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Old 12-22-2016, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Born in L.A. - NYC is Second Home - Rustbelt is Home Base
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I'm originally from L.A. Lived there half my life before moving in '89 to the Rustbelt so I would not end up homeless in an unaffordable city. While Rustbelt life has its drawbacks I an carry a gun, 4 oz pepper spray and a collapsible baton if I like. These are all things that I miss when I travel to NY / NJ.

I do miss diving in the kelp beds at Catalina, but GD, L.A. has changed sooo much I sometimes feel I am in a foreign country when I visit.

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I like it in the Rustbelt. People are mostly down to earth. The jobs are so-so, but you can't have it all. After visiting NY a couple times this year for the first time and planning to visit a couple more times every year hereafter, I an appreciate the Rustbelt more. NY is fun, exhilarating and the greatest city in the world...but all I can take is 2 to 3 weeks of NYC a year. And, that is for my work...social doc photography. Otherwise I prob would not visit NYC after the first visit.

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Old 12-22-2016, 10:29 AM
 
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My name is Krisps and I.... live.... in the rustbelt (sobbing). Wow it feels good to let that out finally (lips quivering).
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Old 12-22-2016, 10:33 AM
 
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Why would anyone be "ashamed" to be from a particular place? You would have to have self-hate, or a pretty low self esteem. It is what it is, and you absorb whatever experiences and lessons there for both good and bad.

And what's this with the weapons? Unless you are a particularly vulnerable and sensitive individual, or put yourself in harm's way on a daily basis. I am not sure what that has to do with Rust Belt living.

BTW, I grew up in the Rust Belt, much of family still lives there, and will be moving back full time soon.

If there is anything to be ashamed of, it is how this nation's policies and business practices have allowed the draining of industry and capital from the Rust Belt cities - first to the suburbs (1950s), then the South and West (1960s and 70s), and finally outside the US (1980s to today).
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Old 12-22-2016, 10:39 AM
 
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No.....If you an get a decent job, you can still live a good, solid life in such areas.
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Old 12-22-2016, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Cbus
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I guess I currently live in a non-rust belt city in a rust belt state (Ohio).

Coming from the east coast I love the laidback attitudes of the Midwest and lack of pretense. There are rust belt cities that have incredible histories, architecture/built environments, community spirit and a lot to offer i.e. Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh.
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Old 12-22-2016, 11:47 AM
 
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LOL, I love the Rustbelt.

Born and bred and have long roots in Ohio.

We are great people IMO and like Buckeye said above, we have a laidback attitude, IMO we are much more honest and down to earth than southerners. We have great architecture and we are tough people.

What's to be ashamed of?
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Old 12-22-2016, 11:52 AM
 
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Why would anyone be "ashamed" to be from a particular place? You would have to have self-hate, or a pretty low self esteem. It is what it is, and you absorb whatever experiences and lessons there for both good and bad.
I don't know if it's shame so much as how magnified stereotypes are on here. There are certain posters who post their opinion, but word it as if it's simply fact. These people often have little if any actual experience with the places they are talking about, but if you read enough of their postings you can be convinced that these places actually are inferior. No matter the reality.

I love my little Rustbelt city, there's nowhere else I'd rather live. Watching it transition from a manufacturing center to a Knowledge/STEM/Services center can be some what intoxicating when you're a part of it.
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Old 12-22-2016, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I doubt seriously if people even think about it in those terms, pride or shame. Plenty of us could live anywhere we want. We stay in the rust belt because life is good here.
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Old 12-22-2016, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Lebanon, OH
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Where I live is more corn belt than rust belt but I can drive there in 30 minutes.
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Old 12-23-2016, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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I moved from Portland, OR to the "Rustbelt" for the same reasons as the OP.

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I'm originally from L.A. Lived there half my life before moving in '89 to the Rustbelt so I would not end up homeless in an unaffordable city.
But just moved to the Cleveland area last June. I am very proud to say I had the good sense to move to a great area that offers so much more bang for my buck instead of trying to desperately make ends meet in an overpriced, over-hyped city just to have bragging rights.
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