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The American retail landscape is changing. The love affair with the enclosed shopping center peaked about a decade ago and has been waning as consumers seek out revitalized urban centers and mixed-use retail, office and residential developments.

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The Cincinnati, New Orleans and Texas Pacific Railway (CNO&TP) features 27 tunnels, many of which are abandoned. I set out to explore four of them.

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Slate Furnace

Kentucky’s oldest iron furnace helped win the War of 1812 down in New Orleans.

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Olympia Christian Church

Olympia, Kentucky is an interesting dot on the local map. Over a 10 minute period on March 3, 1876, a large portion of red meat began raining down over Olympia. Referred to as the Kentucky meat shower, the meat was identified as either venison or mutton. Samples that weren’t being quickly devoured by hogs and chicken were …

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Old Crow Distillery

On Set

Several weeks ago, while being filmed for a segment for Kentucky Life, I took the opportunity to walk around Old Crow Distillery.

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845 Monmouth Street

The corner of East 9th and Monmouth streets in historic downtown Newport, Kentucky is still sleepy. For now.

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Paris Tuberculosis Hospital

Ebola is the new tuberculosis.

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Ohio State Reformatory

Halloween is fast approaching and these four haunted tours in the Mid-Atlantic are sure to appease any wandering soul.

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Hazel Green Academy

Susan Orlean, of the New Yorker, once said that living in a rural region exposes the body and mind to marvelous things: the natural world, the “particular texture” of small-town life and the “exhilarating experience” of open space. It’s not difficult to argue that. Hazel Green Academy was located in a remote small town in the hills of …

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Cannel City Union Church

While the demise of rural life in many areas is overstated, there are many areas that are in long-term decline, brought about by sustained job losses and single-focus economies. In Cannel City, Kentucky’s case, it was coal and timber.

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