(E–pub/E–book) [Voices from the Rust Belt]
First of all this is a non fictional collection of essays by different authors sharing their often nostalgic memories of life in the American Rust Belt Expats looking at the welcome home message at their memories front doorsAnne Trubek says in the introduction The essays included here showcase the thick overlapping and various layers of the region Like the Rust Belt they are as suffused by life as they are by loss if not so Like lifting the canopy of trees covering the communities the book exposes a diameter of different people different perspective and various memories of the places they called home Some essays are just memories but most of them are politically tinted or downright confrontational like Can Detroit Save White People written by Aaron Foley I m curious What is it like being born into the most spoiled classes on the planet and wanting to move to a city full of black folks who have been ruined by centuries of your tyrannical rule Serious uestion here uite the racist against whites remarkHenry Louis Taylor Jr titled his essay Will Blacks Rise or Be Forgotten in the New Buffalo In black neighborhoods scattered across Buffalo s East Side residents must be wondering what all this Buffalo Happy Talk is about Buffalo is not a happy city for most of them It never has been When black folks look around Buffalo they see the city being re created for whites college educated millennials the creative classes refined middle aged urbanites and retired suburbanites As a black historian and urban planner looking through a lass darkly I can see Buffalo rising Yet I can t help but wonder for whom the city ascends If you visit Buffalo s so called hot spots Harbor Center the waterfront Allentown the Elmwood Strip Chippewa Street and the Theatre District you will see mostly hipster latte drinking whites Another straightforward blatant racist against whites remark Busing a White Girl s Tale by Amanda Shaffer introduces the reader to a multi cultural rainbow of inhabitants that once populated a region driven by racism mostly white racist according to her against all other races and relays her story of inclusive politics when it was hardly known The CudellEdgewater neighborhood where I rew up was a land of immigrant hyphens in the 1970s Italian American Irish American Polish American and Hungarian American just to name a few And someone in the book tries to make identity lemonade out of identity lemons Most memories are sad bitter others are touched by a feeling of homesickness and oodness A anti corporate sentiment flows effortlessly through the book A Middle Aged Student s Guide to Social Work by Dave Newman is a touching memory of a Billionaire Country guy who cared about the people he encountered in his office The most profound uestion in the book in my humble opinion is asked by Dave Newman Narrative therapy asks Are you telling your stories or are your stories telling you If you re only telling the worst about yourself in the worst possible way then you need to find a way to change your story to focus on the strengths to find a story that includes the best parts of your life It s like in Hamlet For there is nothing eitherood or bad but thinking makes it so Cleveland s Little Ira by Huda Al Marashi introduces the reader to the Muslim experience in the Midwest The real mosue with it Lair of the Dragon gilded dome and minarets was the meeting place of Jordanians Palestinians Syrians but no Irais American born Huda could barely speak her mother tongue and only shared a cultural heritage with the new immigrants She found Irais Pakistanis Afghanis and Iranians at a second mosue in an old converted church in Brecksville She needed people who could stand in as aunts unclesrandparents for her own children What I take away from the book is the rainbow of colorful memories by a carefully selected Forever His Bride (The Wedding Party, group of authors to serve a specific often political narrative including talking points such as racism feminism cultural identity etc Jewish Muslim Black and apologetic white voices reminiscence about the old days starting in the early fifties with thereat migration to the suburbs and aptly called white flight in this book as well to the current era of Trumpism and how it happened However the book also illustrates the migration from city to suburb in the Fifties the debauchery and social revolution of the Sixties and Seventies the post industrial population decline the Girl Trouble gentrification and beautification of the cities again by Millennials with a migration back to central zones away from expensive suburban abodes expensive cars and freeways and highways which have become almost impossible to maintain A full circle migration through two or threeenerations of families redefining their own destiny It is a fascinating journey to follow and this book brings the insight into this process with really well written detailed tales providing history and current events in one place The 606 trail in Chicago the ecology of home The Trouble with Valentines ground The Henry Ford era in which cars rolled the dice for urban close knit communities who had to be pushed out of their homes and family owned business to make way for highways and by ways the coal mining wars the pollution claiming so many lives the history of Akron Ohio the Rubber Capital of the World the lead poisoned bath water of Flint and everything else that can be read into the debris and scrapyards of the Rust Belt The change in mobility redefined migration That Better Place or the Problem with Mobility by GM Donley explains the concept perfectly providing excellent insight into property markets and new developments The Rust Belt has proven to be an ideal laboratory for exploring the practical problems associated with a society habituated to easy mobility specifically what results when mobility outruns populationrowth Booming rowth "tends to mask economic and social side effects But lucky us " to mask economic and social side effects But lucky us haven t had any booming rowth for a while so the results are plain to see here The re colonization of the cities brought another thought to me A few centuries ago it was the religious missionaries who first arrived on new continents and changed the face of ancient lands forever since they were soon followed by big business One Night...Twin consequences (The Monticello Baby Miracles governments and wars ensued to claim new territories It happened for thousands of years all over the planet just to bring this aspect into perspectiveNowadays it is artists who claim old factories turn them into lofts followed then by coffee bars artalleries musicians restaurants etc Soon old histories are written by a new
