Thursday, May 15, 2014
Welcome to American Futures
Welcome New York Times readers! My article in the Travel section described the American Futures Project that my husband, Jim, and I have been doing for The Atlantic and our partners, Marketplace radio and the Esri software firm.
The main project page here hosts all of our articles. Below you'll find a selection of the main themes we've emphasized and some of the most popular posts.
We hope you'll enjoy following this saga and send us suggestions of places we should go and things we should see.
You can email me at DebFallows at gmail dot com.
John Tierney, our partner on the American Futures Project, has built this map, using Esri technology, to highlight the towns we have visited so far. If you click on the pushpin, you'll see the town.
Big Picture of Economic Resilience of Small Towns
Holland MI: Why local money matters
Sioux Falls SD: Looking at the economic bones of a city
Redlands CA: A City's turning points
St. Marys GA: The transformation of a company town
Greenville SC: A public boarding school for the arts
Camden County GA: A high school oriented toward technical careers
Greenville SC: An elementary school of engineering
Big, Intriguing Companies -- Why they're in These Small Cities and Their Importance in the Life of the Community
Holland MI: A major recycling company
Burlington VT: A software titan
Redlands CA: The innovator in Geographic Innovation Systems
Small-town America as Home to Refugees from Around the World
Burlington VT: A refugee resettlement program, and the story of Hai Blue
Sioux Falls SD: Home for a lively immigrant community
The Language of America: The Stories about How We Speak and What We Say to One Another
Holland MI: Some linguistic curiosities and patterns of American Speech
Eastport ME: Wicked good talk in New England
Everywhere: How Americans greet each other and what it means
The Flying Life: Sights and Sounds from the Cockpit
Itawt-Itawa-Pudye-Ttatt and other curiosities of airborne language
The language of the skies
Flavors of America: People and Places Improving our Tastes
Burlington VT: The Alchemist brew
Rapid City SD: An eco-friendly green hotel