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[27 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]
Pittsburgh Pics

Some great photos of the Steel City from my pal Estelle Tran at her new blog, Pixburgh N’at.

Recognize this spot in Oakland?

Another great street scene.

Love this one.

Make sure you read the sign.
Check more of ‘em out here.

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[10 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]
Follow Jen’s Rust Belt Ride

Painter and cyclist Jen Clausen is biking through the Rust Belt this month from her home in Madison, Wisconsin, to New York City.
Along, the way, she is painting what she sees every day.
Check out Rust Belt Ride to see what she has seen so far in Milwaukee and Chicago!
Thanks to Madison garden/ political blogger Linda Brazill for bringing this ride to our attention!

Architecture, Art, Featured, Regionalism, Rust Belt Blogs, The Big Urban Photography Project, The Media »

[1 Apr 2011 | One Comment | ]
Come to the opening of The Big Urban Photography Project’s first show

Rust Wire is proud to present The Big Urban Photography Project art show, featuring photographic interpretations of Rust Belt cities as seen through the eyes of their young residents. The show is the result of a multi-year collaborative media project that called on the region’s best documentary and fine arts photographers.
Over two years, we asked for open submissions of photography highlighting the unique blend of despair and hope in a number of cities. Dozens of amateur and professional photographers submitted images of Detroit, Youngstown, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Chicago, Grand …

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[3 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]

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Brain Drain, Economic Development, Editorial, Education, Headline, Rust Belt Blogs »

[24 Oct 2010 | 17 Comments | ]
Erie Expatriates Seeking Jobs…in South Korea

When I was an undergraduate headed to Canada for my freshman year, I remember trying to get a money order to pay for my visa application in advance of crossing the border. Standing at the counter in my credit union in Erie, PA, trying to persuade the clerk to make a money order out in Canadian dollars? I might as well have asked for Mauritian rupees. Before I left the credit union, half the staff had been called on deck to figure out how to perform such an exotic transaction. I shook my head at the apparent difficulty of using the currency of a country which, on a clear day, I could see from my bedroom window. Eventually getting what I’d come for, I left the credit union in disbelief of my hometown’s provincial ways, and made for the border.

Architecture, Headline, Rust Belt Blogs, Urban Planning »

[19 Oct 2010 | One Comment | ]
“The Culture of Destruction” and St. Louis

This nice thing about blogging is that sometimes, people say exactly what you have been thinking, only they say it much more beautifully than you ever could.

So I have to thank Dotage St. Louis for writing this sorrowful and balanced post on demolition–or more specifically one Rust Belt city’s complicated relationship with destruction.

The author, Matt M., starts with a comparison of Baltimore and St. Louis:

I got to thinking: how has Baltimore not torn out more of these rows and created park space or built new housing or just left them fallow, waiting for a time when investment would bring something new?

Headline, Real Estate, Rust Belt Blogs, Sprawl, Urban Planning »

[14 Oct 2010 | No Comment | ]
Watch Sprawl and Segregation Transform St. Louis

We’ve been writing a lot about sprawl and race relations lately. I think that is because these issues are tremendously important to the discussion of the current conditions in Rust Belt cities.

Well, I’ve got to thank UrbanSTL for pointing me to this illuminating interactive map that shows how white flight and sprawl transformed the metro area over the course of decades.

You have to visit this site to see it unfold. I think this really mirrors development over the past six decades for Cleveland, Detroit, Cincinnati, Youngstown, Buffalo and many other Rust Belt cities.

Notice how the application is called Mapping Decline.

Economic Development, Editorial, Good Ideas, Regionalism, Rust Belt Blogs, The Media, U.S. Auto Industry »

[27 Jul 2010 | No Comment | ]

I’m excited to see Changing Gears, an NPR project about “Remaking the Manufacturing Belt” is up and running. Changing Gears aims to “report on a major developing story–the transformation of the Upper Midwest’s industrial-based economy to a post-manufacturing one. This transition is a turning point in the American economy with economic, social, environmental and cultural implications,” its web site states.
I had heard some rumblings about this project awhile ago so I’m glad to see it is off to a good start.
The project is “a product of the …

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[15 Jul 2010 | No Comment | ]

Today, the Great Lakes Cities: Urban Laboratories conference kicks off in Cleveland. The program promises a mix of policy discussions, neighborhood tours of Cleveland and lots more.
Read what Bruce Fisher has to say about it in his column in Buffalo’s ArtVoice. He’s very enthused about “the hopeful, the engaged and the talented” who will convene in Cleveland. And he gives Rust Wire a shout out!

Economic Development, Featured, Good Ideas, Rust Belt Blogs, The Media »

[1 Jul 2010 | One Comment | ]
Detroit’s Honey Bee Market La Colmena

Next time you hear about Detroit having no national chain grocery stores, consider this post from Detroit blog Sweet Juniper. It highlights the city’s Honey Bee Market and its amazing food and people.
Here’s some of his description, “while Detroit may not have any national grocery chains, we do have more urban farms and gardens than any other city in America and we boast some of the best independent grocers around,” he writes.
“Honey Bee Market, so close to downtown, has become sort of the de facto supermarket for all types of …