Sometimes, terrible urban planning decisions yield unexpected benefits. Take, for instance, the construction of I-75 in Cincinnati, in the late 1950s. While the highway bypassed once prosperous and popular West Side neighborhoods such as Cheviot, Westwood, and Price Hill, it also preserved parts as virtual time capsules, protecting the sorts of old-school pizzerias, steakhouses, diners, and other neighborhood joints that have all but disappeared in other parts of Cincinnati.
“Midwesterner has been a wonderful addition to my weekly reading! As a lover of history and cooking both, I appreciate the way it’s brought so many little-known stories about Midwestern food out to where the rest of the world can appreciate the diversity and deliciousness of our region.”
—Ari Weinzweig, co-owner and founding partner, Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, Ann Arbor, Michigan