Generation New Life Grows On Buried Stories New life One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic grows on buried stories old ruins Hubris always lands the punch line The inclusion of This Is a Place by Kathryn M Flinn pushed this experience for me over the four star rating right into the five star zone Kathryn Flinn is an assistant professor of biology at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea Ohio andrew up in western Pennsylvania She The Routledge Handbook of Spanish in the Global City grew up walking the Rails to Trails path with her family The trail passed the sewage treatment plant the recycling center and ends at the coal fired power plant that released sulfur dioxide into the air than any other plant in the nation The trail which she preferred to call the Trail of Ecological Destruction was lined with invasive shrubs and it crossed creeks turned orange by acid mine drainage This experience was one of the reasons she left the area and become an ecologist But it was also this trail that led to her discovery of the wonders of nature where it was least expected This essay is for me at least a metaphor of what it means to take a lookinglass and discover the small wonders in the world around us She is teaching her students to look for natural wonders in their back yards their inner cities their railway tunnels and overgrown old buildings We should find the small wonders everywhere not only in the exotic rain forests of the world And when we do find it our old environment becomes a new experience entirely This is how urban wastelands wetlands and humblest of parks restoration become the The Holy Grail glory of the newenerations It all starts with paying attention Who remember Annie Dillard s book Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Annie Dillard was a housewife who discovered than just life in the city through her magnifying lass Edward Abbey spent his formative years in western Pennsylvania We can manage ecosystems everywhere even in a CVS parking lot It is well to cultivate adults who can pay attention and continue to learn from nature Those who dwell as scientists or laymen among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life wrote Rachel Carson who developed her sense of wonder in an industrial city near Pittsburgh But as a society we also need citizens who take responsibility for the ways they interact with nature This may be best learned through the intimate and practical interactions we can only have with the landscapes in which we live Most of these places wrote their histories in smells such as Akron Ohio Akron s population between 1910 and 1920 transforming it from a sleepy former canal town to the thirty second largest city in America It is a smell laced with melancholy ambivalence and nostalgia for it was the smell of an era that was uickly coming to an end although I was far too young to be aware of this fact at the time It was sometimes the smell of tragedy from Confessions of a Rust Belt Orphan or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Akron by Jason SegedyAnother thought from this essay and one of the final ones in the book The machine runs until it breaks down then it is replaced with a new and efficient one a perfectly ironic metaphor for an industrial society that killed the oose that laid the Virgin Widow golden egg It was a machine made up of unions and management and capitalized sunk costs and supply chains and commodity prices andlobalization Add the devastating vicissitudes of outsourcing big business big industry to the tombstone of prosperity in the Rust Belt and the challenges for future Wife in Exchange generations become clear There are trends worldwide of moving back to small business owners with the store downstairs and the family homes upstairs It s a slow evolution but it s happeningSimilar non political content can be found in novels of authors such as Richard Russo all his books Tom Robbins Jitterbug Perfume John Hart Redemption Road Tom Franklin Crooked Letter Crooked Letter Matthew J Sullivan Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore Wiley Cash A Land More Kind Than Home or Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney There are numerous similar books of course But the essays in this book also fit perfectly into the National Geographic realm of the complexity of destruction and reinvention in all itslory This book compliments the non fictional smashing bestseller Hillbilly Elegy A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by JD Vance However Voices from the Rust Belt has a uniue overtone of its own if you care for essays. The essays in Voices from the Rust Belt address segregated schools rural childhoods suburban ennui lead poisoning opiate addiction and job loss They reflect upon happy childhoods successful community ventures warm refuges for outsiders and hidden oases of natural beauty But mainly they are stories drawn from uniuely personal experiences A The Eternal Ice (Magic: The Gathering: Ice Age Cycle, girl has her bike stolen A social worker in Pittsburgh makes calls on clients A journalist from Buffalo moves away and misses home A fatherives his daughter a bath in the le.
