An examination of the transformation of Los Angeles from 1973, when Tom Bradley became the first black mayor of a big city that lacked a black majority, to the election of the current mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, in 2005. Included: how the city has dealt with many issues now facing the nation, including immigration, globalization, deindustrialization and a shrinking middle class.
Part 2. Rebuilding a neighborhood in San Diego with the help of a philanthropist and a real-estate developer. Included: what is gained and lost through improvements; the challenges of rebuilding an area with a diverse population.