Thanks for paying attention to Flint. What took you so long? Reflections on the Flint Water Crisis. Politico

International Students Find the American Dream...in Flint: Culture shock is not unusual among international students, but some places are more shocking than others. New York Times


The Incredible Shrinking American City: What Dan Kildee wants America to learn from the sorry fate of Flint, Michigan. Slate


There Are No Throwaway Cities: An interview with U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee about ways to “fix” his hometown, how suburbs prospered at the expense of cities, a possible run for governor and more. Next City

Card-Carrying Fetishist: Some bibliophiles hail Nicholson Baker as defender of a library under siege. His critics call him an antediluvian nutbag. SF Weekly

Learning to Accept Addition By Subtraction: How to understand the virtues of negative growth. American City & County Magazine

Attention Would-be Urban Homesteaders: Think Before You Buy. Belt Magazine

4 BR, 3.5 BA, Grm Ftr: Why I want to buy a house in Flint, Michigan. Slate

Can Anyone Run This Place? The depressing yet inspiring race for mayor of one of America's most troubled cities. Slate

All Shook Down: Morrissey calls in sick at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, then gets busted at the DNA lounge. SF Weekly

Distill the Life Inside Me: Kris Humphrey thought pennyroyal tea was a “natural” way to end her pregnancy. Her death shocked the doctors who tried to save her and sparked a lawsuit pitting family against friends. Metro

Fish Story: Self-described maverick Tony Perkins and the art of Silicon Valley spin. SF Weekly

Depression: What it means for higher education. Kenyon Bulletin

Patty Hearst’s Little Red Book: The SLA was not her first exposure to the rhetoric of revolution. East Bay Express

Blueprint for Obscurity: William Wurster was arguably California’s most significant architect. So why hasn’t anyone ever heard of him? Metro

Masked Marvel: Bullpen Coach Carlos Alfonso could be the hardest-working, and least prominent, San Francisco Giant. SF Weekly

God Inc.: Inner peace isn't the only thing Supreme Master Ching Hai is selling Bay Area disciples. SF Weekly

Dead Heat: Despite the deaths of Aaron Williams and Mark Garcia, the SFPD continues to use pepper spray on suspects who stand a good chance of dying in custody. SF Weekly

Prescription for Parking: City officials blame doctors for the misuse of disabled parking placards. SF Weekly

System Crashing: Buying Wired magazine may align you with the digerati, but buying its stock might sink you into poverty. SF Weekly

Bombs Away: The Pigeon Lady of Noe Valley has neighbors diving for cover. SF Weekly

One Weird Church: A tale of faith, hope, and serendipity. SF Weekly

Deadbeat Heaven: Parents who refuse to pay child support don't have much to worry about in California. Or, for that matter, San Francisco. SF Weekly

Faded Glory: In economically hard-hit Flint, Michigan, the Carriage Town neighborhood is on the upswing. New York Times



Detropia: The past, present and future of Detroit. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette