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Old 08-01-2016, 11:05 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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But doesn't West Virginia exist solely because it didn't want to secede from the Union?
If you call a vote of 18,404 people out of 77,211 voters the will of majority, then, yes.


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Old 08-02-2016, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Ohio, USA
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I don't think there is any "Rust Belt" cities in the South.
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Old 08-02-2016, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Birmingham, Chattanooga, West Virginia, Eastern Kentucky, Tri-Cities TN.
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Old 08-03-2016, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and wherever planes fly
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Winston-Salem, NC was all tobacco and textiles all the time. But has done a good job modernizing. Richmond VA also, but has struggled somewhat to shed the industrial bones for better or worse. Houston is the best example but is very modern at the same time.
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Old 08-03-2016, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Winston-Salem, NC was all tobacco and textiles all the time. But has done a good job modernizing. Richmond VA also, but has struggled somewhat to shed the industrial bones for better or worse. Houston is the best example but is very modern at the same time.
That is very interesting. I am not very familiar with Winston-Salem, but noticed the decay in Houston and Richmond. I think Houston has made a better effort to modernize, however. Richmond has potential, but like Chattanooga and Birmingham, is a different animal given its, compact intact urban core, small size, and lack of light rail. Richmond should not follow the tear down, rebuild model of the sunbelt cities because it would destroy its character. Chattanooga is ahead of Richmond and Birmingham in terms of its revitalization efforts. Warehouses have been converted to retail, restaurant, and office space. New residential units are built in a walkable, mixed use environment and the city's major amenities are in short proximity. All of these factors are important in terms of attracting new residents and jobs. Richmond has greater density, given its housing stock, and grid. Richmond should use Pittsburgh as a model city in terms of redevelopment and turning around its past, not Austin, Nashville, or Atlanta.
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Old 08-04-2016, 01:45 PM
 
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That is very interesting. I am not very familiar with Winston-Salem, but noticed the decay in Houston and Richmond. I think Houston has made a better effort to modernize, however. Richmond has potential, but like Chattanooga and Birmingham, is a different animal given its, compact intact urban core, small size, and lack of light rail. Richmond should not follow the tear down, rebuild model of the sunbelt cities because it would destroy its character. Chattanooga is ahead of Richmond and Birmingham in terms of its revitalization efforts. Warehouses have been converted to retail, restaurant, and office space. New residential units are built in a walkable, mixed use environment and the city's major amenities are in short proximity. All of these factors are important in terms of attracting new residents and jobs. Richmond has greater density, given its housing stock, and grid. Richmond should use Pittsburgh as a model city in terms of redevelopment and turning around its past, not Austin, Nashville, or Atlanta.
Richmond is already doing quite well for itself; while tobacco is still big there, the economy is pretty diversified. The metro has five or six F500 headquarters, which is a lot for its size. And its downtown is quite healthy overall. Richmond has tons of historic structures which have been converted and adaptively reused and it's been that way for some time now.
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Old 08-09-2016, 02:12 PM
 
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Actually, Richmond has 8 (eight) Fortune 500 companies.
The metro economy has done quite well (diverse, stable, high income, low unemployment) for a very long time.
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Old 08-09-2016, 02:28 PM
 
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Actually, Richmond has 8 (eight) Fortune 500 companies.
The metro economy has done quite well (diverse, stable, high income, low unemployment) for a very long time.
I counted seven; I think this list is recent: Fortune 500

Still pretty impressive for its size.
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Old 08-09-2016, 07:00 PM
 
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Nope. 8 in Richmond on that list
Two were added this year, 6 in 2015 (PFG went back to a public company and Markel made the top 500).
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Old 08-09-2016, 07:30 PM
 
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Nope. 8 in Richmond on that list
Two were added this year, 6 in 2015 (PFG went back to a public company and Markel made the top 500).
Gotcha...I stand corrected!
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