Rust Belt

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Rust Belt

An area of the United States known for manufacturing and heavy industry. The area is broadly contiguous with the upper Midwest and parts of the mid-Atlantic. States generally considered part of the Rest Belt include Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana. In the early and mid-20th century, companies in the Rust Belt made cars, steel and other products. It has declined since the 1970s, though information technology and other sectors have started to take root.
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Most major Rust-Belt cities have seen their populations shrink since their heydays, and with that decline, the average income of the remaining residents has fallen as well.
Obama overcame his Midwest and rust-belt primary losses and won Ohio by four points.
As a result, declining rust-belt metro areas such as Buffalo, New York, Pittsburgh and Cleveland stanched some population losses, and Boston, Los Angeles and New York saw gains.
We have Barack Obama, America's President-in-waiting if you believe the polls, sounding aggressively protectionist as he trawls for rust-belt votes.
But life is generally pretty dull and uninspired in the rust-belt decay of Youngstown.
Politicians, such as John Prescott in Britain (until recently) and mayors such as Bloomberg in New York, demand the 'wow factor' in new building, explicitly ask for the 'Bilbao Effect', which brought in millions of dollars to that rust-belt city.