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Juan Carlos Limas | San Diego, Calif.

You see empty, abandoned, rundown houses and in contrast you see other thriving streets. I did a small collage because this is a Mexican neighborhood located very close to the border (about two miles). We live in the outskirts of Tijuana Mexico, we spend time between Mexico and the US since our cities are so entangled for Mexicans doing shopping and sightseeing and Americans doing business and visiting in Mexico. In one of the pictures you can see the Downtown San Diego skyline. We can see the lights and reflections of the Coronado bay bridge, most of Otay Mesa and Chula Vista communities and this stark contrast has its meaning because thousands of Mexicans and thousands of Americans call this place home, indistinctly. For two countries so disparaging this geographic region erases many contrasts. Although we make five times less on average than a minimum wage in the United States we keep working, we don't dream of going to the US and work and live there, we border citizens know much better than our countrymen living in central Mexico. We go and do our shopping, groceries, recreation and dining in San Diego and return to our much more affordable, albeit small, homes.


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Mar 5, 2012

Mike Langer | Boise, Idaho

This is my wife and I overlooking Boise, Idaho. Our lives for the past four years have been shaped by the beauties and difficulties of this wonderful city.My wife and I live in Boise, Idaho. The economy has been rough as long as we've lived here. We moved from Bismarck, ND, which has had one of the best economies during the Great Recession. We moved here in August 2008 for my Masters degree in Piano Performance at Boise State University.

I left a church music job in Bismarck which paid $28,000 to get my Masters. Kicking myself now. Last month I decided to try the Doctor of Musical Arts route again so I auditioned at the University of Utah. I'm still waiting to hear back. If accepted, we plan to move to Salt Lake City and strike out a new living. If not, we're going to try to make something work out in Bismarck, where all of our family lives. Boise doesn't seem to be improving, and we're dangerously close to the edge.


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Mar 5, 2012

Daniel Bevan | Brooklyn, N.Y.

I chose this photo because there is nothing more New York than a slice of pizza and it's a good one. There is always a line (except for this rainy night) and it's a very representative cross-section of the neighborhood. Who doesn't like pizza?

To me it has been a warm and satisfying meal especially when a couple of dollars was all I could afford. I enjoy the shoulder to shoulder camaraderie while waiting for a slice. The gentlemen who serve the deliciousness speak Spanish not Italian and they are grace in motion wielding those big wooden pizza peels and wheels. They do it with a smile on there face too.


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Mar 5, 2012

George Judson | Pasadena, Calif.

I'm the managing editor of Marketplace. We live on the edge of a historic, even grand neighborhood in Pasadena. Our house is modest. The front porch looks out on apartments on the next street. Police helicopters are frequently overhead -- it's L.A. We watch the alley behind us for graffiti, dumped mattresses, other signs of stress. But it's a friendly, tight neighborhood.


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Mar 5, 2012

Bob Samuels | Webb City, Mo.

I live in a mostly rural subdivision outside of the Joplin, Mo. area. The community is still rebuilding from the May tornadoes. There is a large area of FEMA housing and much construction in the affected areas. My particular neighborhood seems to be doing well economically but we live in a generally depressed economic area.


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Mar 5, 2012

Bev Kraker | Ann Arbor, Mich.

You can see what an ethnically diverse group of neighbors we are. This makes for a great potluck! We like to engage with each other so we have a sense of "family" and we lookout for each other. When the big "black out" happened a few years ago one of the neighbors hosted the rest of us in his backyard for an impromptu ice cream social. We have goodbye parties and welcome to the neighborhood parties.


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Mar 5, 2012

Tim Bomba | Culver City, Calif.

Two industries that span decades of growth for Culver City, Calif., as seen from one hilltop. Oil rigs, and movies/TV. Sometimes overlapping. In the left photo, the building in the oil fields has been used for TV and film scenes. A few miles away, the white buildings center in the distance, on the right photo, with the water tower, are Sony Pictures Entertainment Studios, in addition to a number of independent film sound stages and production companies.


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Mar 5, 2012

Jefferson Davis | Irving, Texas

It is a picture of my house with snow. We rarely get snow and this was a year where we actually had a white Christmas. I live in a nice neighborhood in a suburb of Dallas, TX. I've lived in this city since 1985. The city has changed as many people have moved further out and they have been replaced by many new arrivals. The city is much more diverse than when I originally moved here. My area is an area of many nice homes, with a lot of older people who were original purchasers in the late 60's early 70's. The yards are well kept and it is generally quiet.

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Mar 1, 2012

Jim Canavan | North Adams, Mass.

North Adams is located in the northwest corner of Massachusetts, in the Berkshire Hills. Home to 13,000 people, and next door to Williamstown, the city has yet to recover from the loss of manufacturing 25 years ago. The low level of educational achievement holds the workforce back. Recently, the creative economy has breathed some life into the area.

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Mar 1, 2012

Jennifer Schwanke | Keizer, Ore.

I chose this photo in representation that even though we live in a tiny apartment and save our pennies there is hope for life beyond it. I feel books hold a key to the future. I have done my best to pass a love of reading onto my children in hopes that it will lead them to pursue higher education so they can have a better life. The neighborhood where we live is a working class neighborhood and my hope is someday they can move beyond living paycheck to paycheck. Balancing lack of funds with pursuit of an education is tough. I feel this photo is a good representation of the diversity of life and interests offset with scant means.

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