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Inside Raleigh's North Person Street Neighborhood
Raleigh’s North Person Street runs right past the iconic Krispy Kreme (if the “Hot Now” neon sign is gleaming, pull over immediately and devour a glazed doughnut fresh off the conveyor belt). Blocks from the downtown capitol, a less buttoned-up Raleigh is cultivating its entrepreneurial spirit led by an expanding creative class. Lumping North Person Street into the adjacent Mordecai and Oakwood districts is easy for locals, but, if an official Snapchat geo-tagged filter is any indication, the neighborhood has become a coveted destination for visitors and residents alike. A growing food scene is literally sprouting seeds at Raleigh City Farm, next to a handful of restaurants, bars and cafes like Yellow Dog Bakery and coffee shop. Creative boutiques and longtime neighborhood staples (such as a beloved doctor’s office and a dependable auto body shop) round out the communal vibe. —Victoria Bouloubasis
Explore Seattle’s Revitalized Pioneer Square
Five years ago, few would have pegged Pioneer Square as Seattle’s next hot neighborhood. Until recently, the historical district—one of the city’s oldest, famously rebuilt over the ruins of the devastating “Great Fire” of 1889—was best known for its seediness and for the crowds of Mariners and Seahawks fans that swarmed its streets and pubs pre-game. Yet thanks to a handful of visionary chefs, retailers, and other entrepreneurs, as well as some major property investments (real estate company Weyerhauser’s new, high-design headquarters opened on Occidental Square this past fall), Pioneer Square has sprouted some of the city’s chicest new restaurants, bars, and shops. Cruise the length of 1st Avenue South to take the measure of this neighborhood’s vibrant revitalization. —Jaime Gillin
Inside Edgehill Village, Nashville’s Newest Artists' Enclave
Edgehill Village has long appealed to the college crowd, sitting as it does on the fringe of the Vanderbilt and Belmont University campuses and surrounded by the storied studios of Music Row. It’s also home to a few big, vintage masonry buildings dating back to the 1920s that lends the area a certain industrial charm, making it a destination for architecture and history buffs. But it wasn’t until the past few years that this pedestrian-friendly, primarily residential neighborhood also became a bastion in which creative entrepreneurs could thrive. Recent retail pioneers included trendy eyewear brand Warby Parker and a J. Crew Men’s Shop, but at its core, Edgehill Village still feels authentically Nashville and the smaller, independent shops here (both new and established) are what the neighborhood is all about. —Kristin Luna
Chicago’s Logan Square Experiences a Cultural Revival
Forever loved by Chicagoans for its wide, European-style boulevards lined with stately mansions Logan Square has transformed into a neighborhood filled with some of Chicago's best restaurants, boutiques and bars. Here you can park yourself on a sunny bench and log on to free wifi while all around you preservationists plant trees, bearded bar owners lock their bikes and set up shop for the evening, and farmers and florists deliver fresh produce to the dozens of innovative cafes, theaters, galleries, and families who call these few square blocks home.—Heidi Mitchell
Fried Pork Cutlet Sandwiches
D-Heartman • TokyoBreaded, deep-fried pork cutlets (tonkatsu) are wildly popular in Japan. The tangy, apple-and-tomato-based sauce that accompanies them—sometimes referred to as Japanese Worcestershire sauce—is also known as tonkatsu. Kikkoman makes a good version, which is available at Asian food stores and pacificeastwest.comMore Japanese Recipes