"...how great it could still be.”
October 18, 2012 9:30 AM Subscribe
"Is she O.K.?" a customer asks.
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"My mom?" asks Kristy, the waitress.
"Yes," the customer replies.
Since Sunday, the front page of the New York Times has been featuring a portrait in five parts
of Elyria, Ohio (pop: 55,000), seen mostly through the lens of a local diner. (Second link is to a full multimedia feature, but direct links to the five individual articles can be found within.)
Part 1: Donna's Diner: At The Corner of Hope and Worry
Part 2: Elyrian Landscape: New Mayor, Big To-Do List
Part 3: Elyria Then, Elyria Now: After a Childhood Pouring Refills, Reaching Beyond the Past
Part 4: Never-Ending Conversation: In the Hard Fall of a Favorite Son, A Reminder of a City's Scars
Part 5: Resilient Reinvention: With a New Menu and a Makeover, A Promise to Keep Going
The author's article archive: Dan Barry
. His column
was the subject of a MeFi post in 2007. Elyria's official site
The Times Ombudsman weighs in
The “Donna’s Diner” articles, which have been featured on the front page since Sunday, are quiet, clear-eyed and thoughtful. They make no violent assertions. They merely offer a window into the way many Americans live today in parts of the country that get little attention, except as places where swing-state voters remain undecided. The stories offer that window through skillful storytelling about good people who are struggling to get by.
The series is, indisputably, very long. Its opening piece last Sunday was 4,000 words — beginning on the front page under an inviting headline, “At the Corner of Hope and Worry,” and continuing to two full pages inside.
I wondered, for a moment, if I had misunderstood. Five parts about a diner in Ohio? A total of almost 14,000 words?
A response from someone who grew up in the town: Where I Come From
How does the town feel about the profile
Poynter is hosting a live chat at 2pm ET today
with Dan Barry for a "behind-the-scenes look at the Elyria series."