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Shawarma with a Side of Culture, Controversy: Pittsburgh’s Conflict Kitchen Feels the Heat

Dawn Weleski was on a flight to Houston to attend a conference when she got word that Conflict Kitchen, the

Life Without Bats

I grew up in a tiny rural township, ten minutes outside of Akron, Ohio in a neighborhood surrounded by looming

From Carpet Joints to Racinos: How Midwest Gambling Went Legit

Wherever my paternal grandfather is – and if it’s his idea of Heaven, it probably looks like the old Dairy

Belt’s Top Ten Posts of 2014

Belt’s Top Ten Posts of 2014

What made you click? A racist mascot, a beleaguered neighborhood, fake suburbs, trains, schools, lakefronts, beer and parks. Revisit the most read pieces of 2014:  1. The Secret History of Chief Wahoo 2. Cleveland Heights and the Problem of ‘Used to

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“Almost There” Gets There

“Almost There” Gets There

Documentaries about artists can go wrong in a million different ways. Take John Maloof's recent Finding Vivian Maier, which is more a film about Maloof's transformation from a ragpicker into the self-appointed keeper ...

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