Farmers in Sioux Center managed to avert much of the financial crisis by keeping a close eye on their balance sheets. Continue reading
The home of the renowned University of Michigan is just a short drive from Detroit. In those 40 minutes, the traveler crossed from a city in freefall with unemployment approaching 30 percent, to a thriving small city, with new buildings, … Continue reading
Our Patchwork Nation series continues Tuesday night with a look at Ann Arbor, Mich. After a Web-only video postcard the city, Patchwork Nation director Dante Chinni tells me more about the city’s story.
If there is a community well positioned for the demise of a true local daily, it may be the heavily wired, tech-savvy college town of Ann Arbor, Mich. Continue reading
This week’s Patchwork Nation series will feature reports from around the country on issues facing American communities. After a Web-only video postcard from the first city the series will explore — Philadelphia — I talk to Patchwork Nation director Dante … Continue reading
In a century, Philadelphia has moved from a city of skilled blue collar workers, an economy with more than half its jobs in manufacturing, to a city where one out of 20 workers made things for a living. Depending on … Continue reading
As part of the kick-off to a series this week on the PBS NewsHour examining the communities of Patchwork Nation, project director Dante Chinni takes viewers on a drive down Germantown Ave., revealing the many “cities” that make up Philadelphia. Continue reading
Originally started to combat a major graffiti problem, Philadelphia’s Mural Arts program has become a successful tool for urban renewal. Continue reading