You Can Always Go Downtown

According to the 2010 Census, for the first time in decades, metropolitan areas have grown all across the country. Between 2000 and 2010, there has been a huge increases in residents in and around downtown areas. Cities with a  population of more than 5 million saw a 13 percent growth rate of areas within two miles of city hall (where, for all intents and purposes, is the central downtown area of a city). The total metropolitan area population was at 258 million in 2010, and 16.1 million of these residents lived within 2 miles of the city hall. And 21 percent of America’s total metro population—54 million people—live within 4 miles of city hall.

All this data does not mean to conclude that people aren’t still moving into suburbs and away from metro areas. Some cities like New Orleans and Baltimore saw a decrease of up to 30% in there metropolitan populations.

But for now, and for the first time in a while, it seems like we’re moving back to central city. Hello urban renewal.

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Blazing the Bourbon Trail

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The art of making bourbon spans hundreds of years. And most of it comes out of Kentucky—95% of bourbon production to be exact. Bourbon wasn’t much of a player in the grand scheme of distilling until the last several decades with the emergence of premium brands. The state of Kentucky has directly reaped the benefits of this recent resurgence of bourbon. With the building of new distilleries and warehouses, there have been more jobs available, increased exports, and $338 million in additional tax revenue since 2008. The governor of Kentucky, Steve Beshear, stated that now, bourbon is more than a drink; it’s a lifestyle, a culture for many people.

The Kentucky Bourbon Trail has seen a huge influx of people in the past several years too. This is a tour of six of Kentucky’s legendary bourbon distilleries. Here, where as they say, “the spirit leads you.”

Drink to a Gin Palace

One of Europe’s most luxurious hotels, The Langham, London hotel will team up with Sipsmith for the launch of the Sipsmith Gin Palace. Gin Palaces were popular gin joints in the 1800s, and this weekend, the hotel will transform the Palm Court—usually an afternoon tea room— into an opulent 19th century gin palace. There will be different cocktails to choose from; cocktails that represent over 300 years of gin distillery since its creation in 1690. And the ever-famous G&T will be featured like never before—from its creation in 1793 to a modern 2012 twist thanks to the creation of molecular mixology.

The Langham, London is rewinding history to the day it opened in 1865 to mark Sipsmith distillery’s opening in late 2009 and to celebrate that it’s the first copper distillery in London in over 200 years. gin and tonic

NY Fashion Week Recap: Rebecca Minkoff

By Ming Han Chung / Boom Photoworks / Follow My Story Photography

Ming Han Chung is a photographer that shoots for the love of sharing the tales that represent us all. Based in Atlanta and specializing in Fashion and Runway stories, Chung has travel the world looking for the shows that help drive the fashions we see everyday.

NY Fashion Week Recap: Rag & Bone

By Ming Han Chung / Boom Photoworks / Follow My Story Photography

Ming Han Chung is a photographer that shoots for the love of sharing the tales that represent us all. Based in Atlanta and specializing in Fashion and Runway stories, Chung has travel the world looking for the shows that help drive the fashions we see everyday.

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NY Fashion Week Recap: Jason Wu

By Ming Han Chung / Boom Photoworks / Follow My Story Photography

Ming Han Chung is a photographer that shoots for the love of sharing the tales that represent us all. Based in Atlanta and specializing in Fashion and Runway stories, Chung has travel the world looking for the shows that help drive the fashions we see everyday.

NY Fashion Week: Arise Magazine Presents African Icons

By Ming Han Chung / Boom Photoworks / Follow My Story Photography

Ming Han Chung is a photographer that shoots for the love of sharing the tales that represent us all. Based in Atlanta and specializing in Fashion and Runway stories, Chung has travel the world looking for the shows that help drive the fashions w see everyday.