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My latest for POLITICO's What Works series is on a small, out-of-the-way city that put itself on the map.

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/09/roanoke-virginia-redevelopment-what-works-214247
Not long ago the city's downtown was home to just 15 people. Now it's bustling. Here's how it rebooted.
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I tried to explain Mane Gov. Paul Lepage to the wider world in The Guardian this morning.
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Bristol, UK reads Republic of Pirates, only to discover they've had Blackbeard's name wrong (the pirate being possibly a famous native son.) The Bristol Post has the story this morning, with yours truly as the bearer of bad news.
He is the world's most famous pirate, Bristol's finest and still notorious after 300 years, but now a definitive history of Blackbeard has claimed that the city has got it wrong. Blackbeard's real...
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Many US cities repurposed their industrial zones; Milwaukee doubled-down on theirs, creating a (green) model for the 21st century manufacturing park. My latest for Politico's "What Works" series:
<p>The drive into Milwaukee once offered a sweeping vista of the American industrial apocalypse.</p>
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I'm speaking on the crisis in the world's oceans and the Gulf of Maine in Damariscotta this Wednesday, Aug. 3. Turns out the event is open to the public, if you happen to live in the area. (Its the annual meeting of the Damariscotta River Association, an excellent organization.)
The public is invited to attend the annual meeting of the Damariscotta River Association (DRA) on Wednesday, Aug. 3, featuring award-winning author, journalist and 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist Colin Woodard.
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My latest installment for Politico's "What Works" series is on Philadelphia repurposed the 1200 acre Navy Yard complex:
As big as downtown, the new yard is a bustling hive of new industry, offices and even shipbuilding.
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Can fact checking take down demagoguery? Paul LePage edition, from Pacific Standard Magazine. My answer when they asked: doesn't seem so.

Maine Governor Paul LePage has been making outlandish accusations against the black community. The American Civil Liberties Union is…
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Was Blackbeard a good guy, Britain's Daily Mail asks me. My answers, with my name misspelled and a fantasy transplantation to New York, herein:
Colin Woodward, a New York-based researcher, says all the guidebooks, plaques, posters and history books have been getting Blackbeard's real name and reputation wrong all this time.
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Tracking the money in the struggle for control of Maine's State House. Democrats have a large lead in raising money for the principal war chests the state parties use to help legislative candidates. Who's giving? All revealed herein:
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Wherein it's settled that Minnesota is part of Yankeedom, in case anyone was dubious.
Will what makes Minnesota so good keep it from becoming great?
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The Gulen movement is accused of being behind the coup in Turkey, but they've also spent a lot of time cultivating goodwill and allies in Maine, of all places.

http://www.pressherald.com/2016/07/24/commentary-the-maine-turkey-connection/
Followers of the reclusive imam blamed for Turkey's attempted coup have built a bipartisan network of allies here in Maine.
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Enjoyed talking with KCRW's design program "dna" about the redesign of Cleveland's Public Square. It aired today.
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