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For Ernesto Yerena, Los Angeles is the City of Hard Work and Hope

Artist Ernesto Yerena’s visual love letter to the City of Hustle and Hope.

When the sun comes up over the uniquely industrial-cum-residential neighborhood of Boyle Heights, just east of downtown Los Angeles, artist Ernesto Yerena gets up and greets the day. He's welcomed by a symphony of auditory sounds: there's the tamale lady loudly announcing her presence, the chattering of the neighborhood women watering their plants, and the ringihong of bicycle bells. “There’ an element that feels like you’re in ‘Little Mexico,’” he says. “I see a lot of hand-painted signage for restaurants or grocery markets; a lot of them are in Spanish. It reminds me of the border, where I’m from, with the Mexican American community.”

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The Windy City Brought to Life by Matthew Hoffman

Artist and designer Matthew Hoffman’s visual love letter to the Windy City.

The portrait of Chicago’s Fulton Market District is one of true urban grit. The oldest food-marketing district in the Windy City, it brims with industrial and warehouse buildings, some of which still function as wholesale produce and meatpacking outlets. Cheaper rent attracts a diverse community—from eager artists to tech giants like Google—to this rapidly developing area, where the family-owned and -operated Blommer Chocolate Company pumps a cocoa-tinged perfume into the air that wafts down over the faded-brick buildings and laces the trees. This eclectic slice of metropolis is Chicago-based artist and designer Matthew Hoffman’s favorite neighborhood. It was the first one he explored when he moved to Chicago back in 2002, and every time he revisits it, the city feels brand new again.

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Digital Makeover: Send an Analog Email (AKA a Letter) #30DaysofGOOD

Sit down with a pen and paper and handwrite a message to a friend or family member.

30 Days of GOOD (#30DaysofGOOD) is our monthly attempt to live better. This month we're focused on improving the way we use technology.

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