Eleven pieces on identity, community, exploitation, and resilience in Appalachia.
The coal industry continues to decline. Natural gas isn’t bringing the prosperity it promised. And now the pandemic has wrecked the state’s economy.
The plant was erected in Pike County, Ohio during the cold war to enrich uranium. Then people started getting sick. Now, they're stuck cleaning up the mess.
"All over McKean County, we claimed the unwanted spaces that adults had left behind."
How the region's industrial history continues to shape contemporary life.
In the middle of the twentieth century, industrialists tried to rebrand the coast north of Cleveland. Like many marketing ploys, it straddled the fuzzy line between aspiration and actuality.
By the time she was four, my grandmother had survived her first global pandemic. A lifetime later, she is weathering another.
More than twenty-five thousand people lost their homes so a highway could be built in my neighborhood.
A requiem for the small-town "hang-arounds."
Since the early twentieth century, the area has been a safe haven for Latinx—including my family.
A Pittsburgh-area test case in working across political boundaries to address flooding.
The West Virginia community is left to grapple with the consequences of C8 contamination.