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1. Death by Gentrification: The Killing That Shamed San Francisco

Rebecca Solnit | The Guardian | March 21, 2016 | 21 minutes (5,317 words)

Alejandro Nieto was killed by police in the San Francisco neighborhood where he spent his whole life. Solnit examines the case surrounding his death and the disintegration of the communities displaced by “disruption.” See also: San Francisco Magazine’s response to Solnit’s piece describing the struggles of the mentally ill in the city.

2. Whitewashing the Green Rush

Amanda Chicago Lewis | BuzzFeed | March 16, 2016 | 33 minutes (8,474 words)

How black people are being shut out of America’s marijuana boom.

3. Out Here, No One Can Hear You Scream

Kathryn Joyce | Huffington Post | March 16, 2016 | 27 minutes (6,982 words)

On the pervasive culture of sexual harassment in America’s national parks and forests.

4. Imaginary Spaces

Andrew O’Hagan | New Yorker | March 21, 2016 | 27 minutes (6,804 words)

A profile of Es Devlin, a highly in-demand stage designer who has worked with rock stars, playwrights, and fashion designers.

5. What It’s Like to Rent a Friend in Tokyo

Chris Colin | AFAR | Feb. 19, 2016 | 12 minutes (3,047 words)

Colin investigates an unlikely Japanese service: the booming rent-a-friend industry.