- A Baltic primer (Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia -- and especially their lively capitals -- are flourishing in the post-Soviet era) - in San Francisco Chronicle
- Touring the Baltic - in Newsweek
- Riga: The Curtain Rises - in Washington Post
All the articles are fairly good. The article from Washington Post is the most detailed one. It touches history of Latvia, nightlife, achitecture, arts and culture. And it concludes by saying:
Edging away from the crowd, I took a moment to behold the attractive cityscape and began to imagine neon lights covering the baroque facades, and nightclubs overtaking the quiet cafes and restaurants. Perhaps I'm wrong; maybe Riga will hold on to its special Old World splendor. Authorities have already taken steps to rein in the revelry a bit.
But just in case, my recommendation: Go now.