America by Air: Smog Never Smelled So Sweet

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.
Lauren Mueller

A reader sends this shot of Los Angeles and an affectionate nod to the city’s pollution problem:

I snapped this picture upon my return from a year-long master’s program in Oxford, England. After enduring all that noxious clean air and lush English countryside, I have to say I’ve never been more excited to see such a sprawling and smoggy grid before: home sweet smelly home.

The current forecast isn’t so bad: