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African Cuisine Can Be Hard to Find in the Midwest. First- and Second-generation Immigrants Are Changing That.

After Esther Ajiboye was laid off from her banking job amid the Great Recession of 2008, she decided to try her hand outside of...

Toledo Food Trucks Brew Popularity and Partnerships Amidst the Pandemic

For two years, Lyle’s Crepes was a weekend business for Josh Posadny. He supported himself by working a number of different part-time gigs, throwing...

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...

Building the Midwest’s “Little Tokyo” in Novi, Michigan

Michigan may not seem to be the most likely place for authentic Asian cuisine and experiences, but developers and city leaders in the city of Novi hope that Sakura Novi, a new mixed-use development featuring Japanese and other Asian businesses, will foster cross-cultural connections and support the Asian expatriate community there. The development will be the first of its kind in Michigan and one of only a few in the Midwest. Cover graphic courtesy of sakuranovi.com.

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 this July, the Supreme Court ruled that about half of Oklahoma is Native American land, a decision that could have...

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