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Boxed In: The Limits Of Rust Belt Airports

Pittsburgh - Source: allairports.net

The following list identifies 55 commercial aviation airports in the Rust Belt in order by land area (or footprint). Pittsburgh International is far and away the largest airport in the region and is one of the largest in the United States. The average size among these 55 airports is 2,613 acres, or just approximately 4.1 square miles.

For some of these cities, the small footprint of the local airport presents challenges for future growth and expansion. This problem is particularly acute for Erie, Chicago (Midway), and Harrisburg. Even some of the larger airports in the Rust Belt (by size and/or traffic) are hemmed in by development, including Minneapolis-St. Paul, Chicago (O’Hare), St. Louis, Columbus, Cleveland, and Rochester, NY. As the aviation industry changes, these site limitations could result in the need for pursuing expensive options to remain competitive, such as land acquisition or construction of a new airport on a greenfield site or perhaps at a former military base.
  1. Pittsburgh – 12,900 acres
  2. Indianapolis – 7,700 acres
  3. Chicago (O’Hare) – 7,627 acres
  4. Cincinnati – 7,000 acres
  5. Detroit (Metro) – 6,400 acres
  6. Dayton (Cox) – 4,200 acres
  7. Peoria – 3,800 acres
  8. Madison (Truax) – 3,500 acres
  9. Fort Wayne – 3,351 acres
  10. Cedar Rapids (Eastern Iowa) – 3,288 acres
  11. Saginaw (MBS) – 3,200 acres
  12. Baltimore (BWI) – 3,160 acres
  13. Grand Rapids (Ford) – 3,127 acres
  14. Duluth – 3,020 acres
  15. Minneapolis-St. Paul – 2,930 acres
  16. Rockford-Chicago – 2,900 acres
  17. St. Louis (Lambert) – 2,800 acres
  18. Allentown (Lehigh Valley) – 2,629 acres
  19. Des Moines – 2,625 acres
  20. Waterloo-Cedar Falls – 2,583 acres
  21. Sioux City – 2,460 acres
  22. Green Bay (Straubel) – 2,441 acres
  23. Hartford (Bradley) – 2,432 acres
  24. Toledo (Express) – 2,345 acres
  25. Akron-Canton – 2,300 acres
  26. Springfield (Lincoln) – 2,300 acres
  27. South Bend – 2,200 acres
  28. Columbus, OH (Port Columbus) – 2,221 acres
  29. Milwaukee (Mitchell) – 2,180 acres
  30. Lansing, MI (Capital Region) – 2,160 acres
  31. Marquette (Sawyer) – 2,100 acres
  32. Quad City – 2,021 acres
  33. Syracuse (Hancock) – 2,000 acres
  34. Cleveland (Hopkins) – 1,900 acres
  35. St. Joseph, MO (Rosecrans) – 1,707 acres
  36. Appleton – 1.638 acres
  37. Flint (Bishop) 1,550 acres
  38. Terre Haute (Hulman) – 1,475 acres
  39. Youngstown-Warren – 1,468 acres
  40. La Crosse – 1,380 acres
  41. Huntington, WV (Tri-State) – 1,300 acres
  42. Evansville – 1,250 acres
  43. Dubuque – 1,240 acres
  44. Binghamton – 1,199 acres
  45. Rochester, NY – 1,136 acres
  46. Providence (TF Green) – 1,111 acres
  47. Traverse City (Cherry Capital) – 1,026 acres
  48. Albany – 1,000 acres
  49. Buffalo-Niagara – 1,000 acres
  50. Burlington, VT – 942 acres
  51. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton – 905 acres
  52. Charleston (Yeager) – 787 acres
  53. Harrisburg – 680 acres
  54. Chicago (Midway) – 650 acres
  55. Erie (Tom Ridge) – 450 acres
Rick Brown

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2012 Economic Study has Good News for Rust Belt Metros

According to the report “100 Leading Locations for 2012” by Area Development Online, 34 metropolitan areas of the Rust Belt made the Top 100, including the pre-eminent architectural showplace of Columbus, Indiana which was ranked number one.

Below is a list of those Rust Belt metropolitan areas that made the Top 100 in 2012. Congratulations to each of them, especially Columbus, Indiana.

Source: columbusartfest.com

1. Columbus, Indiana

9. Morgantown, West Virginia

12. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

16. Dubuque, Iowa

17. State College, Pennsylvania

20. Trenton-Ewing, New Jersey

24. Holland-Grand Haven, Michigan

29. Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Iowa

30. Ames, Iowa

33. Baltimore, Maryland

34. Williamsport, Pennsylvania

37. Sandusky, Ohio

38. Ann Arbor, Michigan

48. Columbus, Ohio

49. Buffalo-Niagara Falls, New York

51. Fort Wayne, Indiana

53. Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York

57. Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Michigan

59. Oshkosh-Neenah, Wisconsin

61. Eau Claire, Wisconsin

63. Des Moines, Iowa

66. Rochester, Minnesota

70. Toledo, Ohio

77. Duluth-Superior, Minnesota-Wisconsin

78. Peoria, Illinois

83. Cumberland, Maryland-West Virginia

84. Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pennsylvania-New Jersey

85. Twin Cities, Minnesota-Wisconsin

88. Appleton, Wisconsin

90. Iowa City, Iowa

91. Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana

95. La Crosse, Wisconsin-Minnesota

96. Greater Lansing, Michigan

98. Bay City, Michigan

– Rick Brown

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Grand Rapids' Art-Economic Development Coup

I had my first opportunity to attend ArtPrize in Grand Rapids last Saturday. My oh my, have they ever hit upon a huge economic development success. Touted as the world’s largest open art competition, covering more than three square miles in the city’s central business district, ArtPrize is simply mind-boggling, inspiring, amazing, and entertaining all at the same time.

