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January 4th, 2014
thesmithian

The term “Rust Belt”…exaggerates the physical decay and isolates the identity of many cities in static matter. Advocates, journalists and scholars have popularized the term…while perpetuating the emphasis on what makes these places frontiers of decline. Narratives of the Rust Belt are still focused on loss, rife with a cynical nostalgia and a nagging refusal to cast in with wealthier and less damaged cities. The singularity of the conditions of places like St. Louis and Detroit remains mythic fodder for would-be heroes of public policy, architectural design and public art. There are many Daniel Boones of the legacy cities.

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    Nicely put.
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    Is this picture in Youngsown OH?
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    yes! the individual who wants to sweep in and ~save~ shit but doesn’t understand the organic nature of the city in...
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