A traveling barber makes house calls and friends

Feb 21, 2022
Tara Morgan roves Vashon Island to help customers look spiffy. Her business, C'Mon Barber, is the result of a midlife transition.
Courtesy: Tara Morgan

Roller-skating makes a comeback despite skate shortage

Aug 30, 2021
Most roller skates are made in overseas factories with backlogs. Interest in outdoor skating is taking customers from indoor rinks.
David Miles Jr., the self-described Godfather of Skate, has a good time in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.
Raquel Maria Dillon

London’s East End struggles inside the “COVID Triangle"

Feb 22, 2021
The East End's suffering in the pandemic is analogous to its experience during World War II's Blitz, stirring solidarity.
Communities in the East End have come together with a solidarity comparable to the Blitz spirit of World War II.
Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

My economy: Life as a liveaboard in Southwest D.C.

May 16, 2019
Darryl Madden’s life on a boat started as a simple solution for affordable housing. Now he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Darryl Madden, a full-time liveaboard boater, next to his 50-foot cruiser in Southwest D.C.
Robyn Edgar

Is a struggling California town a victim of its own charm?

Nov 23, 2018
An entity that buys land in Pescadero, California to preserve it as open space also effectively takes the land off the tax rolls
Pescadero, California, population around 1,700, is a popular tourist destination for wealthy Silicon Valley tech executives.
Scott Cohn/Marketplace

How all-day cafes are changing our lives

Feb 23, 2018
Welcome to a place where you can work, eat all three meals and feel extremely welcomed.

Things millennials love about the library

Aug 25, 2017
Millennials are making libraries cool again. A Pew Research Center study found that 53 percent of millennials in the U.S. had used their public library at least once in the year prior to the survey.
A library at a secondary school in London.
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How McDonald's serves as a refuge for local communities

Jul 27, 2017
For some, the fast food giant allows them to connect with others.
A 1955 Ford, left, and a 1955 Oldsmobile are parked in the lot of the McDonald's museum in Des Plaines, IL. 
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Communities, money and membership

How did a community affect your life? Have you paid to be a member of a club?

Your wallet: What's broken in your community?

Mar 6, 2015
Talk to us the way you might in a town hall.