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Old 12-12-2014, 08:31 PM
 
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With the exception of the Deep South, there are a lot of German Americans everywhere. But the Great Lakes region, where Irish, Polish, and African Americans out number German Americans, is a lot less German that other places in the Midwest, like Lincoln, Des Moines, and Cincinnati, where German Americans have a strong plurality if not a majority.
Milwaukee has a very strong German heritage. Period. It's beyond question. All you have to do is visit, or open a phone book.

I lived in Wisconsin for a bit--it's very obvious. But you don't have to live there to see that..
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Old 12-12-2014, 08:49 PM
 
Location: StlNoco Mo
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You'll have to excuse the way Downtown St.Louis looks,it's the maid's day off.
Actually,she was fired. She was caught stealing.
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Old 12-14-2014, 04:19 AM
 
Location: West Hollywood
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I dunno where you were, but while parts of Brooklyn look grimey, there really isn't that much abandonment and vacant lots. An area like this was considered "the ghetto" not long ago.
Lol.

They might have been here:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Hu...39b4d40dc27e42

When I lived in NY, I always wanted to move to this block! Looks real classy!
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Old 12-14-2014, 09:37 AM
 
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Because unlike the rust belt the jobs went elsewhere in the country. The manufacturing didn't completely leave the country and go overseas like it did in the rustbelt. That is do to Boston not being as ideal as other locations in the country where as the rust belt situation was do to cheaper competition in foreign countries. With jobs going from one part of this country to another the jobs are still in the United States vs going to a foreign country like what happened with the rust belt.
The main difference between Boston and Detriot is universities.
Boston has Harvard, MIT, Northeastern, BU, BC, Umass Boston, Emerson, Suffolk, etc.
Detroit has Wayne State and not much else.
The sheer volume of Talent cycling through Boston allowed it to adapt and change with the times more so than Detroit.
Also time was important too, Boston's industry dropped off 15-20 years before the mid-west.
Even within the Midwest Indianapolis (Perdue) and Columbus (Ohio state) have the strongest economies. This is because these are huge colleges that produce/attract a lot of smart people.
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Old 12-14-2014, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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The main difference between Boston and Detriot is universities.
Boston has Harvard, MIT, Northeastern, BU, BC, Umass Boston, Emerson, Suffolk, etc.
Detroit has Wayne State and not much else.
The sheer volume of Talent cycling through Boston allowed it to adapt and change with the times more so than Detroit.
Also time was important too, Boston's industry dropped off 15-20 years before the mid-west.
Even within the Midwest Indianapolis (Perdue) and Columbus (Ohio state) have the strongest economies. This is because these are huge colleges that produce/attract a lot of smart people.
Purdue is in West Lafeyette, which is over an hour outside Indy.

Indy was IUPUI, which is only marginally smaller than Wayne State (28,000 vs. 30,0000 students) and is hardly a major research university.
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Old 12-14-2014, 10:24 AM
 
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Purdue is in West Lafeyette, which is over an hour outside Indy.

Indy was IUPUI, which is only marginally smaller than Wayne State (28,000 vs. 30,0000 students) and is hardly a major research university.
Detroit and Indianapolis have roughly the same amount of college students, but Detroit is about twice the size of Indy so it underperforms for its size.
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Old 12-14-2014, 10:37 AM
 
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The main difference between Boston and Detriot is universities.
Boston has Harvard, MIT, Northeastern, BU, BC, Umass Boston, Emerson, Suffolk, etc.
Detroit has Wayne State and not much else.
The sheer volume of Talent cycling through Boston allowed it to adapt and change with the times more so than Detroit.
Also time was important too, Boston's industry dropped off 15-20 years before the mid-west.
Even within the Midwest Indianapolis (Perdue) and Columbus (Ohio state) have the strongest economies. This is because these are huge colleges that produce/attract a lot of smart people.
Detroit has U of D within the city and schools like Oakland University, U of M-Dearborn and a couple of other small institutions. Ann Arbor with the University of Michigan is within minutes as well.
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Old 12-14-2014, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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Detroit and Indianapolis have roughly the same amount of college students, but Detroit is about twice the size of Indy so it underperforms for its size.
Dude, seriously?

Indianapolis population: 852,866 (2013)

Detroit population: 688,701 (2013)


Yeah, the Detroit metro is bigger, but if you compare metro to metro, you'll have to account for, as chkthankgod said, the University of Michigan, one of the best research institutions in the Midwest with 43,710 students.

Inch for inch and pound for pound, it's actually Indy that underperforms when it comes to higher education.
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Old 12-15-2014, 02:52 AM
 
Location: Somewhere below Mason/Dixon
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The blighted Midwest cities the OP mentioned are often talked about for their problems. Detroit is the number one suspect on all these lists, but Detroits condition should not color all Midwestern cities. Minneapolis is a very nice city. Madison and Green Bay in Wisconsin are nice cities. Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor in Michigan are very nice cities. The plains states don't have any blighted cities that I have ever seen. Not every Midwest city is Detroit, Chicago or Gary.
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Old 12-15-2014, 09:21 AM
 
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The plains states don't have any blighted cities that I have ever seen. Not every Midwest city is Detroit, Chicago or Gary.
KC has significant blight, Omaha has its fair share and Wichita certainly does, too. If you count the southern plains, OKC, Tulsa and Dallas have plenty of blight, to say nothing of the smaller Great Plain cities and small towns, many of which are badly blighted, like Topeka, Waco, Salina, etc.
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