Newspaper editor Gene Roberts once noted, “Many important stories don’t break. They seep, trickle and ooze. Let’s be sure we are covering the ooze.”

Here’s some ooze: Local idiosyncrasy is in, uniformity is out. Locavores emphasize foods grown nearby. Microbreweries create locally crafted drinks. In politics, voters strike back against one-size-fits-all Obamacare. In skyscrapers and ballparks, postmodernist structures with nooks and crannies have replaced boxy buildings and cookie-cutter stadiums.
Breaking stories are easy to cover because they are action-oriented events at specific times and places. Ooze is harder because it requires juxtaposing changes that initially may not seem related. Here are seven:

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