An Idea for a Better West Virginia

Creating a better future for Wheeling through a State Earned Income Tax Credit When you look around Wheeling, the signs of a collapsed steel industry and a community trying to rebound are all...

Where You Came From

  My heels clicked on the hardwood floor of my first apartment. After two weeks of crying myself to sleep with homesickness, I was finally starting to feel comfortable in this new city. Through the...

The Shape We Are In

Because of factors like the secession from Virginia, the Mason-Dixon line and winding rivers, some consider West Virginia to be the oddest shaped state in the Union.  Could this be another reason for others...

Soon As I Could: Call Me Crazy

I feel great about living in Elkins and West Virginia—most of the time.Sometimes, though, it can feel like there is a conspiracy to get us to doubt ourselves—to make us feel like we must be crazy for...

What is Placemaking?

Placemaking Theory Placemaking is a contemporary approach to the planning, design and management of our cities. Because the traditional approach requires city governments to handle this work, advocates...

Martinsburg’s Nameless

Its 8:30 pm and unusually warm for a November evening. I end up at Sheetz to grab a quick dinner because I’m too tired to cook. I walk inside and find the staff prepping for a busy night. Floors are being...

Yes Virginia There is a West Virginia

Feature image provided by West Virginia photographer Rebecca Kiger.  To see more of her work click here: Rebecca Kiger A mountaineer's conundrum If you are a West Virginia native and you have...