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What Millennials Love About Pittsburgh

'Land of Opportunity' has real meaning here.

California High-Speed Rail Lucky No. 13: Let's Look at Maglev and Other Alternatives

California High-Speed Rail Lucky No. 13: Let's Look at Maglev and Other Alternatives

"Should we invest in infrastructure? Absolutely! But the right kind of infrastructure." Some ideas on what that might mean.

National Problems, Local Solutions: More Reports From Ohio

National Problems, Local Solutions: More Reports From Ohio

America and Americans in the active, not passive, mode

When 'Collaboration' Is More Than a Buzzword

When 'Collaboration' Is More Than a Buzzword

The story of a business partnership that stands to boost the economy of Columbus, Ohio, and the surrounding region

A Creative Way to Educate Low-Income Students

A Creative Way to Educate Low-Income Students

In Columbus, Ohio, an innovative school has patched together state funds, work study, and grants to give at-risk kids a high-quality education.

What the Beer Industry and the Computer Industry Have in Common

What the Beer Industry and the Computer Industry Have in Common

They grew up in the same era and, despite some obvious differences, have some surprising parallels.

Pennsylvania's Beer Economy

Pennsylvania's Beer Economy

Brewers have been perfecting their recipes in this part of the country since the middle of the 19th century.

All Aboard for the California High-Speed Rail Chronicles!

All Aboard for the California High-Speed Rail Chronicles!

In next month's election, Jerry Brown is seeking a fourth term as California's governor and public support for his plan for a north-south bullet train to transform travel in a car-dependent state. Here is more of what's at stake.

Ingredients of a Better City: How Arts Play Their Part

Ingredients of a Better City: How Arts Play Their Part

A soft-power approach to hard economic and social problems

How to Attract Artists to a Down-and-Out Neighborhood

How to Attract Artists to a Down-and-Out Neighborhood

Columbus, Ohio, has figured out how to draw creative types to an area it is hoping to revitalize.

How the Boy Scouts Are Adapting to Modern American Life

How the Boy Scouts Are Adapting to Modern American Life

A local example of a century-old organization finding a new place and role for itself

How Are the Boy Scouts Doing in American Cities?

How Are the Boy Scouts Doing in American Cities?

A visit to the headquarters of the Minsi Trails Council in Allentown, Pennsylvania, reveals the lasting influence of the organization—and some of the challenges of modern parenting.

Re-Knitting the Frayed Social Fabric: What Libraries Can Do

Re-Knitting the Frayed Social Fabric: What Libraries Can Do

As Ohio goes, so goes the nation—or at least we can hope so in this case.

Not Your Mother's Library

Not Your Mother's Library

How Columbus, Ohio, is building community spaces for the 21st century

Urban Comeback Stories in 2 Swing States

Urban Comeback Stories in 2 Swing States

Tales from two cities, plus the secret of the writing life

Wasted Waterfronts: Why Cities Struggle to Build Along Rivers

Wasted Waterfronts: Why Cities Struggle to Build Along Rivers

The story of Allentown, Pennsylvania, as it turns its attention to a long-neglected asset

Remaking Columbus's Most Downtrodden Neighborhood

Remaking Columbus's Most Downtrodden Neighborhood

Franklinton long has been called "The Bottoms." But not for much longer.

A Day on the Road: A Story-Map View of Allentown

A Day on the Road: A Story-Map View of Allentown

What you find is usually not quite what you were looking for.

The Iron Pigs Come to Allentown

The Iron Pigs Come to Allentown

Changing the spirit of a town with sports

Water, Water, Everywhere: Lehigh Valley Edition

Water, Water, Everywhere: Lehigh Valley Edition

Allentown deals with fiscal problems from its past with a bet about water supplies for its future

The City That Turned Its Water Into Cash

The City That Turned Its Water Into Cash

"We've got unfunded obligations in the hundreds of millions. What can we leverage?"

First Bowling Alone, Now Vaulting Together

First Bowling Alone, Now Vaulting Together

From Tocqueville onward, observers have thought that informal organizations held America together. Are any of them left?

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