Anne Trubek ¸ 5 Free downloadAtion how school ratings become real estate marketing tools a particular problem in Ohio and five proposals to address these challengesI noted earlier that there is no single Rust Belt story While this is true it was also striking that all these essays describe the problems and the struggle of displacement of making it for those who live in Rust Belt cities Perhaps the most hopeful story in the collection was of Little Ira in Cleveland and the white woman who was positively impacted by busing One thing such a collection makes clear is that turnaround stories often can be selective with whole populations left behind due to inferior schools and persisting patterns of racialization Yet I also wonder where are the narratives of those who have overcome the challenges of the Rust Belt who remember the past but are not trapped in it and are rolling up their sleeves to make the most of the new economy The essay by Jason Segedy on loving Akron comes closest to this with his refusal to look for the Next Big Thing a temptation in all of these cities and instead begin with little plans that might be scaled up with success I just would have liked one or two essays by those who have done what he proposes Where are these Rust Belt storiesThe Rust Belt is in my blood probably literally I ve lived in some of these places visited most of them and the stories in this book Night And Day give a cross section of life as it was and is that is recognizable Yet I also wish the collection would have captured of the dynamism of those working to reclaim neighborhoods and mixed use zoning to start new businesses and to build a new civic life while sustaining the rich ethnic and cultural heritages of these cities from cuisine to high cultureWhen we lived in Cleveland I used to joke that Clevelanders actually made up the jokes about Cleveland to keep everybody else away I wonder if it is time for narratives that are honest about the challenges but instead of keeping people away or resenting those like artists who come propose how our Rust Belt cities might beood places for those up for the challenge be they artists activists businesses inventors entrepreneurs crafts and tradespeople or even writersDisclosure of Material Connection I received a complimentary advance review copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review The opinions I have expressed are my own I bought this collection because a friend has an essay included but I m really Tennessee Takedown / Ravens Hollow glad I had the exposure to the rest of these authors The material varies on exact scope but all the narratives arerounded in a rust belt town These towns include Cleveland OH 6 Detroit MI 3 Buffalo NY 3 Flint MI 3 Pittsburgh PA 2 Cincinnati OH 1 Oxford Indiana 1 Mingo County WV 1 Chicago IL 1 Akron OH 1 Youngstown OH 1 Moundsville WV 1 The essays are broken into four sections Growing Up Day to Day in the Rust Belt Geography of the Heartland Leaving and Staying These divisions weren t particularly noticeable while I was reading but looking back the roupings make sense with the essay content There was some diversity included in the essay selection including an Irai American in Cleveland but I feel like there could have been diversity although race or ethnicity is not always evident based on the essay Anne Trubeck has edited a collection of essays about the Rust Belt a term that Walter Mondale first used in 1984 to describe the middle industrial section of the country Having lived almost all of my life in this region I found the book to be a perfect compendium of life in the cities of the Rust Belt In reading this book one will discover uestions that can t be answered as well as answers to uestions that can be answered One will also experience feelings of happiness rief sadness anger satisfaction and wonder I imagine this book can be read fairly uickly but if you take your time and savor each essay I believe you will be rewarded NOW AVAILABLE Edited by Anne Trubek this collection of essays on The Rust Belt covering what it is where it is and why it matters are broken up into four sections with essaysGROWING UP A Girl s Youngstown by Jacueline Marino The Kidnapped Children of Detroit by Marsha Music Busing a White Girl s Tale by Amanda Shaffer Moundsville by David Faulk North Park With and Without Hate by Jeff Z Klein and Love and Survival A Flint Romance DAY TO DAY IN THE RUST BELT A Middle Aged Student s Guide to Social Work by Dave Newman Fresh to Death by Eric Woodyard Rust Belt Heroin Chic by Ben Gwin Will Blacks Rise or Be Forgotten in the New Buffalo by Henry Louis Taylor Jr Can Detroit Save White People by Aaron Foley "AND CLEVELAND S LITTLE IRA