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The Next America

Population 2043

'This Town Is an Amnesty Town Now'

Two brothers give up their fight to keep undocumented Brazilian immigrants from settling in their Boston suburb.  

The Golden Glove Fighters From Another Massachusetts Mill Town

Two young Latino boxers have made their way to this week's National Golden Gloves championship. Can they bring home a victory for one of America's poorest cities?

The Battle to Fund California's Public University System

State funding hasn't budged since 1999, and UC president Janet Napolitano says state leaders still want to cut costs further.

Historic Atlanta Is Dead. Can These Young Creatives Revive It?

They're bringing performance art and lofty urban planning to a forgotten part of the city—and it might revitalize the old downtown.

Atlanta's Own High Line May Finally Erase Some Racial Divisions

The 22-mile BeltLine paved over railroad tracks that separated dozens of Atlanta neighborhoods and that shaped racial and economic inequality for over a century.

Why Is It So Hard to Talk About Race?

How one woman is reshaping the conversation between black and white people in a town still haunted by racism.

The Most Diverse County in the Southeast Is Run Almost Entirely by White Politicians

It's part of a problematic trend: Americans communities grow more diverse, but their leadership stays the same.

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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.