Unhealed Wounds

Once so promising, America's second largest city now lives in the grip of racial tension, red ink and cynicism

) For decades Los Angeles was America's dreamland, glistening with promise and expectation. It was the city of tomorrow, a constant experiment that seemed to produce a life-style without trade-offs. A garden in the desert. A melting pot that was seldom stirred up. An economy that moved in only one direction. Most things new and fresh in America seemed to start there: everything from car loans to health clubs to Chino-Latino cuisine. For a while there were no limits: on growth, on space, on creativity, on wealth, on tolerance of the new and the foreign. Never mind the earthquakes, the smog,...

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