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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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While the challenges posed by the decline in overall population are well recognized, the movement of the population across neighborhoods within these Rust-Belt cities creates additional challenges.
Vowing to improve their hometown's tarnished image as a fading rust-belt city known for its snowstorms, Super Bowl-losing football, and a decaying downtown, Buffalo (N.
In fact, the once-prosperous transportation hub in south-eastern Pennsylvania, like so many rust-belt towns, seemed to be a dying community and in no position to rescue a stranded school district.
Yesterday's options problems in technology may be a lesser evil than tomorrow's pension and health-care funding requirements in rust-belt industries.