As we head into the end of the fiscal year, we thought we’d check to see what you’ve been reading. Here are Belt’s most-read stories thus far in 2015:
1. The Complications of Our Deteriorating Inner Ring Suburbs by Daniel J. McGraw.
Ferguson, post-WW II housing stock, and demographic change.
2. Tent City In The Heartland: The Life and Death of the Chickahominy Indian Tribal Rescue Mission by Kailey Sherrick
Why did Wooster, Ohio, raze a tent city?
3. Reading the Midwest: Space Aliens and Police States by Mark Athitakis. Marilynne Robinson, Robert Heinlein, and Thomas Disch on God, conformity, and heartland Christianity.
4. Dunkleosteus: The Rise and Mysterious Fall of the Prehistoric King of Cleveland by Matt Stansberry
5. Preserving Grandeur by Mariam Makatsaria
Who will save Cleveland’s historic Marquand House?
6. Manufacturing Consent: Chicago’s Oldest Steel Mill Will Soon Be Demolished. What Will Replace It When It’s Gone? by Robin Amer.
A close look at Finkl Steel, zoning, and the value of industry.
7. From Chopin To Craft Beer: A Buffalo Skeptic Sees The Light by Bill McGraw
A Detroiter, dubious about Buffalo’s comeback, becomes a believer.
8. Physics From The Farm by Audra Wolfe
The surprisingly untold story of an Indiana farm girl who became an influential physicist.
9. The Post-Colonial Theory of the Rust Belt by Anne Trubek
Stop writing stories about “discovering uncharted territory,” coastal media.
10. Doomed To Pittsburgh: W. Eugene Smith In The City of Steel by Jeremy Lybarger
A photographer comes to Pittsburgh in 1955, “hellbent on salvation.”
(VIDA count: 50%)
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