Words and stories from the towns where the newest Americans live
When you are an American living overseas, Thanksgiving is an even more powerful nationally unifying holiday than the Fourth of July. All the Americans know something special is going on;…
At its peak, nearly one century ago in 1920, the coal-mining industry employed nearly 800,000 people in the United States. Decade by decade, as America’s population has swelled and its…
Deb Fallows has a new post up, about what’s actually involved in settling immigrants from Syria—or Somalia or Congo or Bhutan—in the American cities that have taken the lead in…
The people of Erie, Pennsylvania, have welcomed immigrants and refugees, and believe that their town is better off for having done so.
Older People Moan, Younger People Hope
Not the America I Have Seen
Not to over-personalize, but I feel as if my life in the past few weeks recapitulates the argument my wife Deb and I have been making in our American Futures travels.…
Getting from here to there by small plane
An art museum with a long history reinvents itself with passion and an entrepreneurial spirit.
Legalized gambling is a familiar part of the modern American landscape. But an innovative scheme in a lakeside city in western Pennsylvania shows new possibilities for putting casino revenue to positive public use.
In Erie, Pennsylvania, a public institution is building on its nautical past to open a world of opportunity for local residents.
'Now That I've Got a Look at This Place, It's Not So Bad!'
The challenges of Rust Belt America are real, and well-known. What's less familiar is the response some mid-sized cities are making.
What does it mean to spend years as a Syrian refugee and then land in a brand new life in Erie, Pennsylvania?