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Old 08-17-2016, 05:29 PM
 
Location: ATL -> HOU -> DAL
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Meridian, MS? For a southern city of its size, the downtown area has a lot of pre WWII style buildings but a lot of them are empty and not much is going on. There is seemingly no rush hour traffic even at 5 pm. I don't know if it counts as truly "rust belt" like, but it seems like Meridian had much better years.
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Old 09-12-2016, 09:58 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Technically Baltimore is south of the Mason-Dixon Line, and some parts of the metro area are more Southern than people give it credit for. I've seen several rebel flags in eastern Baltimore County for example, and this isn't even counting the outer suburbs like Carroll County and Harford County. Baltimore is a mix historically.

Further south, I think you can make a case for Ashland, Kentucky which is dependent on the steel industry. It is borderline south, right on the Ohio River across from Ohio.

Charleston, West Virginia has also seen a decline in chemical manufacturing (this is known as the Chemical Valley) for the same reason our coal mines are shutting down, because of the Obama EPA and the overregulation of our industries, plus free trade agreements.

The declien in the inner city of Atlanta doesn't count because that is simply suburban flight from the crime and violence in the city, Metro Atlanta as a whole is very prosperous. In fact many Southern cities have a white collar, genteel repuation like Charlotte, Atlanta, Charleston SC, Savannah, while many Northern cities have a very gritty, blue collar reputation like Pittsburgh, Detroit, Cleveland, Buffalo and even some aspects of New York (all the boroughs besides Manhattan) and Boston (there's always Southie to balance out the New England elite).
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Old 09-12-2016, 10:16 PM
 
Location: San Francisco/East Bay and Los Angeles, formerly DC and Boston
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Pine Bluff, Arkansas has seen better days. But for the most part, former Southern manufacturing and Fall Line cities don't seem to be hurting like Great Lakes cities. Low wages, good weather, and right-to-work labor laws make them far more attractive places to invest.
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Old 09-13-2016, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Much of southern WV and southwest VA was built on mining and light manufacturing which is mostly gone.
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Old 09-13-2016, 10:51 AM
 
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Memphis comes the closest IMO. Houston has industry but is much more of a sunbelt city now.
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Old 09-13-2016, 11:24 AM
 
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Memphis comes the closest IMO. Houston has industry but is much more of a sunbelt city now.
Actually Birmingham would come closest, but as a recovered Rust Belt city in the vein of its northern counterpart, Pittsburgh.
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Old 09-13-2016, 12:05 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Actually Birmingham would come closest, but as a recovered Rust Belt city in the vein of its northern counterpart, Pittsburgh.
Memphis definitely feels more Rust Belt, though. Atleast to me it does
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Old 09-13-2016, 12:42 PM
 
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Memphis definitely feels more Rust Belt, though. Atleast to me it does
I agree in that Memphis feels rougher around the edges, but Birmingham actually had a history of heavy industry. Memphis, not so much.
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Old 09-13-2016, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Northern US
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Boston (there's always Southie to balance out the New England elite).
Southie isn't bad anymore, it is heavily gentrified.
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Old 09-13-2016, 06:49 PM
 
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Roanoke, VA and Knoxville, TN

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