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Manufacturing replaced by … a museum

My wife and I recently spent two nights in North Adams, an old industrial city in the northwestern corner of Massachusetts, at a lodging...

Tourists are coming back

The storyline goes something like this: Dislike and/or fear of President Donald Trump, tougher visa rules and border enforcement, and reports of hostility to...

Can parks, libraries heal wounds?

There’s this new park in Tulsa, Okla., and it’s amazing. I went on a weekday afternoon last month expecting calm and quiet and instead...

Freelancing’s fitful rise in the jobs landscape

I recently checked into a hotel on the outskirts of Lexington, Ky. I wanted to have dinner downtown but I had already driven for...

Why housing is tanking in Northeast

Sales of new single-family houses were down 13.2 percent in September from a year earlier, the Census Bureau reported recently. That’s a lot –...

Government work out of fashion

While overall U.S. nonfarm ­payroll employment went up by 201,000 in August, according to the Sept. 7 jobs report from the Bureau of Labor...

Don’t let sports make you miserable

I was meeting somebody for a drink after work recently but was running a little early, so I sat down on a bench in...

CEOs are working harder

What do CEOs do? They go to meetings, mainly. When not in meetings, they spend a lot of time on email.So, CEOs are just...

Smaller households, bigger houses

The average U.S. household is 24 percent (or 0.82 people) smaller than it was in the early 1960s. This downtrend has flattened out a...

Making stuff back in fashion

One of the most important economic changes in the United States over the past half-century has been the shift away from making goods to...
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