The Press: Urban Survival Manuals

Who are the top tennis teachers in Los Angeles? What is the gay community like in Washington, D.C.? Who is the best sportswriter in Texas? Is Chicago 's drinking water polluted?

All of these questions have something in common. They are asked—and answered—by a lively gaggle of publications known as city magazines, a diverse, eclectic and sometimes unruly group of enterprises to crowd under one rubric. But most, whatever else they do, aspire to be urban survival manuals, guiding their readers toward the best that city life has to offer while warning them away...

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