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True grit

Citywalk | Three women conquer obstacles to reach America
by Tiffany Owens
Posted 8/21/13, 02:58 pm

For many illegal immigrants, coming to America is about survival. For Georgina, it was the price to pay to reunite her family. Her husband, who struggled to find work in Mexico, crossed back and forth into America every year to work on construction sites in Atlanta. After nine years, Georgina and her two daughters made the trip themselves. She curled up on the back seat floor of a car, covered by a blanket, one daughter with her. The other, Daisy, traveled in a separate car.

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Summerhill school

Cities | Past economic mistakes are lessons for the future—but only if we heed them
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 8/09/13, 01:00 am

August 25 is the 100th anniversary of the murder conviction of Leo Frank, a 31-year-old Jewish-American factory superintendent who lived in the Summerhill neighborhood of Atlanta, just south of downtown. Frank had purportedly strangled to death an employee, Mary Phagan. In 1915 Georgia’s governor commuted the sentence, arguing a miscarriage of justice had occurred. In response a mob lynched Frank, then cut down his corpse, stomped on his face, and cut off pieces of his nightshirt and rope to sell as souvenirs. 

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Photo by Tiffany Owens

A greater identity

Citywalk | Illegal immigrant John Hilario finds his citizenship in heaven while he waits for acceptance in the United States
by Tiffany Owens
Posted 7/31/13, 03:30 pm

NEW YORK—The streets of Jackson Heights on a summer night are a steamy haze of color, crowded sidewalks, and the aroma of ethnic food. John Hilario, 26, is at home here. After work in Manhattan, he rides the yellow line to Roosevelt Ave. He strolls past women in bright saris and men in turbans, past a booth full of Islamic prayer beads and booklets, past vendors selling tomatoes and onions, Jackfruit and bitter gourds. Empanada shops vie for business with Indian sweet shops, Italian restaurants, and Bangladeshi markets.

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