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The Surprising Bliss of Tour Guiding in Your Own City

When you take the time to show off your hometown, chances are you'll discover something new to love yourself.

Paolo Costa Baldi

For Montreal, Memories of the Olympics Boondoggle Remain

The 1976 games were largely considered a financial disaster. Can their legacy finally right itself?

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In Praise of Smaller Cities

Growing up, I couldn't wait to get out of Ann Arbor. But years of big city living has given me new appreciation for my hometown.

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It Took Months to Reach a Deal on Chicago Food Trucks

In a city with politics in its life's blood, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal gleams with compromise.

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Reno Just Wants to Be Normal

The city has been a haven for gold rushers, divorce-seekers and gamblers. Now it's making a bid for the pleasant city market.

Why It's So Hard to Be a Food Truck in New Orleans

Tough permit rules, location regulations, and rigorous inspections make the city so known for its food one of the least hospitable to food trucks in the country.

Micheline Maynard

Downtown Toledo's Minor League Mojo

Minor league ballparks can thrive when combined with a passionate local sports culture and an already improving downtown.

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The Midwest's Big Economic Miscalculation

The rebirth of traditional industries isn't necessarily a good thing.

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Chicago’s Overshadowed Chef Gets His Moment

Paul Kahan finally gets the recognition he deserves.

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The Man Who Brought Texas BBQ to Chicago

Barry Sorkin is an Illinois native with no formal food background. Here's how he opened one of the city's most successful restaurants.

You Are Where You Wear

The often subtle (and occasionally lucrative) art of expressing city pride, via t-shirt.

Bringing A Little Bit of New York to Ann Arbor

The city's best-known sandwich maker on his unlikely path from history major to deli owner.

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What's a Hockey Game Worth?

Today's NHL Winter Classic has netted cities as much as $36 million in revenue and Philadelphia is hoping to exceed that record

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Meet Indiana's First African-American Female Mayor

Karen Freeman-Wilson, the newly elected mayor of Gary, faces an uphill battle but a low bar for success

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At Crosswalks, Should Drivers Have to Be Mind Readers?

Ann Arbor, Mich., grapples with redefining a law that forces drivers to stop if a pedestrian even appears to be approaching a crossing

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For Tupelo and Toyota, a Shared Second Chance

A decade in the making, Mississippi's newest auto plant is set to change the face of this city of 38,000

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Detroit's New Bridge Is Going Nowhere

A local billionaire is bent on keeping control of Detroit's main connection to Canada, even if he has to stall the development of a new one indefinitely

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Rahm Emanuel: The Anti-Daley

Chicago's hard-charging new mayor was seen as Daley's successor, but now he's dismantling the former mayor's legacy