How to Start Over in a New City: 6 Lessons I Learned the Hard Way
"I loved the honesty and very usable tips. It's a perfect guide for anyone moving to a new place and trying to figure out how to fit in!" - Kim Holmberg, Chief Operating Officer
6 Indisputable Reasons 'Stranger Things' Is Actually Set in Tennessee
"Admittedly I wrote this story, but it combined my two great loves: TV and my home state of Tennessee. I went to college in Knoxville, near Oak Ridge, and it is such an awesome city. The similarities between the show and East Tennessee are undeniable and doing research for this one was really fun." - Cara Sanders, Digital Engagement Manager
Why I Love My City: A Q&A with OLA! from Werner's Trading Company in Cullman, AL
"I enjoyed assigning one of our favorite writers an interview with a dog! I loved how this turned out because it shows so much of Cullman's personality through the "voice" of a beloved local 'celebrity'." - Lisa Battles, VP/Community Editor
This Is Milwaukee: A City on the Rise Gets Real
"I greatly respected how a community was brutally honest in acknowledging its problems head on. Winona did an amazing job conveying why community leaders were 'owning their flaws." - Bill McMeekin, VP/Business Editor
The Hidden Alley That Houses a Secret Neon Museum
"I worked in Pueblo for years and loved this part of town and remember seeing all the neon lights. I actually used to meet with the Konciljia Law Firm and remember all the unique pieces they had inside the office as well. The article brought me back to the good ole days in Pueblo!" - Jordan Moore, Executive VP/Sales
It seemed unfair to make our fearless leader, Winona, narrow it down to just one story. So here are the top three picks from our editor-in-chief:
9 Cheese Experiences You Need to Have in Wisconsin
"How could I not love a story about experiencing Wisconsin through cheese, especially when it taught me the meaning of the phrase, "cheese orphan?"
We Asked 10 Creative People Who Left LA What Their Lives (And Rents) are Like Now
"This article, in which we interviewed 10 creative people who left LA for smaller cities, has everything I love about Livability content: honesty, curiosity, rent price voyeurism, and confirmation that you don't have to live in a big, expensive city to live a big, exciting, creative life."
13 Questions About Living in Iowa, Answered By a Brutally Honest Iowan
"There were many stories and one-liners this year that made me laugh, but this hilarious, brutally honest takedown of Midwestern stereotypes is the only one that made me GUFFAW. So good."