Cate Novak

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One Man’s Quest to Make “America’s Museum” in Youngstown, Ohio

In the early 20th century, Americans were infatuated with international (read: European) art, as people clamored to buy pieces by famous artists like Renoir and Monet. It wasn’t until 1919 that the first institute dedicated solely to American art opened in Youngstown, OH. The Butler Institute of Art is still one of Ohio’s most popular museums today, and the rich history of its founder, Joseph G. Butler Jr., led to the Institute’s focus on representation and access for all Americans.

A Tale of Two Toledos

In 1931, Toledoans in their small Ohio city were facing the second year of the Great Depression. They saw an economy that had thrived in the previous decade through...

Where Does Detroit Go From Here? A (2021) Review of The Origins of the Urban Crisis (1996)

Type “Detroit” into Google, and prepare yourself for an extensive and thorough narrative of negativity before you even click “search”: “Is Detroit bad?”, “Why is Detroit abandoned?” and “Why...

A Guide to the Midwest’s Bike Shares

Since the first – and short-lived – bike-share system was established in Amsterdam in 1965, hundreds of similar systems have launched around the world, according to a continually updated...

The Rise of Teacher Turnover in Detroit’s Charter Schools

Michigan currently has the highest number of for-profit charter schools in the country, and the metro Detroit area, which includes Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, holds 59 percent of...

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