Stories

The Politics of Midwestern Identity & Racial Divides

The nationwide protests spurred by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis have brought a magnifying glass on the Midwestern city—its people, its politics...

Hungry Still: Sesame-swirl Milk Bread

In these times of uncertainty, despite the chaos surrounding grocery shopping in a raging pandemic, we find ourselves… hungry still. Sometimes-ASMR, sometimes-experimental-food, this series pairs a memory with a recipe. Ingredients may be substituted—you know how it goes these days—and methods may be adapted, but the story behind them lives on.

“Got Milk?” The COVID-19 Food Dilemma: Part II, the Food Chain Disruption

Don’t cry over spilled milk? Well, you’re lucky if you’ve got any milk at all. In part II of our two-part series on the grocery, we talk about how the current crisis is affecting the massive network behind the storefront. COVID-19 is forcing us to re-examine systems that have been in place for hundreds of years, including the food supply chain. Once a robust system maximizing efficiency and profit, the brokenness of the American food system is a shock to consumers and industry leaders alike. Can the problems be a blessing in disguise? How might these pressure points shed light on industry practices, and lead to social and environmental gain?
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Hungry Still: Scallion Pancakes

In these times of uncertainty, despite the chaos surrounding grocery shopping in a raging pandemic, we find ourselves… hungry still. Sometimes-ASMR, sometimes-experimental-food, this series pairs a memory with a recipe. Ingredients may be substituted—you know how it goes these days—and methods may be adapted, but the story behind them lives on.

Digital Exhibition: “Monuments for Small-Town Life” from the Harvard Graduate School of Design

"At a time when recent political developments brought back the attention to the small towns of the American Midwest, the studio proposes to design...
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Harvard Architecture Students Imagine “Monuments for Small-Town Life” in Clyde, Ohio

In January of 2020, Midstory partnered with an architecture studio at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design to host an exhibit of student work premised on designing a community gathering space for the city of Clyde, OH. The Midstory Team sat down with course instructor and architect Pier Paolo Tamburelli to learn about the premise and to share with the Midwest audience the beauty, critical reflection and, ultimately, kindness from the possibility of new collective life in Small-Town, USA.
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Hungry Still: Ginger-thyme Lemonade

In these times of uncertainty, despite the chaos surrounding grocery shopping in a raging pandemic, we find ourselves… hungry still. Sometimes-ASMR, sometimes-experimental-food, this series pairs a memory with a recipe. Ingredients may be substituted—you know how it goes these days—and methods may be adapted, but the story behind them lives on.

“Got Milk?” The COVID-19 Food Dilemma: Part I, the Storefront

Don’t cry over spilled milk? Well, maybe we should. COVID-19 is forcing us to re-examine systems that have been in place for hundreds of years, including the grocery. But the grocery storefront is just a window into the unprecedented social and economic pressures we are facing as global citizens. In this two-part series, we talk about the evolution of the grocery store and how the current crisis is affecting the massive food network behind it.
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For each other.

Eating Local: A Digital Sampler

If you’ve grown up here, you’ve probably heard at some point that Toledo has the most restaurants per capita. While that’s not exactly true,...

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