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Just How Hard Is It to Live in New York City?

A Columbia University survey finds that almost 40 percent of New Yorkers experienced severe material hardship in 2012.

Don't Call Mitch Landrieu the White Mayor of Black New Orleans

Landrieu has fought hard for racial unity in post-Katrina New Orleans. It's just the city's Latinos who aren't feeling much love.

New Orleans' Post-Katrina Identity Crisis

The Big Easy is back. But what does that mean now?

Homesick for Detroit

City's political and business elite woo expats with post-bankruptcy blueprints. But can they pull it off?

Do the Most Hipster Thing Possible—Move to Des Moines

Ditch Brooklyn, millennials. The real place to be is Des Moines, a city with a blossoming culture scene, thriving start-ups, and urban beauty.

The People Who Can't Take Advantage of the Des Moines Housing Boom

The downtown area is full of low-rent apartments. But the trendy neighborhood isn't where those who could most use affordable housing need to live.

Your Waitress Works for Tips, Not Pinches

A new report finds that more than one-third of tipped female workers who leave their jobs quit because of sexual harassment.

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Just How Hard Is It to Live in New York City?

A Columbia University survey finds that almost 40 percent of New Yorkers experienced severe material hardship in 2012.

Don't Call Mitch Landrieu the White Mayor of Black New Orleans

Landrieu has fought hard for racial unity in post-Katrina New Orleans. It's just the city's Latinos who aren't feeling much love.

New Orleans' Post-Katrina Identity Crisis

The Big Easy is back. But what does that mean now?

Homesick for Detroit

City's political and business elite woo expats with post-bankruptcy blueprints. But can they pull it off?

Do the Most Hipster Thing Possible—Move to Des Moines

Ditch Brooklyn, millennials. The real place to be is Des Moines, a city with a blossoming culture scene, thriving start-ups, and urban beauty.

The People Who Can't Take Advantage of the Des Moines Housing Boom

The downtown area is full of low-rent apartments. But the trendy neighborhood isn't where those who could most use affordable housing need to live.

Your Waitress Works for Tips, Not Pinches

A new report finds that more than one-third of tipped female workers who leave their jobs quit because of sexual harassment.

Show More
 
About The Next America

The Next America explores the political, economic and social impacts of profound racial and cultural change facing our nation. The initiative includes polls, national and local events with thought leaders, magazine supplements and this site. In 2010, Ronald Brownstein wrote a National Journal cover story, explained the impact of a shift to an older, more ethnically diverse America. “The Gray and the Brown: A Generational Mismatch” is the foundation of The Next America.