i just found this (albeit, dusty) super rad book on the shelf next to my bed. i totally forgot that i had it. it's a really interesting look, via journalism, storytelling and some orginal research, of a cross-section of a broad range of topics that affect urban communities like suburban sprawl, hip hop culture, wiggers, youth activism, and graffiti.
very cool grassrootsy type stuff. check it now at soft skull press (my version was published by subway & elevated press).