Economic Development

Postindustrial America is filled with neighborhoods, communities, towns — even entire cities — that have been cut off from stronger economies for a multitude of reasons: Outflows of anchor industries; shoddy roads, nonexistent public transportation,. infrastructure that won’t support broadband internet. The reasons are varied. We’ll explore what those reasons are — and how they can be dealt with to connect, serve, and improve work and life in these communities.

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A soldier’s new mission: Franchising craft breweries

BY CARMEN GENTILE // PHOTOS BY JUSTIN MERRIMAN // AMERICAN REPORTAGE FOR POSTINDUSTRIAL

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A ‘gun guy’ bids farewell to his bump stock

BY NICK GRIMES // PHOTOS BY JUSTIN MERRIMAN
// AMERICAN REPORTAGE FOR POSTINDUSTRIAL

The truth about steel — and Trump

MATT STROUD // PHOTO BY PETE MAROVICH
// AMERICAN REPORTAGE FOR POSTINDUSTRIAL

Minneapolis 2040

BY MARIA ROSE // PHOTO FROM MINNEAPOLIS 2040

Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Blocked

BY MARIA ROSE // PHOTO BY TIMOTHY C. WRIGHT II | FOR THE WASHINGTON POST

Youngstown braces for loss of Lordstown

Youngstown braces for loss of Lordstown

BY MARIA ROSE // PHOTO BY JOHN MINCHILLO OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Curated reports from the region

A SMALL TOWN’S BATTLE AGAINST RADIOACTIVE FRACKING WASTE Irvine, Estill County, Kentucky, 1995. Nancy Farmer, a local resident, was part of a group...


EXECUTIVE ORDER: BORDER SECURITY AND IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT IMPROVEMENTS By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of...


TRUMP LOOKING TO LOCAL POLICE FOR IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT Last Friday, President Trump issued a misguided executive order affecting migration from seven majority-Muslim countries....


THE LONG, LAWLESS RIDE OF SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO Joe Arpaio, the 80-year-old lawman who brands himself “America’s toughest sheriff,” is smiling like a...


THE ROLE OF LOCAL POLICE: STRIKING A BALANCE BETWEEN IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT AND CIVIL LIBERTIES The Police Foundation is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting innovation and improvement...


NEW SHERIFF TELLS ICE HE’LL END CONTROVERSIAL JAIL IMMIGRATION PROGRAM IN MECKLENBURG On his first full day as Mecklenburg County Sheriff Wednesday, Garry McFadden notified the U.S....


NATIONAL MAP OF 287(G) AGREEMENTS 287(g) agreements (also known as “287(g) contracts” or “287(g) programs”) receive their name from Section...


LIFE, DEATH AND INSULIN Alec Raeshawn Smith, a Minneapolis resident, was on the cusp of his 24th birthday when...


HOW ILLINOIS BET ON VIDEO GAMBLING AND LOST Illinois is home to more than 30,000 video slot and poker machines, more than any...


WHY DETROIT RESIDENTS PUSHED BACK AGAINST TREE-PLANTING In the pursuit of increasing urban tree canopy, The Greening of Detroit, a local environmental...


INSIDE THE GM PLANT WHERE NOOSES AND ‘WHITES-ONLY’ SIGNS HUNG For Marcus Boyd, it was impossible not to notice the racist threats and judgment that...


VETERANS IN FEDERAL WORKFORCE FEEL EFFECTS OF GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN Army veteran David Shanley-Dillman, a project leader with the U.S. Forest Service in rural Michigan,...


LINCOLN YARDS, THE 78: DIFFERENT TRAINS OF THOUGHT FOR TWO OF CHICAGO’S BIGGEST PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT SITES Two of the boldest real estate developments proposed in decades are chugging toward big changes...


NEPALESE AND BHUTANESE IMMIGRANTS BRING NEW FLAVOR TO PITTSBURGH Across from Brentwood Towne Square on Rt. 51, several immigrants from Nepal and Bhutan have...


ELWOOD, ILLINOIS (POP. 2,200), HAS BECOME A VITAL HUB OF AMERICA’S CONSUMER ECONOMY. AND IT’S HELL. For a town that had no sidewalks, the introduction of the CenterPoint Intermodal freight terminal...


YEAR IN REVIEW: LARGEST BUSINESS BANKRUPTCIES OF 2018 Each week in the Business Times Leads section, we bring you information on what is...


WHAT CITY HALL CORRUPTION COSTS CHICAGO BUSINESS A federal complaint detailing attempted extortion charges against City Council potentate Edward Burke pulls back...


WILL ‘OPPORTUNITY ZONES’ HELP THE RICH, THE POOR OR BOTH? Buried in the Republican tax overhaul that President Donald Trump signed into law in late...


CUYAHOGA COUNTY CONSIDERS SWEEPING HOUSING PROGRAM TO STABILIZE NEIGHBORHOODS Cuyahoga County proposes to launch a $30 million, six-year effort to stabilize home values, eliminate...


DETROIT CONDO BOUGHT FOR $90K IN 2012 SELLS FOR $1.25M IN 2018 – AND THAT’S GOOD In 2012, the father and son team of Andrew and Nathaniel Wallace, founders of a...


TUNNEL VISION In the 1970s, Chicago embarked upon an ambitious plan to eliminate flooding and sewage backups...


MATTHEW J. BROWN In “New Developments,” photographer Matthew J. Brown investigates the fluctuating story of land use in...


FUTURE WORK In rural Appalachia, can health care become the new coal? PBS has started a...


SOUTHERN COMMUNITIES REVITALIZE THEIR CONNECTION TO ELECTRIC CO-OPS It took Cleotra Tanner more than 60 years to learn he was a partial owner...


THE FUTURE OF THE GREAT LAKES The Great Lakes water wars are on. Earlier this year, Wisconsin approved a request from...


 

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