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Burn or Fizzle? Public Art, Economic Renewal, and the Curious Case of the Great Chicago Fire Festival

The critics were brutal. Headlines called it a “fizzle,” a “fiasco,” and “a total bust.” Some 30,000 people had gathered

The Affordable Care Act: Local Flesh And Blood

Like most ten-year-olds, Erin Potter has to be tracked down on a sunny and bright Sunday afternoon. Used to be

The Slumlords We Love

Ken bursts through the front door of the Bel-Aire office wielding a can of wasp spray. The woman who ran

I Used to Live Here

I Used to Live Here

“I Used to Live Here” is a collaborative essay and set of images about cities and how they can and cannot be archived or preserved by Mexican artist and writer Veronica Gerber Bicceci and American writer Kathleen Rooney.

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Who Was That Masked Cartoonist?

Who Was That Masked Cartoonist?

In 1976, police in the Cleveland suburb of Euclid were after what they considered perhaps the most wanted man in their city, a teenager who wasn’t exactly the kind of criminal who would show up on FBI posters inside the

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Elyria, A Place I Have Not Been

Elyria, A Place I Have Not Been

The Midwest is the center of my earth. The winds of the Great Lakes carry my family’s ties to the outer reaches of Erie, Michigan, Superior. Old farmlands hold their stories – of rejection, toil, love, and aspiration.

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Looking At Appalachia

Looking At Appalachia

What images first come to mind when you hear the word “Appalachia”? No, really. The first image? One of the things I like to do in a group setting, particularly with students, is run through this exercise. I explain that

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Mississippi Albert

Mississippi Albert

My mother gave me a harmonica for my thirteenth birthday. The first song I learned was “Old Black Joe.” I played a lot of ditties like that – easy major key tunes – throughout junior high and high school.

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