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American Futures: Eastport's big bet on global trade (plus, a quiz!)

Oct 25, 2013
In the town of Eastport, Maine, a gamble on natural resources could revive a flailing economy.
Posted In: american futures, eastport

American Futures: Welcome to Eastport, Maine

Oct 24, 2013
For our American Futures series, Kai & co. head to the easternmost city in the U.S.
Posted In: american futures, eastport

Washington brinkmanship aside, the real U.S. economy doesn't look too bad

Oct 9, 2013
In his travels for The Atlantic and Marketplace's American Futures project, Jim Fallows says the American economy in small cities and towns is doing all right.
Posted In: Sioux Falls, Burlington, Michigan

Burlington, Vermont: Land of ice cream, skiing, and ... tech?

Sep 25, 2013
The Atlantic's Jim Fallows and his wife Deb stop next in Burlington, Vt., to explore the city's thriving tech industry.
Posted In: Burlington, Vermont, NRG, Heady Topper, Ben & Jerry's

A Burlington, Vt. quiz! Hint: the coat factory isn't from here

Sep 25, 2013
American Futures flies into Burlington, Vt., this week. How much do you know about this American town?
Posted In: Burlington, Vermont

The real sound of Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls sounds like -- the falls of the Big Sioux River (for which the city was named.)

It also sounds like “Welcome to Sioux Falls” in over 60 different languages spoken by the refugee populations that have settled in the city.

It sounds like construction that is impossible escape – a sign of the city’s continued growth. And hey, they don’t start until 6:30 a.m.

Throughout the day in the distance, you can hear the trains of Sioux Falls – several lines came through the town and helped make it a hub for the region in the late 1800s.

It’s not hard to find a “casino” –where video slot machines merrily ring along.

And if you catch her at the right time, grand ole’ dame of Sioux Falls, Sylvia Henkin, will sing the Sioux Falls Song, commissioned by her husband decades ago. The lyrics perfectly predict the town’s continued growth (and show off Sylvia’s charming singing voice).


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Sep 6, 2013

Lots of growth on the prairie

Sep 6, 2013
From credit cards to coffee shops, Sioux Falls, S.D., has a seemingly unending legacy of growth.
Posted In: Sioux Falls, Unemployment, Jobs

The grand ol' dame of Sioux Falls

Sep 6, 2013
Sylvia Henkin, 92, moved to Sioux Falls in 1944 and she and her husband helped build one of the city's major radio stations.
Posted In: Sioux Falls

Farming that puts Google maps to shame

Sep 5, 2013
Technology that comes from a company in Sioux Falls is helping farmers do more with less in a high-tech way.
Posted In: farming, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, technology

A taste of Sioux Falls

In this American Futures project,we're trying to give you a taste of how the American economy really works. And a taste is definitely what I got in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Here's what my Sioux Falls diet (if you wanna call it that) looked like:

  • Two egg breakfast sandwiches via Grand Prairie Foods (they come in packs of two).
  • Bhutanese dumplings shared with me by the refugee family that made them.
  • A sea salt caramel macaron from C.H. Patisserie, the fancy new dessert shop downtown.
  • Cappuccino at Coffea in downtown Sioux Falls (one block down from C.H. Patisserie, in fact). It was opening day for the cafe and yes, there was a line.
  • All those foods -- they tell you a lot about Sioux Falls. Where's it's been and where it's going. And I'll tell you what -- it's pretty tasty too.

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Sep 5, 2013

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