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Gentrification or Revitalization? Investment on the West Side a ‘Litmus Test’ for Inclusive Economic Development

Depending on who you ask, the development of the Elk City district on the West Side of Charleston, West Virginia, is either “gentrification” or “revitalization” – though some will say both.  Karen Williams, a lifelong Charleston resident who grew up on the West Side, says the transition from homes and […]

Federal COVID Money Could Help Solve One Largely Black Community’s Complex Problems. W.Va. Leaders Invested it Elsewhere.

Karen Williams’ father, Charles Price, was the first Black graduate of West Virginia University’s College of Law, one of two land grant institutions in the state. His office once sat on Court Street, in Charleston, West Virginia’s Triangle District. As a child during the civil rights struggles of the 1950s […]

Gentrification or Revitalization? Investment on the West Side a ‘Litmus Test’ for Inclusive Economic Development

Depending on who you ask, the development of the Elk City district on the West Side of Charleston, West Virginia, is either “gentrification” or “revitalization” – though some will say both.  Karen Williams, a lifelong Charleston resident who grew up on the West Side, says the transition from homes and […]

Federal COVID Money Could Help Solve One Largely Black Community’s Complex Problems. W.Va. Leaders Invested it Elsewhere.

Karen Williams’ father, Charles Price, was the first Black graduate of West Virginia University’s College of Law, one of two land grant institutions in the state. His office once sat on Court Street, in Charleston, West Virginia’s Triangle District. As a child during the civil rights struggles of the 1950s […]

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Gentrification or Revitalization? Investment on the West Side a ‘Litmus Test’ for Inclusive Economic Development

Depending on who you ask, the development of the Elk City district on the West Side of Charleston, West Virginia, is either “gentrification” or “revitalization” – though some will say both.  Karen Williams, a lifelong Charleston resident who grew up on the West Side, says the transition from homes and […]

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Gentrification or Revitalization? Investment on the West Side a ‘Litmus Test’ for Inclusive Economic Development

Depending on who you ask, the development of the Elk City district on the West Side of Charleston, West Virginia, is either “gentrification” or “revitalization” – though some will say both.  Karen Williams, a lifelong Charleston resident who grew up on the West Side, says the transition from homes and […]

Federal COVID Money Could Help Solve One Largely Black Community’s Complex Problems. W.Va. Leaders Invested it Elsewhere.

Karen Williams’ father, Charles Price, was the first Black graduate of West Virginia University’s College of Law, one of two land grant institutions in the state. His office once sat on Court Street, in Charleston, West Virginia’s Triangle District. As a child during the civil rights struggles of the 1950s […]

Appalachian Virginia Needs Workers. This Program Is Trying to Bring Them In.

Appalachian Virginia has a workforce problem. “We constantly hear [companies say], ‘We’re advertising positions, but we can’t find people to fill them,’” said Evan Feinman. He serves as executive director for the Virginia Tobacco Commission. “It’s often hard to find qualified folks in struggling counties.”  Virginia’s Tobacco Commission, launched in […]

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Health

Medication and Recovery: Doctors Say Access to Critical Addiction Care is Difficult in Appalachia

Recovery from addiction is possible. For help, please call the free and confidential treatment referral hotline (1-800-662-HELP) or visit findtreatment.gov. Matt Carroll has stories to tell – stories he’s not proud of but shares for a purpose. After years of living with substance use disorder and through multiple incarcerations associated […]

As COVID Strained Appalachian Campus Mental Health Services, This Kentucky University Struggled to Keep Up. Some Students Say It Didn’t.

At Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky, Martin, a junior who does not wish to be identified by last name, had an initial assessment done with the on-campus counseling center in the spring of 2019. That was before quarantine began, before students were shuffled off campus to slow the spread […]

Environment

W.Va. Lawmakers Remain Desperate to Prop Up the Dying Coal Industry. Residents are Paying the Cost With Higher Electric Bills.

