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Ingredients of a Better City: How Arts Play Their Part

A soft-power approach to hard economic and social problems

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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.

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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

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Now That Mississippi Is in the News

Can the media avoid a freak-show tone?

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The Endless Civil War Goes On

Northerners and Southerners, blacks and whites, grapple once more with the question of "what's the worst we will put up with?"

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The Civil War That Does Not End

How to talk, in the 21st century, about the war that divided the country in the 19th century, and the racial patterns set up by slavery long before

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A Real Story of Memorial Day

The origins of this weekend's holiday, linking Mississippi and The Atlantic

Reports From America

Swampwise!

Dipthongs turn into monopthongs, and other adventures among the cypress knees.

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‘Where Do You Go to Church?’ The Video and Mapping Versions

More ways of taking the measure of this vast country.

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Greenville, Burlington, and American Futures

"I loathed it with the heat of a thousand million suns."

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

Read the story in The Atlantic  here.   When we were in Greenville SC recently, I was surprised to learn that a very common follow-up to the greeting of “How do you do?” or “Nice to meet you,” is the question “Where do you go to church?” I wrote about it here. Lots of you wrote […]

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Dreaming Big in South Carolina:

A Public Boarding School for the Arts

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An American Dream:

A YMCA With a Circus

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On the Character of a Community: What Local Narratives Emphasize

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

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A City’s Turning Points

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

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On the Limits, but Also the Power, of Local Narratives

The stories cities tell about themselves, and the difference that makes.