Hometown U.S.A.

An occasional series showing snapshots of America

A city sends its troubles up in flames

September 13, 2009

HOMETOWN U.S.A.: SANTA FE, N.M.

A city sends its troubles up in flames

In the span of 24 hours, Westin McDowell lost his job and his girlfriend. A day later, he stood glumly in the rain. His face, which he had painted to look like a mime's, was beginning to run.

July 12, 2009

HOMETOWN U.S.A.: Coney Island, N.Y.

Coney Island's future looks like a tug of war

Ah, summer at Coney Island: Carnies beckoning passersby to try their luck shooting the freak. Wild screams coming from the Cyclone coaster. Elephants taking on humans to see who can eat the most hot dog buns.

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