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Old 11-28-2010, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Chicago =)
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Do you think, at some extent, that the Midwest is making a little comeback?
The Great Plains area (i.e. The Dakotas, Nebraska etc.) is in some sort of boom right now. Omaha, Nebraska was named a bright spot in the recession last year.

I understand that the Great Lakes region is hurting right now, but do you think the Midwest is making a little comeback in some areas?
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Old 11-28-2010, 08:11 PM
 
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What's the Midwest?
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Old 11-28-2010, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Comeback?

Did it go somewhere?
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Old 11-29-2010, 05:46 AM
 
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It's not like the Midwest ever crashed. There are select rust belt cities within the Midwest that hit hard times - but it always annoys me that people have this assumption that Midwest=Rust Belt.

The very well known cities within the midwest that went through hell from the 70's through mid 90's certainly never held a majority of the population of the Midwest. Even within those cities you have extremely hard hit central cities surrounded by growing and healthy suburbs for the most part. Normally those suburbs are something like 70-80% of the metro population.

I mean it's not like EVERYONE in the Detroit area lives within the hard hit neighborhoods in the city itself. 80% of the area lives in the suburbs.
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Old 11-29-2010, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Chicago =)
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It's not like the Midwest ever crashed. There are select rust belt cities within the Midwest that hit hard times - but it always annoys me that people have this assumption that Midwest=Rust Belt.

The very well known cities within the midwest that went through hell from the 70's through mid 90's certainly never held a majority of the population of the Midwest. Even within those cities you have extremely hard hit central cities surrounded by growing and healthy suburbs for the most part. Normally those suburbs are something like 70-80% of the metro population.

I mean it's not like EVERYONE in the Detroit area lives within the hard hit neighborhoods in the city itself. 80% of the area lives in the suburbs.
I understand that, but our region reached a low point just years ago. Chicago has some gang problems. Cleveland, Milwaukee, and Indianapolis had problems too. Although the part that did crash a little is the Great Lakes Area. We still have some of the highest unemployment rates in the country. But, I'm saying that, since the other states have shown some sort of economic growth that can be compared to other "boom states" that we are on our way to becoming a more desired region again.

Hope that clears things up for what I'm saying
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Old 11-29-2010, 07:07 PM
 
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^ well if you're talking about the Midwest as a whole - it reached what you could call a low point between around 1970 and 1990. From the 1990's through 2010's it's been much much healthier than the two decades before. The past two years are pretty harsh, but they've been fairly harsh everywhere.
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