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Old 09-27-2016, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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The word "Rustbelt" irritates me.

The word makes it sound like these cities are done, cooked, finished with little to nothing left in the tank to offer. That's so false. A lot of them are great cities for America and what they have to offer with regards to cultural institutions, performing arts, architecture, pre-war suburbia and neighborhoods, culture, and more traditional things cannot be replicated in this day and age in America.

I consider Chicago a great world class global city. Yes, it has numerous issues, way more than a normal city should have but it has been and will always remain to be an exceptional world-beater sort of city. I don't say this often enough, but I'm proud of Chicago. It has contributed so much and it became a bigtime city in the right time period in American history which is the late 1800s and first half of the 1900s. City of broad shoulders indeed.

Yes, it is true that Chicago's performance in more recent years irks me and quite frankly makes me really frustrated on the inside because it is better than that. It should be doing better than that, it should be setting examples for other cities to follow but it doesn't do as much of that anymore. That irks me, but at the end of the day, it is a truly spectacular city. It is a treasure for America, with an impeccable urban environment and infrastructure (by American standards) and an astonishing culinary scene, in my opinion.

I don't use the word "Rustbelt" for any city, much less Chicago.
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Old 09-27-2016, 04:25 PM
 
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Chicago is a weird place to categorize. Parts of Chicago are undeniably considered "rust belt" and parts of it are undeniably worldly and cosmopolitan. They never declined like you see on pockets of the south and west sides. They have always been and will continue to be desirable places to live. This is the part of Chicago that continues to grow. Same can't be said for "rust belt Chicago".

One skill set Chicago does need to improve upon is basic PR. A lot of misinformation and hyperbole in the news, predominately among right-leaning sources, about the state of affairs and violence in Chicago.

Comparisons to other "normal" cities are pointless. Many places simply don't have the dynamics Chicago does. Chicago has 2.7 million residents split almost equally among black, white, and hispanic. It's an incredibly difficult task running a city as large and diverse as Chicago.

Things will continue to improve in our neck of the woods and I have no doubt we remain a global leader and innovator.
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Old 09-27-2016, 05:53 PM
 
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The word "Rustbelt" irritates me.

The word makes it sound like these cities are done, cooked, finished with little to nothing left in the tank to offer. That's so false. A lot of them are great cities for America and what they have to offer with regards to cultural institutions, performing arts, architecture, pre-war suburbia and neighborhoods, culture, and more traditional things cannot be replicated in this day and age in America.

I consider Chicago a great world class global city. Yes, it has numerous issues, way more than a normal city should have but it has been and will always remain to be an exceptional world-beater sort of city. I don't say this often enough, but I'm proud of Chicago. It has contributed so much and it became a bigtime city in the right time period in American history which is the late 1800s and first half of the 1900s. City of broad shoulders indeed.

Yes, it is true that Chicago's performance in more recent years irks me and quite frankly makes me really frustrated on the inside because it is better than that. It should be doing better than that, it should be setting examples for other cities to follow but it doesn't do as much of that anymore. That irks me, but at the end of the day, it is a truly spectacular city. It is a treasure for America, with an impeccable urban environment and infrastructure (by American standards) and an astonishing culinary scene, in my opinion.

I don't use the word "Rustbelt" for any city, much less Chicago.
Well said... The term Rust Belt is a pejorative; I don't like it either.
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Old 09-27-2016, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Yakima WA
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No, too white collar to be considered rust belt.
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Old 09-27-2016, 11:01 PM
 
Location: San Francisco/East Bay and Los Angeles, formerly DC and Boston
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Unlike many other midwestern cities, Chicago has always been a city of commerce - Board of Trade, Futures/Options markets, etc - in addition to manufacturing. Minneapolis also has had this to a lesser extent with the Grain Exchange. Minneapolis is also 20% off its peak, but I wouldn't call it rust belt.
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