BY HUDA AL MARASHIGEOGRAPHY "Cleveland s Little Ira by Huda Al MarashiGEOGRAPHY THE HEARTLAND A Night at the Golden Lion Lounge by John Lloyd Clayton Family Bones by Ryan Schmurr The Fauxtopias of Detroit s Suburbs by James D Griffwen Pretty Things to Hang on the Wall by Eric Anderson King Coal and the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum by Carolyne Whelan Seed or Weed On the Evolution of Chicago s Bloomingdale Trail by Martha Bayne This Is a Place by Kathryn M Flinn That Better Place or the Problem with Mobility by GM DonleyLEAVING AND STAYING Losing Lakewood by Sally Errico Notes from the Expatriate Underground by Margaret Sullivan Confessions of a Rust Belt Orphan or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Akron by Jason Segedy Bathtime by Connor CoyneIn the introduction Anne Trubek addresses Why the Rust Belt Matters and What It Is The name was largely created in 1984 by of all people Walter Mondale At a campaign stop during the presidential election Mondale made a speech to steelworkers at the LTV plant in Cleveland saying Reagan s policies are turning our industrial Midwest into a rust bowl The press who can t seem to resist rename it the Rust Belt as a play on the Sun Belt She touches on the drop in demand for steel from World War II to the 1970s and the jobs that disappeared She discusses the most symbolic date in Rust Belt history Black Monday when Youngstown Sheet and Tube in Ohio closed their doors Forty thousand plus jobs evaporated What followed The population which peaked in the 1970s has been declining since This area includes Michigan Ohio Pennsylvania parts of Illinois Wisconsin and New York Cities like Buffalo Detroit "cleveland flint and some of the areas that " Flint and some of the areas that these places The thing is there are no real borders to the Rust Belt No one is Michaels Discovery (The Devaneys going to build a wall to make sure no other places are affected in any way resembling how these areas were So it would behoove us to pay attention to what has happened what is happening and what we can do now and in the future This touches on many topics minority populations including Muslim populations Orthodox Jewish populations and in 1900 over 75 percent of the Cleveland Ohio were foreign born or firsteneration immigrants One of my favourite essays was Cleveland s Little Ira a story of a married couple both children of Irai immigrants doubting they d find a Muslim community in this new place where they d moved after living in ueens a completely different foreign way of life Another was Moundsville by David Faulk who talks about Shotgun Wedding (Silhouette Yours Truly, growing up in Moundsville West Virginia and being shunned by Pittsburghers and Clevelanders shunned by the rest of West Virginia A Night at the Golden Lion Lounge by John Lloyd Clayton was delightful about aay bar where time has less stopped than never actually caught up in the first place Take away the cellular phones and color photographs and it could be 9w9 you sliding in you re your brother in law after a terrible day on the stock market Stonewall could be two days away The eight six Camaro parked out back It might actually just be new Gary himself might range from thirty to six eight but in this light he s ageless And then there s Bathtime which just broke my heart Some of the topics addressed segregated schools rural childhoods suburban ennui lead poisoning opiate addiction and job loss Then there are those essays about happy childhoods successful community ventures warm refused for outsiders and hidden oases of natural beauty Most if not all are personal Their own memories of life then and now Some of these are very powerful All are worth reading A few had me smiling a few had me in tears there is power in simply bearing witness Pub Date 03 APR 2018Many thanks
FOR THE ARC PROVIDED BY PICADORthe ARC provided by Picador This is a very thought provoking collection of essays In the introduction the editor explains that the term Rust Belt is not defined by Life Changing Smiles geography there are no borders to this region anywhere an economy was previously based on manufacturing and has since been losing population can be part of theangI Innocent Sins (Harlequin Presents, grew up in the Midwest in an agricultural village just a few hours drive from many Rust Belt cities The essays in this book are by professionals whorew up in these changing cities and describe how they were shaped by them Even without a direct connection to these cities as a rural Midwesterner I can absolutely relate to the affection one can have for a place that may have been dysfunctional but becomes so much a part of one s identity Some of my