberries and pop one into his mouth.

Can the Homeless Move Into Baltimore's Abandoned Houses?

theatlantic.com — Jeremiah, who is 28 and used to work in landscaping, didn't have anywhere to live during the frigid cold of last winter. So one night, when the shelters of Baltimore were full, he ducked into an alley near downtown Baltimore, where an abandoned house had a "For Sale" sign on it.

Can Homeless People Move Into Baltimore's Abandoned Houses?

theatlantic.com — Jeremiah, who is 28 and used to work in landscaping, didn't have anywhere to live during the frigid cold of last winter. So one night, when the shelters of Baltimore were full, he ducked into an alley near downtown Baltimore, where an abandoned house had a "For Sale" sign on it.

At Detroit's border, a barrier separates the haves from have-nots

latimes.com — The border between Grosse Pointe Park and Detroit represents a huge dividing line separating the haves and have-nots: Detroit's median household income is $26,955. Grosse Pointe Park's is $101,094. The average response time for Grosse Pointe Park police was 3.4 minutes in 2012.

The Latest: Ebola in the United States

theatlantic.com — In late September, Thomas Duncan became the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. Two hospital workers who treated him also became infected, setting off a nationwide effort to contain the disease, and fears of a larger outbreak. Keep checking this page for all the latest updates on the crisis.
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Oct 31, 2014

Remembering Tom Menino, who died on Thursday. I profiled him last year as he led Boston back from Marathon bombs. articles.latimes.com/2013/may/28/na…

Oct 30, 2014

Nurses just told Kaiser that they're going on strike soon; nurses union says it will be the biggest ever labor action by nurses in the US.

Oct 30, 2014

Stop what you're doing and read this heartbreaking @nationaljournal piece about our impending dementia care calamity nationaljournal.com/magazine/my-al…

Oct 27, 2014

RT @hchomeless: "Should Obamacare Help Pay for Housing?" Coverage of this urgent question (and HCH!) in @TheAtlantic by @AlanaSemuels theatlantic.com/business/archi…

Oct 27, 2014

Fast food workers in Denmark make $20 an hour. Could U.S. chains pay their workers an equivalent wage? nyti.ms/1tZpkbd

Oct 27, 2014

Using Medicaid to pay for housing might actually save the government money, some doctors argue. theatlantic.com/business/archi…

Oct 27, 2014

Should Obamacare help pay for housing? Many doctors see housing as a valuable health service. My story - theatlantic.com/business/archi…

Oct 24, 2014

The Case for Trailer Parks - why homes made in a factory might help solve the affordable housing shortage. My story: theatlantic.com/business/archi…

Oct 23, 2014

I wrote earlier this week about a row of vacants in Baltimore w/a mural on them. Looks like they're being torn down. news.wypr.org/post/greening-…

Oct 23, 2014

CEOs: They're (not) Just Like Us. They spend 20 days a month on the road. Some don't have homes (!) bloom.bg/1ta0B2Q @BloombergNews

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