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View Poll Results: I would rather live in the...
Rust Belt 182 44.61%
Sun Belt 226 55.39%
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Old 04-08-2010, 09:57 PM
 
Location: metro ATL
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What about the aspect of fresh water, which is in abundance in the "Rust Belt" region? That will be an issue that will come up in the Sun Belt soon enough.
Only certain portions.
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Old 04-08-2010, 11:43 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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In the sunbelt, we rely heavily on our underground aquifers. We're just depleting our water supply more and more everyday, and that will be a massive problem one day.
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Old 04-09-2010, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Youngstown, Oh.
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If that's the case, the US is in trouble in general and not just one belt. The Sunbelt is such a LARGE region. Even if certain areas fail, other parts of the Sunbelt will keep it a float. Remember, we're talking about an region stretching form the east coast to the west coast. Not 8 or 9 states.
In this context, I think we're talking apples and oranges. The rust belt was just one part of what was considered "the north" at the time, (or the northeast and midwest, if you prefer) and the sun belt was just "the south." The western portion of the US wasn't as populated then, so wasn't as much a part of the equation. Anyway, my point is that the rest of "the north" (or northeast and midwest) didn't keep the rust belt afloat.

I guess I partly agree with you; the sun belt, as a whole, won't fall into decline. It is too large and to different--from end to end--for that. But, don't fool yourself into thinking that the sun belt, as a whole, is somehow immune to the problems that the rust belt faces.
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Old 04-09-2010, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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In this context, I think we're talking apples and oranges. The rust belt was just one part of what was considered "the north" at the time, (or the northeast and midwest, if you prefer) and the sun belt was just "the south." The western portion of the US wasn't as populated then, so wasn't as much a part of the equation. Anyway, my point is that the rest of "the north" (or northeast and midwest) didn't keep the rust belt afloat.

I guess I partly agree with you; the sun belt, as a whole, won't fall into decline. It is too large and to different--from end to end--for that. But, don't fool yourself into thinking that the sun belt, as a whole, is somehow immune to the problems that the rust belt faces.
Any region can have problems that other regions have faced before. I agree, no area is immune to the problems it's predecessors in growth have faced.
The sunbelt will have it's own list of problems that the Rustbelt could use to gain attention.
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Old 04-11-2010, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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The Rust Belt's economy was that diverse back then? WOW. Let's be serious. The Sunbelt stretches a LOOONG way from Miami to LA. I don't think an area THAT large will fall as hard as the Rustbelt. Some of the Rustbelt woes included the weather. Back then AC wasn't developed and it wasn't probable to live in the Sunbelt, but since then people have picked up and moved down here. With and economy this diverse how would it fall that hard? Between Aerospace, Medicine, Tourism, High-Tech, Weapons Defense, Military, Biotech, and Sunshine, the Sunbelt doesn't seem like it's gonna fail(Well, not on the Rustbelt type level.)
Puhlease. The Rust Belt was producing aerospace, medicine, weapons defense, military, etc, back when the Sun Belt was an uneducated swamp. It only took you guys almost 100 years to play catch-up.
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Old 04-11-2010, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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Puhlease. The Rust Belt was producing aerospace, medicine, weapons defense, military, etc, back when the Sun Belt was an uneducated swamp. It only took you guys almost 100 years to play catch-up.
Sunbelt includes south California too, and I haven't ever seen any swamps there man, maybe you should take a look at the sunbelt areas a little closer.
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Old 04-11-2010, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Cortland, Ohio
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I think many rustbelters have been to the sunbelt, but not many sunbelter have been to the rustbelt........

My brother's g/f from coastal nc was surprised by maple sugar candy and couldn't believe they made candy and syrup from tree sap. She also loves the grass we have up here........she couldn't believe how lush and green it is. She instantly kicks off her shoes and walks barefoot in the grass when she comes for a visit and says the grass where she lives it prickly.
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Old 04-11-2010, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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I think many rustbelters have been to the sunbelt, but not many sunbelter have been to the rustbelt........

My brother's g/f from coastal nc was surprised by maple sugar candy and couldn't believe they made candy and syrup from tree sap. She also loves the grass we have up here........she couldn't believe how lush and green it is. She instantly kicks off her shoes and walks barefoot in the grass when she comes for a visit and says the grass where she lives it prickly.
That's true about the grass, I've seen softer grass in the Northern areas.
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Old 04-11-2010, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Austin,Tx
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Sunbelt includes south California too, and I haven't ever seen any swamps there man, maybe you should take a look at the sunbelt areas a little closer.

There's no swamps in Arizona either lol
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Old 04-11-2010, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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There's no swamps in Arizona either lol
Or New Mexico, Oklahoma, West Texas, Georgia.
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