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A look at Akron’s fascinating history, its many contributions to American culture and where you can take a look into the past.

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Outdoor Gems: Exploring Northeast Ohio | Beaver Marsh

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words and photos by Anthony Boarman Everyone loves a comeback story. LeBron James returning to Northeast Ohio to bring the Cavaliers their first championship in franchise history. WWII veteran Louis Zamperini’s journey from Olympic stardom to Japanese prisoner... More »

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Grazing in the City

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by Lauren Collins   For the second consecutive summer, Perkins Stone Mansion is giving the public a chance to hang out with the dorset sheep from The Spicy Lamb Farm in Peninsula. Attendees will be captivated as they observe numerous sheep grazing about o... More »

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Where to find ‘The Next Akron’

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Ed. note: Mark gave this as a talk at the most recent PechaKucha Night in Akron. It’s not just an excellent example of the reason PK has become my favorite local event, but it perfectly sets the tone for this issue. We who love Akron and its people have ... More »

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Why Is It Called Brittain Road?

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words and photo by Amanda Sedlak-Hevener Brittain Road, spelled with two T’s in order to differentiate it from the country of Great Britain, runs from north to south between East Market Street and Howe Avenue, ending right near Chapel Hill Mall. As a result, i... More »

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The Urban Archaeologist: When Clay was King

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by Mark Schweitzer Most young people in Akron can’t imagine what it must have been like to live here when Akron really was “The Rubber City”—when Goodyear, Firestone, B.F. Goodrich and General Tire were rolling out tires 24/7, and an acrid soot settled daily o... More »

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Historical Akron: FirstMerit Tower

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by Katie Jackson As the brightest jewel of the Akron skyline, the FirstMerit Tower is easily identifiable from any downtown vantage point. Standing tall at a coincidental 330 feet, the Art-Deco style building was completed in 1931 by the architectural firm Wal... More »

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Historical Akron: Blimp City – The Goodyear Airdock

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by Katie Jackson A giant black slug on the horizon of Route 224 holds a mysterious history which is as essentially Akron as the hum that used to fill the sky from its former resident. The Goodyear Airdock was built in 1929 by Detroit architect Albert Kahn. Com... More »

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Dr. Bob, AA and the True Meaning of Anonymity

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Ed. NOTE: This story was originally published in the June 2016 issue of The Devil Strip Alcoholics Anonymous Celebrates 81 Years of Fellowship by Christina Dearing June’s arrival brings a new vibration into our city. Coming along for the ride once again is Fou... More »

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Akron Glossary

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What the hell is a devil strip? by Andrew Leask Are you a Northeast Ohio newbie? A lifelong local? Whether you’re a tried and true townie, or simply a passer-on-through, you may have noticed certain terms particular to the Akron argot. Akronite | ‘A-krə-nīt | ... More »

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Sportsballs: (Akron) Pros before Broncos

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How the Ak-Rowdy landed professional football’s first-ever world championship The truth sounds like someone’s weird dream. Almost 100 years ago, the city of Akron was home to a professional football team, which was a charter member of the same American Profess... More »