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What I wish I knew: If wunderkind Courtney Gras had a do-over…

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Courtney Gras is a graduate of the University of Akron and was recently named by Forbes Magazine as one of their “30 Under 30” and a “Top 40 Under 40 in Cleantech” by Midwest Energy and by Crain’s Cleveland as one of their “Twenty in their 20s.” She’s also the... More »

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Big Idea : Rooted Akron

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Name: Caitlin Boyle Occupation: Owner at Rooted Akron, Healing Arts Director at Big Love Network, Reiki Master Hometown: Born in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada; grew up in Huron, OH Current Neighborhood: North Hill Contact: rootedakron@gmail.com   Name: Kelly... More »

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How to repair a neighborhood

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by Scott Piepho Stephanie Leonardi lives in a difficult neighborhood. A few blocks to the west lies Summit Lake, once the center of area recreation, before years of industrial pollution befouled it and Interstate 76 bisected the neighborhood in the late 1950s.... More »

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The Corner Pocket

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When a neighborhood is a neighborhood unto itself words and photos by Mark Schweitzer The pocket neighborhood. If you’ve never lived in one, then you’ve probably never seen one, since they are often hard to find. Often hidden, and more often forgotten, these a... More »

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Sweet Mary, It’s Equal Pay Day!

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Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party, David Pepper and other leaders speak out in downtown Akron on pay equity for women and minorities words and photos by M. Sophie Hamad At 10 am this morning, one could barely squeeze between the people in Sweet Mary’s Bake... More »

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Dinner with Dan and the Fam

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Talking about the city’s past, present and future over a meal the mayor made words by Chris Horne, photos by Ilenia Pezzaniti This is a little weird, I finally realize. It’s one of those split-second thoughts that happens so fast it feels like instinct. You tr... More »

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#Akron2Columbus: On the road to making Akron great(est) again

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  Words by M. Sophie Hamad; Photos by Ilenia Pezzaniti Akron is already awesome. At least, we at The Devil Strip think so. The question is how to make a great place even better. TDS photographer Ilenia Pezzaniti and I set out to find out exactly that, along wi... More »

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Senator Bernie Sanders Feels the Big Love Akron Has to Offer

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‘The American people understand that based on the teachings of every religion—Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism—that love always trumps hate.’ words by M. Sophie Hamad, photos by Shane Wynn Akron is really feeling the Bern. And we’re not talking about sau... More »

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Akron Glossary

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What the hell is a devil strip? by Andrew Leask Are you a Northeast Ohio newbie? A lifelong local? Whether you’re a tried and true townie, or simply a passer-on-through, you may have noticed certain terms particular to the Akron argot. Akronite | ‘A-krə-nīt | ... More »