This Iowa town of just under 7,000 people has weathered the recession well, so far. Food prices spiked higher in the last few years, providing a steady income stream to the farmers of Iowa’s northwest corner. Government support for ethanol … Continue reading
Farmers in Sioux Center managed to avert much of the financial crisis by keeping a close eye on their balance sheets. Continue reading
On Fridays in Sioux Center, Iowa, the high school football game is the place to be, and the competition is about more than just moving the ball down the field. 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