Source: mlive.com







All told, in 2102, you could see 1,517 entries (from 45 states and 56 countries) on display at 161 venues by walking the entire nine mile trail. It is quite amazing. ArtPrize offers a grand prize of $200,000

and total prizes of $560,000.

Source: flickr.com





Last Saturday was a beautiful autumn day in Grand Rapids and as a result, a huge crowd showed up for ArtPrize. Thousands upon thousands came from all over the State of Michigan and literally all over viagra natural the world. Any downtown business that was not open was very short-sighted, because most were packed well into the evening.

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According to a report entitled, The Economic Impact of ArtPrize 2011, by Anderson Economic Group, more than 322,000 people attended the free 19 day event in 2011 (its third year of existence) and spent more than $10 million (or approx. $30.50 per spectator). Another nearly $2 million was spent by organizers and the artists themselves. This does not even begin https://twitter.com/drjonesbilly to figure in the intangible benefits such as positive press, word of mouth, prestige for the city/region, etc.







Personally, I had viagra free trial a tremendous time and saw some awe-inspiring pieces of art of every artistic genre imaginable. Thankfully, my date had a number of key locations and exhibits scouted ahead of time. My favorite was entitled “Birds” which is depicted earlier in this post.







By the way, did I note how cialis super active impressed I was with both downtown and frankly the entire city of Grand Rapids. There is a whole lot of economic and cultural vibe going on here. Watch out Indianapolis, Columbus, Twin Cities, and Madison, for Grand Rapids is rising fast and nipping at your heels. Very, very impressive! My kudos to the entire city and its citizens.

Rick Brown

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Where Did Your Neighbors Go? Click and Find Out!

Our readers know we love to beat up on Forbes magazine for their frequent lists of dead/ dying/ shrinking/ etc. cities.

But let me give credit where credit is due…this is a really interesting and cool interactive graphic that uses IRS data to show migration within the US, sorted by county. Good job on this one, Forbes!

Click on a county to see inward and outward migration and where residents moved to/ or from. I could spend a long time playing with this.

Thanks to a frequent Rust Wire reader, my Dad, for pointing this out to me.


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Putting St. Louis on the creative map

Read about the efforts of young St. Louisans (St. Louis-ites? STLers?) to bring more brain and creative power to their city.

Rust Wire readers will see at least two familiar names in this story– that of Jeff and Randy Vines, frequent contributors to this site! Keep up the good work guys!



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Cleveland’s Land Use Metamorphosis

Next American City is carrying a very interesting story about Cleveland’s battle to return vacant land to productive use.

A collection of foundations, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and private citizens are collaborating to return agriculture to the city. What’s unique about Cleveland’s efforts, however, is the level or coordination and the overarching vision for a greener, more cohesive neighborhoods, according to the article.

The process has been dubbed, Reimagining a More Sustainable Cleveland and it has the support of the mayor, the state government and a handfull of well endowed foundations.

“We’re talking about pushing people together into dense urban nodes,” said Terry Schwarz, interim director of the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. “We’re coming up with a way of managing the landscape enough so it looks like an intentional wildlife corridor. It makes the spot where development occurs obvious.”

Cleveland Urban Farmer Maurice Small owns a small farm in Tremont. Photo via Plain Dealer, www.cleveland.com.

Cleveland Urban Farmer Maurice Small owns a small farm in Tremont. Photo via Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com.



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Original Documentary: A Dream of Youngstown

Rust Wire is very excited to share this newly released, original documentary by our own contributor, graduate student and photographer Sean Posey.

The past three decades have erased much of the city of Youngstown that
my father and grandfather knew: An area once known as ” the city of
homes” became known for widespread arson; a city once indelibly linked
with steel and manufacturing became known as the grave yard of the
American steel industry. Youngstown, much like Detroit, went from being
a symbol of the American dream to being a worst case example of the
“urban crisis” that has engulfed so many of this country’s inner

Yet, we should not overlook the fact that much has changed for good in
the Steel Valley. Corruption trials in the late 1990s broke the
decades long grip of organized crime in the area.
The downtown area, once a ghost town, has rebounded. Even the moribund
steel industry has added jobs with the recent expansion announcement
by V&M Star Steel.

This documentary looks at the individual stories and struggles of
Youngstown citizens who still believe in the city despite all that has
transpired. These are people still fighting the good fight in a town
once given up for dead. As we enter 2010, we should not forget the
tribulations of the past, nor the trials of the present; instead, let
us look to a future where both can inform the tough choices that will
have to be made so that future generations may be willing to call
Youngstown home.

-Sean Posey



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