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Old 12-02-2015, 02:50 PM
Location: Columbus, OH/Long Island, NY
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Hello. This is a question that I've been wondering about since I moved here.
I know when I think of the Rust Belt, I think of the cities that border Lake Ontario and Lake Erie (Rochester, Buffalo, Cleveland, Toledo, and Detroit) plus Pittsburgh. All are of course, cities that have suffered from deindustrialization and urban decay. However, I've noticed people say Columbus is part of the Rust Belt as well because of its location, although I don't think it has a similar history to those other cities. Maybe I'm wrong. So I was just hoping to see some opinions from people with knowledge of the city. Is Columbus part of the Rust Belt? If so, how did it avoid the fate of the other Rust Belt cities?
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Old 12-02-2015, 03:16 PM
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Columbus really hasn't suffered the "Rust Belt" experience, although it lost significant manufacturing jobs. Its status as the state capital and a center of finance and retail industries insulated it from the worst of the problems. Columbus also has benefited from the presence of Ohio State and associated research institutions.


The central Ohio region (including the auto industries built around Marysville) also has benefited from the lower transportation costs, especially along the I-70 corridor, as Ohio and Indiana officials, especially Republicans in recent years, have jacked up tolls on the Ohio Turnpike, making the I-76/I-80/I-90 interstate corridor much less competitive for manufacturing industries.

Columbus and almost all of Ohio often is included in maps of the Rust Belt. Research and visit Springfield, OH, if you want to see a city truly ravaged by the ridiculous deindustrialization of the U.S.

Where Is the Rust Belt? | Belt Magazine | Dispatches From The Rust Belt

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Old 12-02-2015, 03:54 PM
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No it is not part of the Rust Belt!!!
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Old 12-02-2015, 05:00 PM
Location: Ohio, USA
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Columbus is alot more white collar than Cleveland and Pittsburgh are.
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Old 12-05-2015, 04:48 PM
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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Columbus was mainly a state Capitol and university town with some manufacturing, and not nearly as reliant on heavy industry as its Great Lakes neighbors. So it's Rust Belt only geographically, not by description.
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