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In cities on the Great Lakes, water pipes are crumbling and poor people are paying the price | So Close, Yet So Costly | APM Reports
h/t Alexis Madrigal on infrastructure technical debt
Here she was, living a few miles from Lake Michigan, one of the largest sources of fresh water in the world, and she didn't have running water in her house. Without it, her daily life became a struggle. "I just said, 'Oh God, whatever I did, forgive me,'" Campbell said. "This was a lesson. I had my lights off before, my gas off. But water, I didn't realize how important water was until I didn't have it."

Campbell is a victim of a growing American water crisis. In cities across the country, the cost of water has spiked in recent years, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to perilously endure weeks or even months without an essential resource.

The crisis is especially acute where you would least expect it — the Great Lakes, the region of the country with the most abundant fresh water.
infrastructure  water  midwest  greatlakes 
14 days ago by madamim
Molson Coors to cut 500 jobs, move N. American HQ to Chicago - Chicago Tribune
Beer giant Molson Coors announced Wednesday that it will cut up to 500 jobs and move its North American headquarters from Denver to Chicago as part of a plan to rescue the business from falling sales.
this-week-464  Around-the-web  Matt  beverage-industry  chicago  denver  colorado  illinois  midwest  mountain-states  headquarters  site-selection  economic-development  jobs 
16 days ago by areadevelopment
RT : October 18, 1926: Chuck Berry is born in St. Louis, Missouri.
RockAndRoll  STLouis  Missouri  Midwest  from twitter
29 days ago by geomantic
Why Ilhan Omar Is the Optimist in the Room | The Nation
“Instead of drawing the attention toward herself and her agenda, she expands the spotlight to those around her. At her core, she’s still a community organizer, building networks across the microcommunities that make up Minneapolis.”

“She likes to listen. She asks questions. She spends more time passing the microphone than speaking into it. She cares about the details of policy, especially the ways they might affect vulnerable communities. She is a product of inclusive Midwestern politics, not the result of a localized identity politics.”

“Her model of politics as an extension of community organizing helps make people feel empowered to seek transformative change themselves.”

“There was no hierarchy in my home, there was no one really smarter than the next person. We could just interject as kids, and whatever adult was in that space would pause and say, ‘You have something to say? Finish your sentence.’ I think it allowed us to grow and feel internal liberation. And it allowed whoever was the leader, the adult in that room, to feel more secure in whatever decision or thought process they were going through, because it wasn’t solely their own.”

““I have a complete disdain for gatekeepers, and I try to keep them at a distance,” she said, adding that she has developed “a complete disregard” for “talking to the subcommunities as a voting bloc.””

“While she acknowledged that different groups encounter distinct barriers and threats, she insisted that “our core needs as humans” are universal and that universality should govern our politics.”

“She said she’s handling the pressure easily enough. Being Somali, she explained, has given her a thick skin because of her community’s habit of good-natured mockery. “I also grew up in a Somali culture, where we are extremely direct and are trained to not take much offense. I mean, 90 percent of our nicknames are based on our abilities or defects that we might have as humans. Somalis call me ‘half-life’ because I’m so tiny. The natural thing for a Somali person when they see me [is] to say, ‘What is happening to you? Why are you dying?’”

What does worry her, though, is that people who identify with her will feel the blow. “I know that if they say something about Muslims or immigrants or refugees, that there is a refugee or an immigrant or a Muslim person who sees themselves in me and who will take it personally.”

Meanwhile, Omar and her team keep working to find new audiences to educate and experts to elevate. She’s always the “optimist in the room,” she said. “I am the kind of person that really isn’t challenged by any circumstances. I will see an opportunity.””
ilhanomar  politics  organizing  2019  listening  hierarchy  gatekeepers  community  subcommunities  identitypolitics  identity  optimism  change  empowerment  minnesota  midwest  microcommunities  universality  parenting  horizontality  feminism 
4 weeks ago by robertogreco
2019 Best of the Midwest: Startup Cities Rankings
This is the third year we have ranked the tech ecosystems of 54 Midwest cities, and the overarching data continues to show the Midwest's broad growth in tech across the region. The biggest news of the past year seems to be that we welcomed the mega-rounds.
BAN  MGT621  MGT421  ecosystem  Rankings  ecosystems  midwest 
6 weeks ago by jeromekatz
In Michigan steel towns, tariffs meant to revive industry cost jobs - Reuters
Some steelworkers who cheered U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariffs on foreign steel last year are now being laid off, an unintended consequence of his America First policy as United States Steel Corp reacts to sagging demand from automakers reeling from higher steel prices.
steel-industry  tariffs  trade-policy  midwest  regional-reports  Around-the-web  this-week-461  business-globalization 
6 weeks ago by areadevelopment
American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) Folk Arts and Cultures in the Upper Midwest
Supports Scandinavian folk arts and cultural traditions in the Upper Midwest (defined as North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan). Fellowships for artists will:Deepen the skills of master artists and/or Foster relationships among masters and their apprentices.
Folk  Craft  Midwest  Scandanavia  grant  training  Traditions  alumni 
9 weeks ago by risdgrants
Where is ‘the Midwest’? Here’s What You Told Us. - CityLab
We surveyed more than 12,000 people (and counting) about the most contentious border question in the U.S. to reveal the true geography of America’s midsection.
this-week-459  Around-the-web  Matt  midwest  workforce 
10 weeks ago by areadevelopment
Missouri, Kansas governors agree to end economic border war - The Kansas City Star
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Tuesday celebrated what they said is an end to the longstanding economic border war and pledged to usher in a new era of cooperation between the two states, whose rivalry spans more than a century.
this-week-458  Around-the-web  Matt  Kansas  missouri  midwest  plains  plains-states  economic-development  site-selection  taxes-incentives 
12 weeks ago by areadevelopment

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