favorite stories involve Flint Michigan I went on a few road trips when I lived in the Midwest to some Flint Generals minor league hockey Only a Whisper games in the early 2000s Every trip was an adventure and Flint was a perfect place too for some Copper Lake Secrets gritty minor league hockey I moved to the Washington DC area in 2008 and whenever I meet someone with roots in Flint they have a voice that is very real unspoiled and there s always a perseverance that may even seem absurdiven the stories that they tell I am not native to the Rust Belt but these voices describe life as I know it as wellThank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an advance copy for review I was really happy to win this book from Goodreads It will be out in April of next year It however was not what I was expecting I was expecting to see stories from everyday people who have been and are affected by de industrialization not only in places like Flint MI Detroit MI parts of Ohio and Pennsylvaniabut all over the country I live in the Rust Belt but have faith it will improve in time as i see Detroit is turning itself around with agriculture Pittsburgh is doing very well by any standard and Cleveland though still struggling seems to be on the upswing They are reinventing themselves for the better I think I like this book as the stories in it are told by the folks who are living in it I could relate to the Cleveland suburb story as I have lived in Cleveland proper and a few of it s suburbs over my life There are even times I feel like I could write the book Don t anyone write off the Rust Belt it ll return in a new better and richer form Great stories folks I think they will appeal to everyone not just those of us who are living in it I Brooklyn's Song grew up in a rust belt town but this was too bleak for Belt's economic woes became a political talking point and helped pave the way for a Donald Trump victoryBut the region is neither monolithic nor easily understood The truth is much nuanced Voices from the Rust Belt pulls together a distinct variety of voices from people who call the region home Voices that emerge from familiar Rust Belt cities―Detroit Cleveland Flint and Buffalo among other places―and observe withrace and sensitivity the changing economic and cultural realities for enerations of American. .
And the Rust Belt and would like to experience it in a synopsis Hillbilly was a personal emotionally intense recollection by its author while Voices from the Rust Belt is a journalese almost scholarly overview of the same topicregion Voices might be riding on the back of Hillbilly Elegy My review of Hillbilly Elegy I really really enjoyed this full bodied diversified and heartfelt memoirs of an American landscape in all its different moments in time Old tales and new beginnings A vision of hope and undying optimism Of correcting the past by building new futures Of new enerations honoring yesteryear while making new discoveries right on their doorsteps Definitely RECOMMENDED I want to thank Anne Trubek Picador Publishers and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book Voices From the Rust Belt is an offering of essays edited by Anne Trubek on the legacy of a post industrial world in the once Plain Jane The Hotshot great manufacturing centers including Buffalo Detroit Flint Akron and ChicagoI found these essays to be beautifully written and personally moving I savored each essay reading them one at a time The stories are about places I know stories I am familiar withThese are stories that break my heartGetting PersonalI am a Rust BeltirlI spent my first ten years of life just north of Buffalo until 1963 when my family moved to the Detroit suburbs so my dad could find work in the auto industry With a high school education and hands on experience he was able to Family of Her Dreams get aood job with benefits My Blackmailed Into the Italians Bed grandfather was a GM engineer my brother is a Ford engineer and other family members worked on the lineMy husband is from outside of Flint MI where his father worked at Fisher Body and hisrandmother a GM employee was in the Woman s Brigade during the famous sit down strike My husband s brother was the third Girls Night Out generation to be a Flint resident and he raised his children thereAs a young wife I lived in and around Philadelphia including in one of the earliest industrial centers surrounded by empty factories We returned to Michigan for a while living in Lansing a short way from the downtown GM assembly plant At retirement we moved into my family home in Metro DetroitOur families were lucky Dad often mused that he had seen the best days of working in the auto industry Dad survived