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"I Don't Give a (Bleep) About Akron!"

"I Don't Give a (Bleep) About Akron!"

Akron, Ohio’s subsidies for redevelopment of the failed Rolling Acres mall are a textbook case of the sunk cost fallacy: the tendency to examine new opportunities not on their own merit, but in the context of past investments.

What a Difference $1,000 Makes: Part One

What a Difference $1,000 Makes: Part One

When the housing market is depressed and you can’t get a return on your investment, there is little incentive to put any money into improvements. It’s a vicious cycle that several Akron nonprofits are trying to break.

Harvesting Hope In Akron

Harvesting Hope In Akron

To visit the Hapi Fresh Farmer’s Market in Akron, Ohio, is to see the beginning of a journey. Seeds have been planted to draw in more residents, more businesses, and to nurture a return to prosperity for the neighborhood.

The Psychology of Decline

The Psychology of Decline

For a struggling city, negative perceptions from with the community can send it into a spiral of decline. It takes a major shift in perspective to get the city back on track.

New Life for an Old Church

New Life for an Old Church

A neglected church building in Akron, Ohio has been transformed into a hub for nonprofits, innovation and community.

Pick a focus. Get to work.

Pick a focus. Get to work.

How can city governments and neighborhood groups work together effectively to make their town stronger?