This story was originally published by Mountain State Spotlight. For more stories from Mountain State Spotlight, visit www.mountainstatespotlight.org. In response to pressure from utilities and consumer advocates, West Virginia lawmakers have watered down a bill originally designed to make it difficult — if not impossible — for utilities to shut down the […]

Commentary: New Uses For Former Mine Lands Stop at Economic Potential, But Appalachian Species Are Thriving on Rehabilitated Sites

“Hey! We’ve got something!” There’s excitement in the college student’s voice as they call me to an overturned log in the forest where we’re spending the afternoon. Instead of our usual menu of field trips to off-campus nature preserves and parks across southwest Virginia, COVID-19 has forced my Vertebrate Zoology […]

AppHarvest Promotes New Ag Methods in Appalachia

A start-up, backed by nearly half-billion-dollar investment, seeks to create living wages and sustainable agricultural practices in the region. Some worry about the impact on traditional farmers and others about the source of the funding. AppHarvest, the brainchild of Jonathan Webb, son of Corbin, Kentucky, hopes to deliver indoor, large-scale […]

Federal Regulators Are Rewriting Environmental Rules So a Massive Pipeline Can Be Built Across West Virginia

This story was originally co-published by Mountain State Spotlight, a nonprofit newsroom covering West Virginia, and ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Last month, a federal appeals court blocked one of the key permits for construction of a massive natural gas pipeline that cuts through West Virginia and that […]

Religion

Political Conflicts Are Escalating in Sanctuaries of Southwestern PA Churches. Can They Heal?

Racism, abortion, same-sex unions, mask-wearing, vaccines. Churches could be sites of dialogue, pastors say. Now, they’re more polarized than ever. Rev. Jeff Leake, lead pastor of Allison Park Church, a multi-campus worship community just north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, posted about his first COVID shot on Instagram.  He meant his photo […]

Christians Are Politically Divided. Two Pittsburgh Seminaries Explain How They’re Readying Pastors for the Minefield.

In the part of Appalachia near Pittsburgh, new pastors could have widely different experiences. They might be called to churches in the inner city or rural towns. They might serve 200-year-old legacy churches or start-up congregations. Their congregations may be active in the Black Lives Matter movement or participate in […]

COVID-19 Has Changed How Muslims In W.Va. Worship

COVID-19 has changed many aspects of worship for people of different faiths, including religious holidays. During Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, fasting and communal meals in the evenings normally mark many of the tradition. This year, things were different, as Muslims across the globe were unable to meet in person […]

Sports

The Evolving Culture of W.Va. River Guides

Just about any search on Google for “best white water rafting” includes West Virginia. Around 150,000 people commercially raft a West Virginia river each year, mostly on the New River and Gauley River, which are near Fayetteville, West Virginia. At one point there were just less than 30 rafting companies in the […]

Rural ‘Recreation Counties’ Show More Population Resilience

From 2010-16 nonmetropolitan America lost population. But counties that have recreation economies (hiking, whitewater, climbing, four-wheeling, etc.) grew slightly over the same period, according to a new report from Headwaters Economics. Rural counties with recreation-based economies are gaining population slightly while non-recreation rural counties are losing population, a new study finds.   Households moving to rural […]

Community

Journalism About Addiction Often Perpetuates Stigma. So, We’re Going to Fix It.

Recovery from addiction is possible. For help, please call the free and confidential treatment referral hotline (1-800-662-HELP) or visit findtreatment.gov. Over the past 20 years, every corner of our country has been experiencing an opioid epidemic. Tens of thousands of our neighbors, family members and friends have been taken from us. […]

Q&A: A Black Journalist Turned Community Organizer Shares the Lessons They’ve Learned on How to Make Our Coverage of Race Equitable, Not Extractive

Over the past few months, we’ve been presenting local and regional journalists with tips on how to cover a topic that at times can feel like it’s all encompassing: white supremacy. And as we’ve presented this help to journalists in undersourced newsrooms, we’ve tried to remind you that you must […]

National Media Are Platforming Domestic Extremists, Leaving Local Journalists to Deal with the Fall Out. Here’s How We Can Do Better.

Anyone who’s worked in local or regional newsrooms knows what it’s like to have a national news outlet publish irresponsibly inaccurate reporting on something happening in your community. At best, these reports result in additional work for local journalists who now have to push back against this top down misrepresentation. […]

Our Top 10 Stories of 2020

Headlines across the country were dominated this year by three issues: COVID-19, the Black Lives Matter movement and the 2020 presidential election. So too is the case for the digital pages of 100 Days in Appalachia. But in this list of our top 10 original stories of 2020, decided by […]

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100 Days in Appalachia and West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media seek a full-time Visiting Practitioner-in-residence for a position beginning in January 2020. 100 Days in Appalachia and West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media are seeking a unique candidate with an enthusiasm for exploring the journalistic and scholarly […]