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Old 11-11-2014, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Rochester NY
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Hi everyone, I wasn't sure where to put this topic so I figured I would start here. I am hoping to find info (books, documentaries, YouTube, Netflix, websites, blogs, etc.) on American cities, specifically in the rust belt that are on the decline. Mainly economic decline, unemployment, poverty, etc. Not so much about the cities drug, gang, crime problems. There is really no reason I need this info, I am just simply interested in these places and would like to know more about them and eventually plan a trip and visit some. Some of the areas I'm interested in are Western NY, Western PA, Northern Ohio, and Eastern MI.

I know this is a pretty vague question but I would really appreciate any info you guys can provide. Thanks!
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Old 11-11-2014, 05:48 PM
 
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https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xPNmHPjkxdk

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-TWKfsDcZV0
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Old 11-11-2014, 05:57 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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Book: Why the Garden Club Couldn't Save Youngstown: The Transformation of the Rust Belt: Sean Safford
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Old 11-11-2014, 06:11 PM
 
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Two American Families | FRONTLINE | PBS

This documentary follows two families in Milwaukee for 20 years starting in 1991 through the loss of industry and unionized employment. Its pretty depressing if you decide to watch it.
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Old 11-11-2014, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Roger and Me, the film about Flint, Michigan, by Michael Moore.
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Old 11-12-2014, 02:21 AM
 
Location: Vallejo
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Rust Belt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

References section.
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Old 11-20-2014, 09:13 PM
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Location: West Michigan
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I live in one of those cities, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_Creek,_Michigan (the 50% increase in population was from annexations). I could answer any questions if you want.
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Old 11-22-2014, 12:17 PM
 
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Amazon.com: Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City (Politics and Culture in Modern America) (9780812220940): Colin Gordon: Books

Mapping decline by Colin Gordon talks about things from a St. Louis perspective, but most of these principles apply to most industrial regions of the first half of the 20th Century and their subsequent decline.
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Old 11-22-2014, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Rochester NY
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Thanks for all of the great suggestions guys. Here is some of the current materials I have on hand that I plan to read when I get some more free time (when this semester ends ugh, lol)

So anything that relates to these type books is what I'm looking for. Here are the titles to give everyone a better idea of exactly what I am searching for.

(Currently reading) Nothin' but Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times, and Hopes of America's Industrial Heartland Nothin' But Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times, and Hopes of America's Industrial Heartland by Edward McClelland

Caught in the Middle Caught in the Middle by Richard C. Longworth

Detroit: An American Autopsy Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff

City on the Edge: Buffalo, New York City on the Edge: Buffalo, New York, 1900 - present by Mark Goldman

The Third Coast: Sailors, Strippers, Fishermen, Folksingers, Long-Haired Ojibway Painters and God-Save-the-Queen Monarchists of the Great Lakes The Third Coast: Sailors, Strippers, Fishermen, Folksingers, Long-Haired Ojibway Painters, and God-Save-the-Queen Monarchists of the Great Lakes by Ted McClelland

I also plan on taking a look at nightlysparrow and Chicago76 recommendations, both look very interesting.

And I also watched Roger & Me in a high school class but blew it off at the time, so I will defiantly rewatch it this time around

So again, thanks for the recommendations everyone, please keep them coming!
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