several downsizing cuts thanks to his seniority My dad in law took advantage of early retirement and lived into his nineties spending time retired than in his career But he had to watch the Flint and Grand Blanc plants die Looking Deeper Between the PagesThe book is divided into thematic sectionsGrowing UpJaueline Marino s A Girl s Youngstown begins with memories of the 1970s pollution that made her and her sister hold their breath when crossing the Market Street Bridge It made me recall the smell of entering Tonawanda driving up the River Road past the Ashlandasoline storage tanksThe Kidnapped Children of Detroit by Marsha Music recalls White Flight and ponders how today Detroit can move forward without the crippling divisions of the past Busing A White Girl s Tale by Amanda Shaffer considers what she Bound To Ransom (Bound Series Book 2) gained from the experience North Park With and Without Hate by Jeff Z Klein recountsrowing up Jewish in Buffalo when prejudice was out in the open Life on the slag heap of society is presented by David Faulk in Moundsville In Love and Survival A Flint Romance Layla Meiller admits her hometown taught her a pervasive sense of vulnerabilityDay to Day in the Rust BeltDave Newman talks about starting over in mid life in A Middle Aged Student s Guide to Social Work as he learns the limitations of social work Fresh to Death is Eric Woodyard s recounting of his double life drinking in a Flint neighborhood bar at night while working as an award winning sportswriter by day Ben Gwin shares a heartbreaking story of addiction in Rust Belt Heroin Chic Henry Louis Taylor Jr asks Will Blacks Rise or Be Forgotten in the New Buffalo proving that the racial division of progress plagues Rust Belt cities other than Detroit Aaron Foley asks Can Detroit Save White People Huda Al Marashi writes about Cleveland s Little Ira communityGeography of the HeartlandJohn Lloyd Clayton remembers a Cincinnati Into the Wild (The McGraws, gay bar in A Night at the Golden Lion Lounge The lack of identity in assimilated white European families is addressed in Ryan Schnurr s Family Bones The Fauxtopias of Detroit s Suburbs by James D Griffioen discusses Henry Ford s legacy from the Rouge plant to Greenfield Village s idyllic nostalgia that whitewashes history Eric Anderson juxtaposes working in the steel millsentrification and art in Cleveland in Pretty Things to Hang on the Wall I learned that redneck came from the red bandannas worn by Matewan unionizers in King Coal and the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum by Carolyne Whelan Martha Bayne uestions accident or intention in Seed or Weed On the Evolution of Chicago s Bloomingdale Trail Ecologist Kathryn M Flinn realizes the diversity of Rust Belt ecology in This Is A Place Mobility as benefit or detriment is considered in That Better Place or the Problem with Mobility by G M Donley Donley looks at how historic suburban Orbital Velocity (Stony Man, growth impacted downtowns and offers ways to improve where we live instead of chasing the dream home elsewhereLeaving and StayingThe pursuit of a relationship brings Sally Errico to move in Losing Lakewood Notes from the Expatriate Underground by Margaret Sullivan is about nostalgic Buffalo natives looking for connection Confessions of a Rust Belt Orphan or How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love Akron by Jason Segedy recalls the smell ofood jobs when Akron was the Rubber Capital of the World Our idealistic image of an upward line of progress must be replaced with the cycle of boom and bust Connor Coyne talks
About What Is Likewhat it is like bath a baby in Flint Water in BathtimeThoughtsVoices from the Rust Belt will be poignant reading for those of us associated with these cities We will connect with some readings and definitely will learn we are not alone I was surprised how Buffalo s experience of white flight was not too unlike Detroit s The stories will inform those who want to understand the Rust Belt experience on the personal level There are essays that dig deeper dissecting a history of public policy and boom and bust economics that contributed to the decline of these cities Best of all included are some suggestions for moving forwardThis book could also be a Cowboy Swagger (Sons of Troy Ledger, good discussion started in the or in a book clubI received free ebook from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review Summary A collection of essays from those living or who have lived in Rust Belt cities from Buffalo to Chicago and Flint Michigan to Moundsville West VirginiaIrew up in the archetypal Rust Belt town of Youngstown and write about that experience you can find all my