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The Road through the Rustbelt: From Preeminence to Decline to Prosperity


Economic Development, Industry studies, Entrepreneurship and innovation, Regional policy and planning, Cleveland


This book addresses many of the common reasons why the so-called “Rust Belt” cities suffered decline and the many solutions proposed and efforts already undertaken that seek to reverse the decline and spur rejuvenation. The contributors discuss the reasons for the decline including globalization, energy policy–related issues, and even the impact of air conditioning on location decisions. They also detail many of the entrepreneurial efforts undertaken in cities like Cleveland that are helping to reinvigorate once-depressed areas, offer suggestions related to investments in workforce training and current energy policy, critique the use of economic development subsidies, discuss the success of clusters at reviving old industrial cities, and provide cultural insights on business practices in China.

Original Published Citation

Sadlek, Gregory M., and Joan Chase. “Distinctly Cleveland: How the Arts are Helping to Revitalize Rust Belt Cities.” The Road through the Rustbelt: From Preeminence to Decline to Prosperity. Ed. William M. Bowen. Kalamazoo, MI: Upjohn Institute, 2014. 123-45.


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