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From Houston to Shaker Heights: A Great Migration Story

In the 1950s, my father’s side of the family, like many other Black families from the South, migrated to the northern parts of the...

After Industry: Akron, the Rubber Capital of the World

Inventor Charles Goodyear, for whom Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is named, may never have set foot in Akron, OH. Yet, his innovation —...

After Industry: Cleveland’s Renaissance as the Rust Belt Poster Child

On July 2, it was cloudy in New York City. The city’s official Twitter account, which has over 1 million followers, commented on the...

A New Big Cheese in Town: Columbus’ First Plant-based Butcher

On the inside, Vida’s looks like any other traditional deli shop. There are meats and cheeses neatly wrapped in the front case and a...

After Industry: The Unusual Rebirth of Mansfield, Ohio

Nestled in the center of Northern Ohio, Mansfield has fallen in and out of fame over the years. Now, however, the small city perhaps...

Working as a Hero, Living as an Example: Fire Chief Brian Byrd on Leadership During Crisis

“I just can never turn the firefighter off. You can never turn off that desire and willingness to help somebody in a bad spot,...

After Industry: The Decades-long Recovery of the Glass City

Take a walk in downtown Toledo and you may be reminded of a Detroit or Cleveland of 10 or 15 years ago: empty warehouses,...

Returning to Build Cincinnati’s Future: A Conversation with P.G. Sittenfeld

Over a year ahead of the election, P.G. Sittenfeld is already running to be Cincinnati’s next mayor. Born and raised in the city, he’s on a quest to build a more equitable future. Midstory talked with Sittenfeld about why he returned home and his future plans for Cincinnati.

The Forgotten History of Ohio’s Indigenous Peoples

In a landmark case in July of 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that about half of Oklahoma is Native American land, a decision that...

South to Midwest: My Grandfather’s Great Migration

Through conversations with her grandfather, the author unpacks his personal history during the Civil Rights Movement and the Great Migration—one that paved the way for generations to come. Read his story and listen to excerpts from the interview.

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