posts in the On Youngstown category on my blog I left before it acuired the Rust Belt name in 1976 Back then it was the industrial heartland until the industrial part was Navy Wife (Navy gutted in the late 1970 s and early 1980 s I witnessed the effects in three of the cities I ve lived in Toledo Cleveland and Youngstown and so was naturally interested in reviewing this collection of essays from those with connections to the Rust Belt cities of the Midwest from Chicago to BuffaloThe book is organized into four sections the first of which was Growing Up which coincidentally opens with an essay from a fellow Youngstown native Jacueline Marino She writes of childhood visits to herrandmother on South Pearl St covering her mouth as she crossed the Market Street Bridge near the steel mills and then the changes she saw in her Running Scared (Heroes for Hire, grandmother s neighborhood and the city as the mills closed the influence of organized crime in the city everyone played the bug and the rich memories that she carries to this day of her Italianrandparents kitchen and the oasis it provided in a Saving All My Lovin gritty city The essay is followed by a Detroit native talking about white flight and the kidnapped children who disappeared as families fled the city a white Clevelander talking about the positive impact of busing on her life of ethnic hatreds in a Jewish neighborhood in Buffalorowing up on an Ohio River town home to the West Virginia Penitentiary and the theft and recovery of a bicycle in FlintThe second Profile for Seduction (Silhouette Romantic Suspense group of essays traces Day to Day in the Rust Belt and makes it clear there is no single Rust Belt story There is the middle aged social worker in Pittsburgh trying to help a down and out alcoholic when his agency cannot There is the young life lost to street violence in Flint the separated couple both coming out of substance abuse one successfully than the other trying to care for a daughter remain civil with each other and pull their lives together There is an essay on the contrast between Buffalo boosterism and the black communities that are or less left out the odd phenomenon of a white arts culture thinking they will find salvation as well as low rent in Detroit Finally we learn about a thriving Irai community in Cleveland one of many such ethnic communities aborning in the MidwestThe third section explores The Geography of the Heartland beginning with a legendaryay bar in the Clifton neighborhood of Cincinnati a visit to an old family home in Indiana how many of us have One Good Cowboy gone back to old homesteads to find them derelict or in my own case vanished the fauxtopia of Henry Ford s Greenfield Village and the contrast between the exurban dream Ford s automobiles made possible and the remnants of the city that was abandoned Another essay attacks the artists who supplanted industrial workers in Cleveland for their pretensions when what has drawn them is the low cost of living what is this thing against artists A descendent of the West Virginia McCoys reflects on the history of coal mining in the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum a couple essays reflect on urban ecologies in Chicago and ClevelandLeaving or Staying a dilemma faced by many Rust Belt natives is the subject of the last section A young woman describes finding a delightful neighborhood in Lakewood only to flee it due to a failed love affair A long time Buffalo resident talks about the toleration of ex pats only to become one An Akron native describes staying in the former Rubber Capital The collection closes with a poignant narrative of a father bathing his daughter in the lead polluted water of Flint Michigan and the panic when she tries to drink some and what it is like when a basic necessity like water is so dangerousNearly all the essays focused on personal narrative One stood out as taking a larger look at the challenges of renewal faced by Rust Belt cities titled That Better Place or the Problem with Mobility Written by a Cleveland Heights native it describes the impacts of mobility and the conseuences too much retail space housing stressed tax bases persistent segreg. Ad contaminated water of Flint Michigan from the introductionWhere is America's Rust Belt It's not uite aeographic region but a linguistic one first introduced as a concept in 1984 by Walter Mondale In the modern vernacular it's closely associated with the Post Industrial Midwest and includes Michigan Ohio and Pennsylvania as well as parts of Illinois Wisconsin and New York The region reflects the country's manufacturing center which over the past forty years has been in decline In the 2016 election the Rust.