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The Privilege of Shopping Local

The Privilege of Shopping Local

My dog needs a new collar. Last weekend, I decided to get him a new one, and I decided to do it locally. There are two independent pet shops within walking distance. Both shops are amazing, with loving attendants...

Everybody Loves an Underdog

Everybody Loves an Underdog

Buffalo is a tertiary city that often gets ridiculed and overlooked. There have been countless times that I say “I live in Buffalo” only for people to respond... Buffalo? Why? Isn’t it cold up there? Ohhhh... but the snow!...

Real Topeka People

Real Topeka People

In Cameron Crowe’s movie “Almost Famous”, fifteen-year-old budding rock-and-roll journalist William Miller is waiting near the back entrance of a concert venue, hoping to snag an interview with a new band, Stillwater. A pack of groupies (a pod? A...

Planning for Places

Planning for Places

The college, the hospital, the manufacturer, the school system, the foundation, the bank, the insurance agency, the United Way, service clubs, small businesses, big businesses, local government, nonprofits and on and on. Every single one of these institutions in...

10 Truths About Tackling Your Own Development

10 Truths About Tackling Your Own Development

Creating spaces and places for people is my passion. From creating beautiful downtown living spaces to the storefronts and offices where their businesses can flourish, being a developer is all about making a positive impact for others. Development can...

Main Street: The Navel of Your Heartbreaking Town

Main Street: The Navel of Your Heartbreaking Town

It’s time to take back your Main Street. Time to fight to restore it. Time to fight for its safe return. I know Main Street hasn’t been stolen, it hasn’t been whisked away in the middle of the night....

A City Is Not A Platoon

A City Is Not A Platoon

Carl Bingham never deployed overseas with his Tank unit. Most likely, because it was too close to the end of the war, but possibly because he was more valuable developing tests that certified the mental state of army personnel....

Old-School Road Trip Extravaganza! Chapter 2: California

Old-School Road Trip Extravaganza! Chapter 2: California

This is the second of a series of photo essays exploring America’s growth and investment efforts of the past. We’re surveying the Library of Congress archive of John Margolis’ images taken of “roadside places” in the US around 40...

People and Potential Before Polish and Perfection

People and Potential Before Polish and Perfection

A majority of my work is interviewing people in a community and turning their stories into social media content in the form of photo essays, videos, and podcasts.Yesterday, I interviewed six people in the City of Saginaw, Michigan. Dawn...

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