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The Glamorous Life of a Journalist, Couples-Getaway Edition

Addressing America's infrastructure crisis, while people are staying right in the infrastructure.

John Tierney on the Power of Mapping

John Tierney on the Power of Mapping

A picture is worth a thousand words; the right map, maybe more

The Power of Mapping

The Power of Mapping

Geospatial information is changing the way we approach the world around us. Here's an example. 

The <em>Parks and Recreation</em> Theory of America's Future

The Parks and Recreation Theory of America's Future

What we discuss at the national level has surprisingly little to do with startup decisions. Some provocative data about where America is growing, and why.

The Surprising Geography of Everyday Talk

The Surprising Geography of Everyday Talk

A familiar voice in a new location

What We Mean When We Say Hello

The curious geography of American greetings

So, Where Do You Live? What Do You Do?

So, Where Do You Live? What Do You Do?

By Deborah Fallows

Dreaming Big in South Carolina: A Public Boarding School for the Arts
Dadgum! Katy, Bar the Door! Speaking Your Mind in South Carolina SCPRT

Smaller-Town Startups: 'Stopping the Brain Drain' in South Carolina

'People say, this is my ticket Out.' Then, they want to stay.

America's Tiniest Engineers: Report From Greenville, South Carolina
My Current Favorite TV Ad

My Current Favorite TV Ad

"For the most part, give or take, today is actually ... pretty great."

In Which I Develop New Respect for the Wedding-Industrial Complex Reuters

In Which I Develop New Respect for the Wedding-Industrial Complex

We know that football players are brave. But spare a thought as well for bride-magazine models.

Welcome to Greenville and 'The Upstate'

A region that has willed its way to a new economic and civic identity.

Separated at Birth? Greenville, Sioux Falls

Here is Falls Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, last summer: And here is Falls Park in Greenville, South Carolina, this afternoon: A…

Ice Cream, Chocolate, Coffee, and Beer

Ice Cream, Chocolate, Coffee, and Beer

Take ingredients and blend, for small-town synergy. By Deborah Fallows. 

Why Do Tech Companies End Up Where They Are?

"You get some clusters, and some stand-alone firms far from anyone else.  But rarely anything in-between."

Luck? Planning? Karma? The Elements of a Small Town's High-Tech Success Wikimedia Commons

Luck? Planning? Karma? The Elements of a Small Town's High-Tech Success

A software company grows in an unlikely setting. "Why here?" we ask the founders.

An American Dream: A YMCA With a Circus
On the Character of a Community: What Local Narratives Emphasize, and Leave Out

On the Character of a Community: What Local Narratives Emphasize, and Leave Out

The role of universities, and our un-loved public efforts.

A City's Turning Points

A City's Turning Points

The steps toward success, or failure, and why our understanding of them matters.

A School With a Sense of Place

A School With a Sense of Place

By Deborah Fallows.

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