The road to recovery begins in Youngstown, Ohio.
That was the take, at least, from Reuters reporter Nick Carey in a special report on national economic recovery.
“Today, the city immortalized by Bruce Springsteen’s 1995 Rust-Belt anthem ‘Youngstown’ is moving on,” Carey writes.
“Among other things, it has created an incubator to attract the types of small businesses that are expected to drive future growth. Despite the thousands of vacant homes that serve as reminders of a traumatic past and turbulent present, some business and civic leaders think this heartland city has a chance to lead the U.S. into its next era of prosperity.
“Getting to there from here, however, won’t be easy — for Youngstown, for Ohio, for the nation.”
There are two points I would like to make about this article. Feel free to chime in if you feel differently.
No. 1: I entirely agree with this writer. That’s why I think it’s important to save the Rust Belt. If America is to prosper in the future it will need to come to grips with a drastically different economic environment. No where is this battle more plain than in America’s industrial heartland.
Secondly, this is the third national article I’ve seen lately that seems to acknowledge that Youngstown is on the road to recovery, long after it was written off as a lost cause. This is encouraging news for any Rust Belt city.
If Youngstown can do this, any city can.