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How the Van Aken District Brought New Life to Shaker Heights: An Illustration Essay

My anti-morning person disposition requires that I have at least one iced coffee to start my day, and while Starbucks or Dunkin suffice, I...

Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur Has a New Committee Position. What Could That Mean for Toledo?

In post-industrial cities across the Midwest, the struggles of population loss, low wages and aging infrastructure remain as barriers to the economic revitalization of...

Dear Erie III.

As the Great Black Swamp was drained and cut down acre by acre, a manmade tile and ditch system took its place. At the...

Ohio Scientist Rattan Lal on How Soil Could Help Solve Global Environmental Crises

Award-winning scientist Rattan Lal’s fascination with soil goes back to childhood on his family’s farm in India; he marveled at the soil’s ability to produce food and wondered why it needed to be plowed when it got compacted over time.

Ohio’s Transit System and the Path to an Intermodal Future

Read Part I here. About a century ago, Ohio was covered with an extensive system of electric passenger railroads called interurbans—a short-lived but well-loved era...

Dear Erie II.

You might be surprised to know that much of Northwest Ohio was largely under water until the 1900s. Fourteen thousand years ago, this area...

Summit Street a Century Ago

As Summit Street currently undergoes a multi-million dollar transformation, now is an opportune moment to look back on the history of one of the...

Dear Erie I.

It's been nearly seven years since the 2014 harmful algal bloom crisis. Lake Erie is one of the world’s largest freshwater resources, and yet...
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When Ohio Was the Future of Public Transit: The Interurban Era

Midwestern rail transit tends to evoke imagery of rusted steel and graffitied cargo cars—not exactly the picture of the speedy, sparkling passenger rail of...

Black Voices in Ohio Journalism

In celebration of Black History Month, take a look at just a few of the historical figures who trailblazed for Black voices in journalism in Ohio and beyond.

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