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Detroit’s DIY Cure for Urban Blight

detroitRecovering from bankruptcy, the city created the country’s largest land bank to transform a surplus of abandoned properties into livable, tax-paying homes.

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The Detroit Success Story Visible From Space: Broke and going dark, the city figured out a way to pay for tens of thousands of new, brighter streetlights.

 

Why the Colonies’ Most Galvanizing Patriot Never Became a Founding Father

jamesotisjr_by_blackburn-wrJames Otis, Jr.’s words whipped anti-British sentiment into a frenzy—so why isn’t he better remembered now?

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George Washington’s Congress Got Off to an Embarrassing Start

new_york_city_hall_1789bThe new federal government was plagued with absences and excuses—until James Madison helped kick things into gear.

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The Prussian Nobleman Who Helped Save the American Revolution

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When American troops faltered, Baron von Steuben helped whip them into shape.

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How a Sewer Will Save St. Louis

downloadThe Gateway City is building a massive tunnel system to capture billions of gallons of polluted storm water before it reaches the Mississippi.

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Why Teddy Roosevelt Tried to Bully His Way Onto the WWI Battlefield

gettyimages-487956465.jpg__800x600_q85_cropTensions ran high when President Wilson quashed the return of the former president’s Rough Riders.

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How Woodrow Wilson’s War Speech to Congress Changed Him – and the Nation

dyeh7k.jpg__800x600_q85_cropIn 70 days in 1917, President Wilson converted from peace advocate to war president.

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