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Old 12-30-2016, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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I live in a senior citizens complex. Yesterday we had a birthday luncheon after which there was Karaoke.

When "Hang on Sloopy" was played, everyone did the O-H-I-O hand cheer. It was hysterical seeing a bunch of old geezers including myself, doing the cheer.

Now that's pride!
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Old 12-31-2016, 01:52 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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It's a shame that people call it the Rust Belt, giving it that negative connotation. I lived in Cleveland for three years and visited a few times prior to that as well. I moved back further south 14 years ago and continue to long to return there. Why did I leave? It was a time in my life when I was grieving the loss of both my parents, and I had moved to Cleveland from my native Florida at that time because of knowing a few people in Cleveland. The winter was very difficult for me at that time because the grayness contributed to my sadness. Now though, if I had an employment opportunity there, i'd return in a heartbeat. The Rust Belt is rich in culture. Cleveland, Chicago and other cities is so ethnically diverse. It offers such a variety of restaurants and foods available in the supermarkets for those of us with European roots. Additionally, just looking at University Circle alone, there are the museums, along with the many universities offering art, music, and drama, plus the beautiful park system. And of course the lakes, for both Cleveland AND Chicago. Walking along the lake during the seasons is a lovely experience too. Sure there are run down areas too, old building and factories, etc. but that is only a slice of the area. There's so much more to embrace there. Anyone from there should be proud of where they are from.
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Old 01-05-2017, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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No, I am not at all ashamed to be from the Great Lakes Region (a name with less negative connotations). I actually like living here and there are opportunities in IT that aren't terribly hard to get. The cost of living, general attitudes and low-density, open spaces are some of the things that make it attractive for me to remain in the region.
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Old 01-07-2017, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Windsor Ontario/Colchester Ontario
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Proud here to be from the Canadian side of the Rust Belt! I love old industrial, blue collar cities much more than newer, more generic, white collar cities.
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Old 04-23-2018, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Reno, NV
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Ambivalent, but I sorta wish I were from somewhere with a stronger local identity, e.g. the South, New York, Portland.
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Old 04-23-2018, 08:29 PM
 
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Ambivalent, but I sorta wish I were from somewhere with a stronger local identity, e.g. the South, New York, Portland.
Chicago has a very strong local identity, IMHO. I'd be proud to be from there.
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Old 04-24-2018, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Brew City
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The only other place I could live with a massive fresh water lake in my backyard is in Siberia so I am quite happy here in the Rust Belt.
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Old 04-24-2018, 09:01 AM
 
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:c rying::cry ing: I am so ashamed to be from such a region. Just look at it....look at it....who could be proud of this!
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Old 04-24-2018, 10:37 AM
 
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Chicago has a very strong local identity, IMHO. I'd be proud to be from there.
Clearly true ... and plenty to have Pride in. It doesn't need to be NYC as no city will be. But has its own identity, things it is known for from the Blues, Cubbies, pizza to the skyscraper.

It clearly is the heart of the Midwest and roots as a Rust-Belt city and its share of issues. But clearly takes on being as a Coastal city in summers with Lake Michigan a great asset..... despite being 1000-miles from the ocean.
Clearly reason to have Pride.

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Old 04-24-2018, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Erie, PA
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I've always been proud of the area that I am from ::

What is there to be ashamed of? The character & grittiness of my Rustbelt cities vs. the generic look of some other regions?

Nothing to be ashamed of at all IMO. Nobody picks where they are from; we can only change that when we are older and can move out on our own.

I've lived in other regions and definitely prefer living here. Fewer pretensions, a nice home for a reasonable price is possible, and an agreeable climate with 4 seasons.
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