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Fresno in California once held the promise of the Californian dream, inspiring the likes of Steinbeck and Saroyan, but has now become the butt of a thousand late-night TV jokes; it consistently comes in next to last in surveys of cities with high standards of living. This central California teenage wasteland is home to low riders, empty buildings, dope drops and one of the highest violent-crime rates in the country. Fresno is also the birthplace of Tony Stamolis, who spent six years photographing his strange hometown. The result: a disturbing, often humorous, and consistently poignant insider’s view of a post-suburban American badlands. 

 


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