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Old 07-15-2016, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Arch City
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I really have to say that the South doesn't really have any "Rust Belt" cities. The South doesn't have any cities that suffered the kind of decline and loss of industry and population that cities like Cleveland, Detroit, Buffalo, and St. Louis suffered. Maybe New Orleans in terms of population loss but that was for an entirely different reason altogether. Louisville and Charleston would potentially have some Rust Belt characteristics but these cities still are doing far better than the true Rust Belt cities of the Midwest and Northeast.
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Old 07-15-2016, 02:30 PM
 
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I really have to say that the South doesn't really have any "Rust Belt" cities. The South doesn't have any cities that suffered the kind of decline and loss of industry and population that cities like Cleveland, Detroit, Buffalo, and St. Louis suffered. Maybe New Orleans in terms of population loss but that was for an entirely different reason altogether. Louisville and Charleston would potentially have some Rust Belt characteristics but these cities still are doing far better than the true Rust Belt cities of the Midwest and Northeast.
Charleston doesn't really have much in the way of Rust Belt characteristics although it can feel that way in certain spots as an old port city.
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Old 07-15-2016, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Cbus
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I really have to say that the South doesn't really have any "Rust Belt" cities. The South doesn't have any cities that suffered the kind of decline and loss of industry and population that cities like Cleveland, Detroit, Buffalo, and St. Louis suffered. Maybe New Orleans in terms of population loss but that was for an entirely different reason altogether. Louisville and Charleston would potentially have some Rust Belt characteristics but these cities still are doing far better than the true Rust Belt cities of the Midwest and Northeast.
Again I'm not trying to equate the magnitude of the loss in southern cities to the loss in certain Midwestern cities. Of course the Midwestern cities fell harder (they had more industry to begin with).

General question but has Norfolk Virginia suffered from deindustrialization?
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Old 07-15-2016, 04:31 PM
 
Location: New York City
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Baltimore is the only city below the mason-dixon line that's rust belt.
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Old 07-15-2016, 05:46 PM
 
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Have you guys ever even been to Chattanooga? Ventured east & southeast away from the glitzy downtown and the condos?
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Old 07-15-2016, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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Greenville SC was known as the Textile Capital of the World at one point. most of the textile companies are gone now. the area has a strong advanced materials sector which stemmed from the textile industry.

Only 12 percent of the workforce in SC is employed in manufacturing. it was obviously much higher back in the day similar to rust belt. it would be better for SC and other area to have more manufacturing because non-college grads are paid more in manufacturing vs other industries, and SC has a large number of poor people.

prosperity in the south has increased over the decades but a lot of transplants are getting the higher paying jobs.

i would say Nooga and Birmingham are best two examples.

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Old 07-15-2016, 09:33 PM
 
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High Point, NC definitely fits this definition. The decline of the furniture industry hit it hard, and it's a depressing place. Somebody mentioned Greensboro earlier in the thread and wondered why it's not doing so bad---the answer is High Point took the hit.
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Old 07-15-2016, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Historic Jacksonville fits in many ways. Very large industrial base in the urban core, now mostly abandoned or razed. We have decay porn in Jax, not to the level of Detroit but it's quite prevalent in certain areas.

That said, the region certainly didnt suffer like most rust belt northern cities did. The population and economic decline in the core city was really just a shift to other parts of the expanding city and metro.
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Old 07-16-2016, 04:58 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in the lower 48.
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Gadsden, AL
Meridian, MS
Hickory, NC
High Point, NC
Rocky Mount, NC
Union City, TN

...and pretty much every town in the Mississippi Delta. Check out places like Helena AR and Clarksdale and Greenville MS if you want to see depressing, Rust Belt-esque towns that are mere shells of their former selves (although in those towns it was the loss of lucrative cotton farming along with the loss of manufacturing which led to their decaying).
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Old 07-16-2016, 07:48 AM
 
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Wouldn't rust belt imply heavy industry?

Why not consider the NC towns as the Lint Belt and Sawdust Belt.
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