What Las Vegas Can Learn From the Rust Belt

What can Las Vegas learn from the Rust Belt? Quite a bit, according to this article in the Las Vegas Sun.

Not to toot our own horn, but this story references Rust Wire, and our own Angie Schmitt!

I thought this story was well-written, and made an interesting comparison: though many wouldn’t think of it this way, Las Vegas and Detroit are both one-industry towns – Vegas’ industry of course, being tourism.

The author definitely did his homework- and talked to a number of knowledgeable folks in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Boston and elsewhere.

I don’t really consider Boston to be in the Rust Belt, but still an interesting read.


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One response to “What Las Vegas Can Learn From the Rust Belt

  1. schmange

    I thought it was pretty good too. I was also surprised by the choice of Boston. Even Chicago or Baltimore would be better.

    He was awfully negative about Cleveland and awfully positive about Pittsburgh. It’s kind of funny because that conservative editorial did we wrote about a while ago did the opposite thing, they were positive about Cleveland and negative about Detroit.

    I guess it’s all a matter of perspective. But this is a big issue to take on in one article. Cities are extremely multi-faceted and their problems are complex. I don’t know if anyone really knows why Pittsburgh is suddenly rebounding and I don’t know if it’s any one thing, but I’m sure there will be a lot more theories about it as time goes on.

    One little complaint: how come when Cleveland cleans its river it’s not good enough but when Pittsburgh cleans its river it is?

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