Perhaps, more than anything else, it was the allure of the "American Dream."
The Red Cross is now trying to raise millions for the urban poor there.
Also, New York City cancels the livestream of a rebellious Rubber Room teacher, and Rhode Island pours grass killer on America's Lawn of Freedom.
Listen to the audio a 17-year-old secretly recorded of police disparaging his mixed-race appearance and threatening to break his arm.
National coverage of ruin and revival gloss over deeper truths about these cities.
Lots of police clashes, and even a bit of nakedness.
Mayor Thomas Menino says busing is unpopular and outdated. So why are 10,000 Boston kids on a waiting list to be bused to higher-quality schools?
Hispanic voters could influence the presidential race in key battleground states.
New research from Philadelphia finds that the city's newborn mortality rate spiked after a spate of hospital closures.
The city's cultural treasures, including its Grand Mosque and centuries-old souk, are in danger of being permanently lost to the war.
Sometimes embracing free speech means sharing the subway with an ad that churns your stomach.
Also, Britain bans curves from school architecture and two chaps get exiled from an all-you-can-eat Mongolian restaurant.
Landless Indians are taking their concerns to the capital en masse.
37 people were killed after two boats collided.
Canada agreed to front the money after Tea Party activists voted against paying to replace the aging Ambassador Bridge.
Plans to build a city of 500,000 from scratch may not survive after he leaves office.
Celebrations in time for the former leader's 143rd birthday.
Also, the Mongrel Mobsters can't pretty up their tombstones in a New Zealand town and New York City clamps down on blood-sucking circumcisions.
For one thing, they're more interested in night clubs and restaurants.