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Old 01-22-2013, 07:43 AM
 
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Just curious what heavy industry remains in these big old cities. Obviously Boston and New York were industrial powerhouses at one time, but they are far-removed from the Rust Belt label that still lingers (albeit faintly) in East Coast giants like Philly and Baltimore. So are things still being manufactured in Boston and New York (specifically in the city proper-- I realize there are industrial satellite towns and suburbs that still have an active manufacturing base)? Washington, DC has always seemed like an anomaly compared to other big old cities in the region-- did or does DC have any heavy industry to speak of within the city limits?
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:50 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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DC has some very heavy producers of BS... highest yield per capita in the World I would think. Other than that, I think since it was designed around Gov't there would be very little if any sort of industry there.
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Old 01-22-2013, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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DC has some very heavy producers of BS... highest yield per capita in the World I would think. Other than that, I think since it was designed around Gov't there would be very little if any sort of industry there.
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Old 01-22-2013, 12:33 PM
 
Location: New York City
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Auto parts were still being manufactured in Queens up until a few years ago.

New York is now so associated with finance and media that people forget that it was once the premier industrial city in America. Most of the lofts and art galleries in Soho are Civil War era factories. The Brooklyn Navy Yard was once the largest industrial complex in the county.

Manufacturing still exists, but it's dwindling.
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:29 AM
 
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Auto parts were still being manufactured in Queens up until a few years ago.

New York is now so associated with finance and media that people forget that it was once the premier industrial city in America. Most of the lofts and art galleries in Soho are Civil War era factories. The Brooklyn Navy Yard was once the largest industrial complex in the county.

Manufacturing still exists, but it's dwindling.
Thanks!

I know the textile industry was big in Boston, but I imagine that entire industry has been outsourced.
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:53 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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Auto parts were still being manufactured in Queens up until a few years ago.

New York is now so associated with finance and media that people forget that it was once the premier industrial city in America. Most of the lofts and art galleries in Soho are Civil War era factories. The Brooklyn Navy Yard was once the largest industrial complex in the county.

Manufacturing still exists, but it's dwindling.
Small scale manufacturing has picked up considerably, I think. I can't find the stats for it right now, but I remember coming across that recently. The issue is that larger manufacturing works are not growing or coming to the city.
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