Seventy students a day are sent to the Waco Alternative School Campus, after being "ticketed" for bad behavior in municipal court. Marisa Peñaloza /NPR hide caption

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In and near its downtown, there are more boarded-up and empty storefronts and vacant lots in Granite City, Ill., than there are businesses. David Schaper /NPR hide caption

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