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Old 06-14-2009, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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Like Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, etc?
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Old 06-14-2009, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Omaha
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Pitt, yes. Pitt is a very nice city. Detroit, **** no.
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Old 06-14-2009, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Dayton, OH
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From what Ive seen of Pittsburgh Id move there in a minute if I had a job offer. You wouldnt guess this is a city in decline from what Ive seen.
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Old 06-14-2009, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Omaha
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From what Ive seen of Pittsburgh Id move there in a minute if I had a job offer. You wouldnt guess this is a city in decline from what Ive seen.
It's not at all. It's not booming (population) like the sun belt cities, but it's a great city. I think it probably has one of the best looking downtowns I've ever seen.
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Old 06-14-2009, 05:34 PM
 
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Advantage would be that you would typically be facing declining housing costs and a lowering cost of living...
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Old 06-14-2009, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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Advantage would be that you would typically be facing declining housing costs and a lowering cost of living...
and wouldnt that go hand in hand with

higher taxes ( to pay for those leaving)
less services/stores
more crime (all those empty houses and no jobs)
fewer jobs in general

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Old 06-14-2009, 06:53 PM
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Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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It really depends on who's leaving. Pittsburgh seems to be thriving because although blue collar workers are leaving it is still gaining college educated people, including young people. By comparison Cleveland & Detroit seem to be losing their middle and upper class residents.

By the same token fast growing cities like Fresno or El Paso that are gaining masses of low income immigrants aren't any better economically than a stagnant city with a stable middle class like Cincinnati
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Old 06-14-2009, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Cleveland
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There are a few positives: Less crowded, less traffic, more room, lower cost of housing and living, etc.

Definitely more negatives than positives though.
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Old 06-14-2009, 11:57 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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The major advantage is lower cost of living, particularly housing. The problem is finding that without a substantial tradeoff in overall quality of life. Pittsburgh offers the best compromise between the two that I can think of.
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Old 06-15-2009, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Youngstown, Oh.
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Generally, the shrinking metros still have the big-city amenities and infrastructure that were established when the cities were still thriving. So, there's that with the benefits that Cle440 and others mentioned. (Less crowded, less traffic, more room, lower cost of living, etc.)

The big drawback, or "entrance fee" is finding a good job. If you've got one, shrinking metros like mine, or Cleveland's can be a great place to live.
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