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Old 08-26-2010, 10:38 AM
 
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Default America's 10 Dying Cities--PGH doesn't make the list!

americas-10-dying-cities-from-detroit-to-new-orleans: Personal Finance News from Yahoo! Finance

A bleak article, but I suspect things may turn around for some of these cities eventually.
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Old 08-26-2010, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I see some hope in the future for Allentown, New Orleans and Hartford at least. Allentown and Hartford because they are pretty much part of the Bos-Was megalopolis. New Orleans because there's so much money being poured back into the city. It's too culturally important to be left to die.
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Old 08-26-2010, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Just East of the Southern Portion of the Western Part of PA
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I like lists - we need more of them. How about a list of the best lists?
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Old 08-26-2010, 12:05 PM
 
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I think in 25-30 years, people may be talking about Detroit the way they are talking about Pittsburgh today. Maybe.
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Old 08-26-2010, 12:09 PM
 
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I've been to Buffalo and it is beautiful there! It's a shame such a nice looking place is dying. I've lived in Allentown. It's a real dump, full of Mexican gangs that moved in from NYC and Philadelphia. Very dangerous place. It's real, real bad. The outskirts of Allentown are really developing though, but I guess the article focused on the city, rather than including the surrounding communities as well.
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Old 08-26-2010, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Great White North Hills
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I've been to Buffalo and it is beautiful there! It's a shame such a nice looking place is dying. I've lived in Allentown. It's a real dump, full of Mexican gangs that moved in from NYC and Philadelphia. Very dangerous place. It's real, real bad. The outskirts of Allentown are really developing though, but I guess the article focused on the city, rather than including the surrounding communities as well.

I've spent time in Buffalo, kind of like Pgh, it's seen better days but its future is not as bright as Pgh. As to Allentown, a good college buddy of mine just built a 1.2 million dollar home in the suburbs. The city proper may no be doing well, but the burbs are doing well, to be sure.
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Old 08-26-2010, 12:30 PM
 
Location: McKeesport, PA
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I've been to Buffalo and it is beautiful there! It's a shame such a nice looking place is dying. I've lived in Allentown. It's a real dump, full of Mexican gangs that moved in from NYC and Philadelphia.
Most likely Puerto Ricans; not Mexicans (I used to live in Allentown too....a loooong time ago. Had a lot of Puerto Rican friends that I went to school with...not once did I meet anyone of Mexican decent).
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Old 08-26-2010, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Philly
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I've been to Buffalo and it is beautiful there! It's a shame such a nice looking place is dying. I've lived in Allentown. It's a real dump, full of Mexican gangs that moved in from NYC and Philadelphia. Very dangerous place. It's real, real bad. The outskirts of Allentown are really developing though, but I guess the article focused on the city, rather than including the surrounding communities as well.
that seems unlikely since Philly hasn't had Mexican gangs, or even many mexicans until very recently. Allentown suffers much like Philly from the outsourcing of the NYC drug trade. Buffalo struck me as extremely depressed when i was there. interesting that galveston was thriving whne it had illegal activity. Allentown's neighbor Bethlehem has seen some success, though one could argue that the whole state of Pennsylvania has struggled since the demise of eastern coal, mining, and steel...not to mention manufacturing. not really surprising that cities that made stuff dominate that list. AC will eventually come around, I think.
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Old 08-26-2010, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I drove through Buffalo on a trip to Toronto just like week---I wasn't even the least bit visually impressed. I like, "WOW..." at least if someone were to just drive through Pittsburgh en route to somewhere else, they'd at least find the skyline pleasing. Buffalo just gave me the impression of a dead city...
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Old 08-26-2010, 03:32 PM
 
Location: City of McKeesport
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Why is Detroit #6? It should be #1. Buffalo and Cleveland are both much nicer cities than Detroit.
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