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#166: One Block in Oakland

Happy Thursday, loyal readers, and welcome, new subscribers! This week’s lead article, a collection o
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#166: One Block in Oakland
By Mark Isero • Issue #166 • View online
Happy Thursday, loyal readers, and welcome, new subscribers! This week’s lead article, a collection of seven short vignettes about one city block in Oakland, offers nuance to the challenging issues of gentrification and affordable housing. I recommend that you take a look even if you don’t live in the Bay Area.
And if you want to be scared — given that Halloween is nigh — check out “America’s Next Civil War.” It’ll freak you out.
+ Big News: The Highlighter is ready to hit the road! If you like reading, meeting new people, and having conversations across difference, join The Highlighter Pop-Up Article Club. Eight loyal subscribers will gather in Oakland next month (Nov. 10, 2-4 pm) to read a mystery article and push each other through dialogue. Want to be in the room? Hit reply, let me know, and I’ll get you signed up!

One Block in Oakland
America’s Next Civil War
Tony C, who belongs to loyal reader Clare, was very brave at his most recent doctor’s visit. (His teeth need some scrubbing.) Tony C’s owner is Subscriber #9 and was guest on The Highlighter Podcast #11. Nominate your pet! hltr.co/pets
Tony C, who belongs to loyal reader Clare, was very brave at his most recent doctor’s visit. (His teeth need some scrubbing.) Tony C’s owner is Subscriber #9 and was guest on The Highlighter Podcast #11. Nominate your pet! hltr.co/pets
Checkpoint Nation
What So Proudly We Hail
+ Reader Annotations: Thank you to loyal reader Nicki for answering the question, “What’s your favorite way to read The Highlighter?” She writes:
“I typically read The Highlighter on my couch or at Rock Wall Winery, oftentimes with a glass of sparkling rosé.”
Not a bad choice! Readers, keep me posted about your Highlighter-reading habits.
Also, last week’s lead article on the opportunity myth was popular. Loyal reader Sarah emphasized the importance of open honors programs, enrichment, and recess. She also decried tracking:
Tracking of students makes it difficult for those in the lower track to catch up to those in the higher track. At my almost all-white school, I remember talking to a friend who qualified for but declined participating in Honors English during freshman year. He didn’t realize that his choice in ninth grade would make him unable to take AP English classes senior year.
Thank you, Sarah and Nicki, for sharing your thoughts. The Highlighter is a strong reading community!
Alas, it is too bad that this week’s issue has to end. Tell me what you thought by hitting reply or using the thumbs below. Also, let’s welcome this week’s 5 new subscribers: Sarah, Amber, Elisa, Rhys, and Jason! If you value The Highlighter, please:
I really appreciate your support. On the other hand, if you don’t find yourself opening up the newsletter regularly, please unsubscribe. I’ll see you back here next Thursday at 9:10 am. Have a great week!
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