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Movie Review: "Braddock America"

Peter Van Buren | Posted 11.03.2014 | Entertainment
Peter Van Buren

If I'd made a documentary film about the scars left on America through industrialization, instead of writing Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the #99 Percent about it, what I would have likely ended up with is "Braddock, America."

America's Top Young Adult Workforces: A Rust Belt Rebirth?

Richey Piiparinen | Posted 08.18.2014 | Business
Richey Piiparinen

I know, people tend to take the current state of a region and erroneously think it's been that way forever, or that it will stay that way forever. But the vitality of urban areas are fluid -- prone to decline and rebirth, just like everything else.

Cleveland, LeBron, and the Evolution of Collective Shame

Richey Piiparinen | Posted 09.28.2014 | Sports
Richey Piiparinen

In many ways LeBron is an embodiment of the next generation of Cleveland and the Rust Belt. His return epitomizes possibility. The beauty of cities and societies is that they are constantly evolving.

LeBron James, Place and the Search for Sustainable Communities

Steven Cohen | Posted 09.13.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

LeBron James is not rejecting the glitz and glamour that we shower on the world's greatest basketball player, but he is allowing another value to enter into the mix, something bigger than cash, championships, and fame: the value of community.

Is the 'Rust Belt' a Dirty Word?

Richey Piiparinen | Posted 09.11.2013 | Detroit
Richey Piiparinen

There is indeed a growing movement of Rust Belt pride taking hold. Yet it is not a false pride, rather a pride that's derived from an acceptance of having become rust. Such can be immeasurable for the psychogeography of the region.

Abandoning the Rust Belt, Vacating the American Dream (PHOTOS)

Richey Piiparinen | Posted 08.05.2013 | Detroit
Richey Piiparinen

Of course it shouldn't be this way. There shouldn't be so much decay. This is America: the land of milk and money. But it is this way, and without national leadership, the housing crisis in the industrial heartland is unlikely to stop.

PHOTOS: The Faded Motels Of The Rust Belt

Randy Fox | Posted 03.26.2013 | Travel
Randy Fox

As you travel through the Rust Belt, you can still come across the remains of hotels and motels still touting marketing innovations such as "Color TV" or "Air Conditioning."

A Rust Belt Boom Town Powers Down

Randy Fox | Posted 03.02.2013 | Travel
Randy Fox

The ensuing years have not been kind to the former manufacturing hotbed. Seeing it now, it's hard to imagine the bright future that, once upon a time, seemed to await this growing municipality.

Lipstick on a Place: On the Aesthetics of 'Slumming It'

Richey Piiparinen | Posted 01.09.2013 | New York
Richey Piiparinen

Rust is still just rust in places that have come to exist in post-industrialization, but for others: rust is luxury, rust is christened from the landscape of one's hard times up to the decor of the powerful's play areas.

Exit Noise, Enter . . . ?

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Jack Schimmelman

I assure you that this president will go on to become one of our greatest. After denial has fled our shared amnesia, history will once again see that it was this tall, thin young man who stood between us and disaster and had the courage to do what was necessary.

PHOTOS: The Disappearing Ghost Signs Of The Rust Belt

Randy Fox | Posted 01.09.2013 | Travel
Randy Fox

Ghost signs are nearly the equivalent of what cave drawings were to our early modern day explorers: signifiers of how previous lives lived, worked and maybe the kind of beer they drank or the cigarettes they smoked. While these ghost signs populate many towns in our country, they are in the process of leaving us. As the wrecking ball flies and mundane urban renewal efforts commence, we're losing more relics every day.

Could a Handful of Spoiler States Trump the Swing States?

Stewart J. Lawrence | Posted 12.27.2012 | Politics
Stewart J. Lawrence

What happens, seemingly on the margins, in certain "spoiler" states could prove just as important to the outcome of the race as the high-profile action in the swing states that's still garnering the lion share of the media attention.

The 'Rust Belt' Is the Future

Jeremy Hobson | Posted 12.19.2012 | Business
Jeremy Hobson

Obama and Romney are flying in and out of cities like Cleveland so often, they probably recognize the baggage handlers at the airport. I just hope they hang around long enough to see what I discovered: The Rust Belt is our future. And not in a bad way.

Rust Belt States Ready To Decide Presidential Race

Roll Call | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics

Ohio is yet again swing-state ground zero in this year's presidential contest, with President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney -- plus their r...

Fast-Growing Companies Show Up in Surprising Places

Yasuyuki Motoyama | Posted 11.12.2012 | Small Business
Yasuyuki Motoyama

Where are the fast-growing firms geographically concentrated? Even without including the term "innovation," this question actually gets us closer to detect where innovations are located. Why?

PHOTOS: The Rust Belt's Rustic Bars

Randy Fox | Posted 10.27.2012 | Travel
Randy Fox

The old shot and beer joints were a mainstay in nearly all the Rust Belt mill towns. These places were the yang to the factories' yin and a big part of many a mill worker's daily routine.

Rust Belt Fatalism: Why Psychology is Important in City Making

Richey Piiparinen | Posted 09.17.2012 | Detroit
Richey Piiparinen

Emotion must start entering into the conversation of how it is we are forming our cities. Otherwise, our intentions at being well-intended will continually bend to that part of the dark we think we are fleeing or fighting.

The Republican Fight for Dirtier Air

Richard Schiffman | Posted 09.11.2012 | Green
Richard Schiffman

Republicans are right, of course: cleaning up the air can be expensive. But as president Obama -- and even Mitt Romney in his better moments -- must realize, it is not nearly so costly as failing to act.

Ruin Porn: As Dirty as You Need It to Be

Richey Piiparinen | Posted 08.22.2012 | Arts
Richey Piiparinen

2012-06-22-Screenshot20120622at1.15.18PM.jpgIf you aren't from the Rust Belt you need to know something: vacancy lives here. In fact, its ubiquity has granted it a presence in our post-industrial culture.

The Rust Belt Aesthetic: Conflict and Creativity

Richey Piiparinen | Posted 08.19.2012 | Arts
Richey Piiparinen

The Rust Belt landscape shoves you. If a suburb in Florida serves to take the edge off, Cleveland cuts you into corners. And depending on your poison, this can be a good thing, especially if you are an artist.

PHOTOS: The Ruins Of Detroit's Musical Past

Randy Fox | Posted 06.04.2012 | Travel
Randy Fox

It's easy to understand why the citizens of Detroit may feel offended by the large amount of attention that is paid to their abandoned factories, stores and homes. It must seem like there are people coming from all over the globe to trade on a city's agony.

Take Me Back to the Rust Belt City

Mike Shafarenko | Posted 07.31.2012 | Impact
Mike Shafarenko

At its core, the reason for me and many others to live and work in Cleveland or in other Rust Belt cities is really, as Rust Wire blogger Richey Piiparinen puts it, all about "Rust Belt Chic."

WATCH: Inside Edition Visits Abandoned Town

Posted 05.15.2012 | Travel

A crew from TV newsmagazine Inside Edition recently visited the coal town of Brownsville, Pennsylvania to document the abandoned buildings of the dist...

World's Largest Maker Of Construction Machinery Mounts Quick Recovery

Reuters | Posted 06.09.2012 | Business

* Company expands quickly to meet demand * Dealers, buyers cite shortages of machines * Risks from fragile recovery, Asi...

PHOTOS: The Ghosts Of Brownsville's Young Lovers

Randy Fox | Posted 06.04.2012 | Travel
Randy Fox

There hasn't been much activity in Brownsville, Pa. in some years, but to visit the town, it's impossible not to be affected by its remnants and by its ghosts.