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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?

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.

Why Des Moines Can Be a Model for Urban Schools

A majority of students are minorities. Poverty rates are going up. Refugees speak 100 different languages and dialects. And despite all this, the school district is seeing gains.

How Latinos Are Saving Iowa

Iowa's Latino population has doubled in the last decade and continues to grow. But despite establishing businesses and putting down roots, some still fear deportation.

The Mayor of Des Moines Wants You to Know His City Is More Interesting Than You Think

Frank Cownie has opposed the governor of Iowa on immigration, welcomes refugees, and deals with employment gaps.

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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?

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.

Why Des Moines Can Be a Model for Urban Schools

A majority of students are minorities. Poverty rates are going up. Refugees speak 100 different languages and dialects. And despite all this, the school district is seeing gains.

How Latinos Are Saving Iowa

Iowa's Latino population has doubled in the last decade and continues to grow. But despite establishing businesses and putting down roots, some still fear deportation.

The Mayor of Des Moines Wants You to Know His City Is More Interesting Than You Think

Frank Cownie has opposed the governor of Iowa on immigration, welcomes refugees, and deals with employment gaps.

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.