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How to Create a Tech Startup Scene If You're Not in Silicon Valley

Pittsburgh's success provides important and surprising clues.

Flying West From the Winter

Flying West From the Winter

The first day of a cross-country flight

On the Politics of American Resilience

On the Politics of American Resilience

One reader urges me to embrace my inner conservative. Other readers say: Not so fast!

Thanksgiving in the Dust Bowl

Thanksgiving in the Dust Bowl

A new understanding of bravery and independence

How Political Leadership Makes City Streets Bikeable

How Political Leadership Makes City Streets Bikeable

Pittsburgh's Mayor Bill Peduto shows what political will and determination can do.

What Millennials Love About Pittsburgh

What Millennials Love About Pittsburgh

'Land of Opportunity' has real meaning here.

A New Vocabulary for American Towns

A New Vocabulary for American Towns

Three 21st-century words that are driving the nation's most dynamic municipalities

How Green Riverfronts Transformed Pittsburgh

How Green Riverfronts Transformed Pittsburgh

The City of Bridges revives the rivers that helped make it an economic powerhouse.

A Field Trip to America's Public Libraries

A Field Trip to America's Public Libraries

How they serve the needs of their communities

America's Tiniest Innovators: Report from Pittsburgh

America's Tiniest Innovators: Report from Pittsburgh

Teaching technology and life lessons in an urban elementary school

The Story of Moop: How an Unlikely Company Came to Be

The Story of Moop: How an Unlikely Company Came to Be

A Pittsburgh woman managed to build a successful bag company from a failed effort to make a dress.

California Dreamin': How Collaboration Builds Small-Town Communities

California Dreamin': How Collaboration Builds Small-Town Communities

In Winters, California, a library, a swimming pool, and a school make a big difference in the quality of life.

The iPhone Case That Can Call the Police

The iPhone Case That Can Call the Police

A startup in Pittsburgh has designed a smartphone case and app to deter assault and help catch the attackers.

The Company That Turns Plastic Bottles Into Fabric—and Jobs

The Company That Turns Plastic Bottles Into Fabric—and Jobs

A startup in Pittsburgh shows what a social enterprise is capable of.

What a Library Levy Means to a West Virginia Town

What a Library Levy Means to a West Virginia Town

Charleston votes to save a community pillar.

How to Sign Up for Our 'American Futures' Newsletter

How to Sign Up for Our 'American Futures' Newsletter

"At the national level, American politics is bitterly polarized, and the mood of the country can seem fearful and downcast. But city by city we’ve seen examples of collaboration, practical-minded compromise, long-term investment in a region’s future, and a coast-to-coast resurgence in manufacturing and other startup activity."

The Hard Road to Making Hard Liquor

The Hard Road to Making Hard Liquor

A look at a nascent distillery in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley

Pittsburgh's City of Asylum

Pittsburgh's City of Asylum

In the City of Bridges, an eclectic community embraces writers in exile.

When a Community College Transforms a City

When a Community College Transforms a City

Ohio State University may be the local titan, but Columbus State Community College has also become a formidable presence.

The Flying Housewife

The Flying Housewife

50 years ago, Jerrie Mock became the first woman to fly solo around the world.

Hip in the Heartland

Hip in the Heartland

It's not just Brooklyn and the Bay Area any more

Today's Mid-Air Collision Outside Washington

Today's Mid-Air Collision Outside Washington

"This reminds us how vulnerable we all are." Lessons from a tragedy

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The 2015 Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

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