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Matt Black  "It is the real, and not the map, whose vestiges subsist here and there, in the deserts which are no longer those of the Empire, but ours."

CBS Sunday Morning profiled the Geography of Poverty. Follow link in profile to view. El Paso, Texas. 2015.

It was a pleasure talking with Weekend Edition @NPR about the Geography of Poverty. Follow link in profile to hear the interview. USA. Rome, Mississippi. 2017.

Fresno, California. Dreamer. “I don’t really have a backup plan; I’m scared. I have a good, stable job right now. Once DACA ends, I’m afraid I’ll lose everything. I’m just going to be a nobody again.”

Porterville, California. Downtown.

Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. Today marks 100 days since Hurricane Maria hit the island and is the last post from my work in Puerto Rico. Teenagers build a bonfire using broken furniture that lines the streets in their flood-damaged neighborhood. For @nymag. Thanks for following. Click link in profile to view full story.

Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. A home after Hurricane Maria. Floodwater reached six feet in 30 minutes in the neighborhood, then enveloped houses up to the rooflines. For @nymag. Follow link in profile.

Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Downtown. Since Hurricane Maria, about 2,000 people are leaving Puerto Rico each day. Over 269,000 have resettled in Florida, with thousands more booked to fly by year's end. For @nymag. Link in profile.

Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. Broken utility wires. For @nymag. Link in profile.

Utuado, Puerto Rico. A bedridden man in a home with no electricity. For @nymag. Link in profile.

Utuado, Puerto Rico. Using a flashlight to illuminate the kitchen of a home where 13 people have been living since Hurricane Maria hit three months ago. The mountain towns of Utuado, Lares, and Adjuntas will be last to have power restored, by May 2018, leaving about 80,000 people without for now. For @nymag. Follow link in profile.

Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Blackout. Three months after Hurricane Maria, much of the island is still without electricity. Estimates say full power will not be restored until May 2018. For @nymag. Link in profile.

Manati, Puerto Rico. Morgue. President Trump has ranked government response a “10 out of 10,” but three months after Hurricane Maria, much of the island is still without electricity, and lagging recovery efforts are contributing to a surge in deaths. For @nymag, follow link in profile.

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