Economic & Business Development

What Rural Economies Look Like From Above

In Kansas, the advent of an energy industry is inscribing itself on the physical landscape, adding wind farms to wheat farms.

Economic & Business Development

The Multi-Dimensional Reality of the Nation,

vs. the Flattened Reality of National Politics

Parks, Rec & Fun

A Good Start

Bobby's Story

Parks, Rec & Fun

America by Air:


Leaders & Governance

Awards for Civic Engagement:

37 New Examples

Economic & Business Development

Paradise Duluth

Postcard of the old Clyde Iron Works in its prime, via Perfect Duluth Day. As part of the unfolding saga of start-up businesses as the crucial creators of new jobs, and of particular start-ups like craft breweries (along with tech incubators, arts companies, manufacturing “maker spaces,” and others) in bringing life to fringe areas of recovering cities, I talked […]

Parks, Rec & Fun

America 2016, in 2 Quotes

Read the story in The Atlantic  here. From Donald Trump’s rally in Bethpage, Long Island, this week. The saying on that sign is not one of the quotes I have in mind. (Carlo Allegri / Reuters) Quote one, from Michael Cohen’s report for the Boston Globe on the big Trump rally in Long Island. Emphasis added: A smiling […]

Parks, Rec & Fun

Hmmm, Why Does This Sound Familiar?

Part 1,293

Economic & Business Development

Craft Breweries:

No, I'm Not Kidding, They Actually Matter in Civic Development!


Listening to Montana

In Chester, Montana, a world away from city life inspires an artist's music.

Economic & Business Development

With the PBS NewsHour

in Greenville, SC

From the Readers

Local Success, National Paralysis:

How Does it Balance Out?

Parks, Rec & Fun

Hmmm, This Sounds Like Something I Would Agree With

Read the story in The Atlantic  here. From Thomas Friedman in the NYT, emphasis added: … what will be required to produce resilient citizens and communities [is] forcing a politics that is much more of a hybrid of left and right. It is the kind of politics you already see practiced in successful communities and towns in […]

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Hmmm, Where Have We Heard This Before? (Super Tuesday Edition)

Read the story in The Atlantic  here. Headline on an editorial-page essay in this morning’s NYT: From the essay itself: In the presidential primary on Tuesday, Texas Republicans seem set to throw themselves behind the two candidates [Trump and Cruz] who are doing all they can to stress the seams, pop the rivets, blow apart whatever counts as […]

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In Which Warren Buffett Agrees With Me (or Perhaps Vice Versa)

Read the story in The Atlantic  here. Warren Buffett playing ping-pong, at a Berkshire Hathaway meeting last year. Another billionaire looks on. (Rick Wilking / Reuters) When I was living in and reporting from China, I spent a lot of time trying to hammer this point home: whatever you might say about China — good […]

Economic & Business Development

Fareed Zakaria GPS, and Another Traveler’s Views

One of the founders of the successful and stylish Loll furniture company, at the the headquarters in Duluth. The company’s story is one I describe in the magazine article and talked about today on CNN. This morning I was on Fareed Zakaria’s GPS program on CNN, talking about the project behind my current Atlantic cover story. A YouTube version […]