The Shortlist Daily

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31st of January 2011

He was alert but disheveled, like a bag lady walking in off the street, wearing a dingy, light-colored sport coat and cargo pants, dirty white shirt, beat-up sneakers and filthy white socks that collapsed around his ankles. He smelled as if he hadn’t bathed in days.

New York Times

28th of January 2011

Debt crisis threatens collapse of 100 US cities  “Overdrawn American cities could face financial collapse in 2011. Nor are European cities safe – Florence, Barcelona, Madrid, Venice: all are in trouble.”e