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Between Two Rivers: The Story of Cairo, Illinois

"Cairo just happens to be the most prolific example I know of our inability to dig down inside of us and consider who we really are as a country." 

McDowell County ranks poorest in West Virginia--US POVERTY

We challenge EVERYONE to share the Hollow teaser today to show the other side of what MSN Money calls “the poorest county” in West Virginia. Despite the abandoned buildings and poverty, there IS hope and beauty in McDowell. https://vimeo.com/44657010

SoLost Doc Series

SoLost is the original video series by The Oxford American that celebrates getting lost in the American South. SoLost is an off-kilter video journey through the side roads, backrooms, cellars and psyche of the modern South. With subjects prospected by master image-maker and Southern back-roads champ Dave Anderson, we delight in the tastes, sounds and myriad cultural delights of this our glorious landscape. Join us every month as we unveil a new episode of SoLost: artful, online video shorts that explore the complexity and vitality of the American South.

Jay Rockefeller endorses “Hollow.”

Jay Rockefeller endorses “Hollow.”

The US Census released the 1940 Census yesterday. Check out the map of Welch from 1940!

The US Census released the 1940 Census yesterday. Check out the map of Welch from 1940!

I just made a very simple data visualization using "Many Eyes." I used the data they provided and their layout…it could’t have been easier but it’s not interactive.

The poorest counties in America

How One Hospital Entices Doctors To Work In Rural America

'Brain Drain': Put a Stopper in Your Mouth

A few years ago, at a conference about the woes of rural America, one speaker really caught my attention with a very simple message. “Never say ‘rural brain drain,’” She told us. “Think about it.” She pointed out that to say “brain drain” in a rural community is basically telling everyone  present — the people who stayed — that they’re dumb. You’re implying they somehow missed the boat and are demonstrating low IQ just by being rural. 

A Black and White World

If things are, as they say, slower in the South, then integration was no exception. The 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring separate public schools for white and black children unconstitutional, finally incited change in McDowell County schools 11 years later; in some West Virginia counties, like Mercer, which desegregated in 1969, change trickled even slower.

Smith had been a teacher and a coach at Gary District School, an all black institution, before the consolidation into Gary High School happened. With two West Virginia Class A championships under his belt, one in football and one in basketball, he felt certain he’d have a position in the newly consolidated school, coaching black students and white students alike to be their athletic and academic best. He was wrong.

“Segregation became a part of my life when I was born,” Smith states. “But integration started in 1965. It was good that integration came.”

In a City Fighting Blight, ‘Ghost Signs’ as Portals to a Bygone Era

A demolition reveals two well-preserved ads on the side of a building that allude to a prosperity that is incongruous in today’s Highland Park, Mich.

Photo from Coal Country Tours: 
A coal miner and his family. African Americans were recruited and imported from across the country to help address the shortage of miners in central Appalachia. Many came from deep south Alabama where they were experienced in coal mining but most came inexperienced off the farms of the upper south. The N&W and other railroads that crossed Virginia and the Carolina’s were major conduits. Though most were lured with promises of good jobs and high wages, many were shanghaied.

Photo from Coal Country Tours: 

A coal miner and his family. African Americans were recruited and imported from across the country to help address the shortage of miners in central Appalachia. Many came from deep south Alabama where they were experienced in coal mining but most came inexperienced off the farms of the upper south. The N&W and other railroads that crossed Virginia and the Carolina’s were major conduits. Though most were lured with promises of good jobs and high wages, many were shanghaied.

Above are renderings for the Upper Big Branch Miners’ Memorial dedicated to the 29 miners that lost their lives in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch Coal Mine in April of 2010. 
"The plaza and monument will include interpretive signage located around the site and a plaque dedicated to the courageous actions of the first responders and mine rescue teams. Etched on the back of the 48’ monument will be a brief history of coal in WV, a memorial to all fallen coal miners and a tribute to the makeshift memorial that stood for a year after the accident on that same spot. The memorial will be built in Whitesville, WV which is located about 5 miles from the site of the disaster and was ground zero for media and first responders in the hours immediately following the explosion. Completion of the memorial is expected this Spring.”
Above are renderings for the Upper Big Branch Miners’ Memorial dedicated to the 29 miners that lost their lives in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch Coal Mine in April of 2010. 
"The plaza and monument will include interpretive signage located around the site and a plaque dedicated to the courageous actions of the first responders and mine rescue teams. Etched on the back of the 48’ monument will be a brief history of coal in WV, a memorial to all fallen coal miners and a tribute to the makeshift memorial that stood for a year after the accident on that same spot. The memorial will be built in Whitesville, WV which is located about 5 miles from the site of the disaster and was ground zero for media and first responders in the hours immediately following the explosion. Completion of the memorial is expected this Spring.”
Above are renderings for the Upper Big Branch Miners’ Memorial dedicated to the 29 miners that lost their lives in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch Coal Mine in April of 2010. 
"The plaza and monument will include interpretive signage located around the site and a plaque dedicated to the courageous actions of the first responders and mine rescue teams. Etched on the back of the 48’ monument will be a brief history of coal in WV, a memorial to all fallen coal miners and a tribute to the makeshift memorial that stood for a year after the accident on that same spot. The memorial will be built in Whitesville, WV which is located about 5 miles from the site of the disaster and was ground zero for media and first responders in the hours immediately following the explosion. Completion of the memorial is expected this Spring.”

Above are renderings for the Upper Big Branch Miners’ Memorial dedicated to the 29 miners that lost their lives in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch Coal Mine in April of 2010.

"The plaza and monument will include interpretive signage located around the site and a plaque dedicated to the courageous actions of the first responders and mine rescue teams. Etched on the back of the 48’ monument will be a brief history of coal in WV, a memorial to all fallen coal miners and a tribute to the makeshift memorial that stood for a year after the accident on that same spot. The memorial will be built in Whitesville, WV which is located about 5 miles from the site of the disaster and was ground zero for media and first responders in the hours immediately following the explosion. Completion of the memorial is expected this Spring.”

Riverside Drive in Downtown Welch, West Virginia. Photo by Alan Johnston, Premier Photos

Riverside Drive in Downtown Welch, West Virginia. Photo by Alan Johnston, Premier Photos

There goes the neighborhood

December 18, 2011 

Bank foreclosures and abandonment are causing high home vacancy levels in neighborhoods across the country. Scott Pelley travels to Cleveland, a city that’s fighting back against blight.