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Medellín: Latin America’s New Superstar

How Medellín went from crime-ridden cocaine capital to one of the world's most innovative cities:

The Medellín Cartel, headed by Pablo Escobar, perhaps the only drug lord to become a worldwide household name, transported billions of dollars worth of cocaine, which had surpassed coffee as Colombia’s leading export by 1982. Arriving on U.S. shores, the exploits of cocaine cowboys made Miami the murder capital of the world in the early ’80s, an ignominious title Medellín itself stole in 1991, when it topped out at 381 murders per 100,000 residents, 40 times what the United Nations considers “epidemic.” That rate, if translated to New York

SOURCE:Next City
PUBLISHED: March 31, 2014
LENGTH: 9 minutes (2363 words)

The Black Car Company That People Love to Hate: Our Member Pick

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SOURCE:Next City
PUBLISHED: Nov. 21, 2013
LENGTH: 26 minutes (6561 words)

The Black Car Company That People Love to Hate: Our Member Pick, Now Unlocked

Next City's Forefront Magazine has unlocked their story about the rise of Uber, our member pick from November.
SOURCE:Next City
PUBLISHED: Nov. 1, 2013
LENGTH: 26 minutes (6561 words)

Longreads Member Pick: The Offline Wage Wars of Silicon Valley

For this week's Longreads Member Pick, we're excited to share a story from Next City's Forefront magazine, by journalist Nona Willis Aronowitz. Aronowitz looks at the story behind the minimum wage increase in San Jose, which jumped to $10 per hour from $8 per hour after the city's residents voted for the increase last November—"the single largest minimum-wage jump in the nation’s history."
SOURCE:Next City
PUBLISHED: Aug. 28, 2013
LENGTH: 20 minutes (5131 words)

Fixed Opinions, or The Hinge of History

Seven days after September 11, 2001, I left New York to do two weeks of book promotion, under other circumstances a predictable kind of trip. You fly into one city or another, you do half an hour on local NPR, you do a few minutes on drive-time radio, you do an “event,” a talk or a reading or an onstage discussion. You sign books, you take questions from the audience. You go back to the hotel, order a club sandwich from room service, and leave a 5 AM call with the desk, so that in the morning you can go back to the airport and fly to the next city. During the week between September 11 and the Wednesday morning when I went to Kennedy to get on the plane, none of these commonplace aspects of publishing a book seemed promising or even appropriate things to be doing. But—like most of us who were in New York that week—I was in a kind of protective coma, sleepwalking through a schedule made when planning had still seemed possible. #Sept11
PUBLISHED: Jan. 16, 2003
LENGTH: 24 minutes (6235 words)