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Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way, at least according to Leo Tolstoy, who probably knew a few things about unhappy marriages.

I hate to crib from the great writer, but all unhappy cities are unhappy in their own way, too. And living in Mesa, Ariz., I know a few things about unhappy cities where housing prices drove off a cliff.