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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.

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.

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.

Activist dives in dumpsters across the U.S. to highlight food waste

latimes.com — 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.

Cities Are Eliminating the Healthcare Benefits Once Promised to Retirees

theatlantic.com — When Kenneth Blair joined the Detroit police force decades ago at age 19, he thought he was signing up for a steady job-and pension and health-care benefits for life. The fate of his pension is still up in the air as Detroit's bankruptcy makes its way through the courts.

For abortion foes, a national strategy built at the state level

latimes.com — The numbers have changed little over the decades: A majority of Americans support abortion. But across the country, the antiabortion movement has recorded major success in the last four years, part of a well-funded national strategy to legislate abortion out of existence state by state.

The Safer, More Affordable Abortion Only Available in Two States

theatlantic.com — Were he graduating medical school today, Dr. Joel Fleischman might not have been needed in rural Alaska. Fleischman, the main character for TV's Northern Exposure, was stuck in a small Alaskan villagein order to pay off some debts and provide the town with medical care.

A potato-chip-shaped hole in ex-Detroiters' hearts

latimes.com — Like many former autoworkers, when Jim Mattson retired, he left the state where he'd spent his life and headed west. But there was something he missed about Michigan from his RV park in Arizona. Not the Detroit winters, certainly, nor the abysmal Detroit Lions. Not even the view of Lake St.

Syracuse, N.Y., and other U.S. cities are rethinking urban freeways

latimes.com — Half a century ago, engineers constructed a massive elevated highway through the center of this industrial city to quickly funnel traffic from downtown to the growing suburbs to the north. Now, Van Robinson wants to make it disappear.

New York march seeks to be largest climate change event ever

abc15.com — Meaye Ndoye, a 34-year-old student from Brooklyn, volunteers frequently in his community, but he's never participated in the type of public march that seems to occur on a weekly basis here, calling for an end to America's military presence in Iraq or protesting the NYPD or celebrating unions.
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Oct 21, 2014

Time and again, data shows that cities are likely to thrive if they have lots of college grads age 25 to 34. nyti.ms/1CInOuB

Oct 20, 2014

RT @RACYCLES: Some very disappointing news regarding what was to be the first Brooklyn Triathlon. This is the note from the... fb.me/41vnv8S5Y

Oct 20, 2014

Was psyched for my first triathalon, scheduled for Sunday in Brooklyn. But it was suddenly cancelled bc of dispute w @NYCMayorsOffice. WTF!

Oct 20, 2014

Baltimore has 16,000 vacant homes. Why can't the city's thousands of homeless people move into them? My story. theatlantic.com/share-404/

Oct 20, 2014

In Grosse Pointe, residents show ID to get into the parks; tensions arose when "renters" started coming too. fw.to/2RTRLjF

Oct 20, 2014

My story from the border of Grosse Pointe and Detroit, an epic contrast of haves and have-nots. fw.to/2RTRLjF

Oct 19, 2014

Best campaign story ever? Charlie Crist's Fan: A Love Story - theatlantic.com/politics/archi…

Oct 19, 2014

Um, gross. @chicoharlan: Beijing's smog index said it was best to stay indoors. But there was a marathon to run. bit.ly/109AH3a

Oct 17, 2014

This story has phrase "tsunami of butter fat" in it to explain falling butter prices. So you should probably read it. bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-1…

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