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Old 07-09-2007, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska (moving to Ohio)
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I was wondering will Ohio, Indiana and Michigan ever get their act together economically?

These states seem to be an economic free-fall, I was looking over the Bureau of Economic Statistics from May 2007 and its amazing year over year how few metropolitan are gaining jobs and those that are gaining very few and mostly less then one 1/2 percent job growth for the lucky ones.

Some of the ones such Flint, Dayton, Cleveland seem to be in economic free-fall just an economic free-fall and the latest census figures show population free-fall also.

While I think Dayton will likely become more stable over the next decade, do to Cincinnati which is doing well by regional standards and has one of the best infrastrastructure's in the nation. Also, Dayton seems to be trying to be innovative and have good location and is extra affordable/low housing value even by south-western Ohio standards.

On the other side Cleveland and Flint is there any end to this escalating economic and population decline the region is facing?

Anyway, Ohio and Michigan have some positives: They are very, very affordable; great infrastructure; still lots of cultural amenities; lots of large metropolitan areas with-in close distances; Ohio and Indiana have rather cheap energy; Also Michigan has Ann Arbor (University of Michigan) and Ohio has Columbus (Ohio State University).
Indiana seems to be slightly more stable but has its economically depressed areas, luckily Indianapolis seems to be almost sun-beltish economic growth wise compared to Ohio and Michigan. Even though I am not a fan of Indianapolis it seems to be doing something right economically.
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Old 07-09-2007, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Sooner or later they will rebound, its bound to happen. I have high hopes for those regions, theyre lovely, minus the job aspect.
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Old 07-09-2007, 04:35 PM
 
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Flint's rebound will be what Wall Street calls the "dead cat bounce." Flint is gone and will never come back. The Midwest, and the rest of Michigan, will comeback eventually for the reason that all the great needs of life that sent explorers this way two hundred years ago will become quite obvious to the Lewis and Clark's of the twenty-first century. All the free space, natural beauty and wild life, fresh water, green grass and trees, everything that is going to cost a million bucks to some oily faced condo developer in the South, is going to be on the market for anyone who has more moxie than money.
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Old 07-09-2007, 04:38 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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Missouri and Illinois aren't doing a whole lot better than these states either. The whole Midwest needs to get over the rustbelt and move on cause we are letting the South walk all over us right now.
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Old 07-09-2007, 06:22 PM
 
Location: dayton
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all dayton,ohio needs is a new mayor that can get dayton's act together
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Old 07-09-2007, 06:45 PM
 
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I think that as the east coat gets more and more crowded and expensive (look at all of the people moving to North Carolina and Tn.!!!!) people are going to have no place to go but inland. I think population declines will continue in these areas for another 25 years, and then, once many people have been outpriced out of the eastern U.S,explosive growth will begin in Southern Ohio, and spread northward as the economy in the region suddenly booms. It's already happening on the west coast, with people moving into places like Utah and Idaho. The east coast will still grow, but mostly due to immigration, and I believe many Americans will move into the region, just as what happened in Florida over the past few years, except certainly without the promise of sunshine!!!
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Old 07-09-2007, 07:56 PM
 
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I also think that in the meanwhile, the midwest needs legal immigration to keep the economy moving.
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Old 07-09-2007, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Sooner or later they will rebound, its bound to happen. I have high hopes for those regions, theyre lovely, minus the job aspect.
I can't think of one thing that is lovely about Indiana. Michigan and Ohio have a lot to offer but Indiana just seems like a bad place all around.
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Old 07-09-2007, 09:28 PM
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I've never been a huge fan of Indiana, but the Dunes are quite nice. I've been there many times throughout the course of my life and quite like them.
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Old 07-09-2007, 09:55 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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There is quite a lot of nice country in Indiana. Southern Indiana is hilly and wooded. There is Amish country in NE IN. The dunes are cool. Central IN is flat and planted in corn and soybeans.
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