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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 segregation 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 ust 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 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 The Viscount The Virgin joke that Clevelanders actually made up theokes 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 be good 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 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 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 Belt girlI spent my first ten years of life Fantastic Stories of the Imagination February 2015 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 get a go 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 areust 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 glass 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 grew up was a land of immigrant hyphens in the 1970s Italian American Irish American Polish American and Hungarian American ust to 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 with grace and sensitivity the changing economic and cultural realities for generations of American.
I grew up in a rust belt town but this was too bleak for me 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 ust those of us who are living in it 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 As it turned out nearly every story is written by an author teacher academic or the like And most of the stories are attempting to place blame for their situations For instance one story blames mobilitymeaning people can move away if they don t have workand claims that when people move they ust abandon their homes for new ones I have to doubt thispeople generally sell homes when they move Also they blame the companies that they say nurtured them for decades for moving some even overseas Well companies have to be profitable or they cannot continueso of course they are going to move toward profitability As for overseas moves personally even though I was a staunch union member for at least 30 years I attribute some of the blame to unions They did so much good but finally priced their members out of the market American companies couldn t compete on the open market everyone started buying cheaper foreign goods So companies decided to hire workers overseas because they could pay them less than American workers demanded I don t see any of this in the book so it s basically a one sided picture This is a very thought provoking collection of essays In the introduction the editor explains that the term Rust Belt is not defined by 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 the gangI grew up in the Midwest in an agricultural village ust a few hours drive from many Rust Belt cities The essays in this book are by professionals who grew 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 games in the early 2000s Every trip was an adventure and Flint was a perfect place to go for some 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 absurd given 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 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 OF 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 Wellness, Not Weight 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 plusobs 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 surround these places The thing is there are no real borders to the Rust Belt No one is 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 The essays in Voices from the Rust Belt address segregated schools rural childhoods suburban ennui lead poisoning opiate addiction and The Myth of Psychology 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 girl has her bike stolen A social worker in Pittsburgh makes calls on clients Aournalist from Buffalo moves away and misses home A father gives his daughter a bath in the le.
Nd in 1900 over 75 percent of the Cleveland Ohio were foreign born or first generation 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 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 a gay 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 Modern Korean Literature just be new Gary himself might range from thirty to six eight but in this light he s ageless And then there s Bathtime whichust broke my heart Some of the topics addressed segregated schools rural childhoods suburban ennui lead poisoning opiate addiction and ob 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 Picador USA 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 grief 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 I bought this collection because a friend has an essay included but I m really glad I had the exposure to the rest of these authors The material varies on exact scope but all the narratives are grounded 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 groupings 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 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 VirginiaI grew 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 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 her grandmother 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 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 Italian grandparents kitchen and the oasis it provided in a 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 Buffalo growing up on an Ohio River town home to the West Virginia Penitentiary and the theft and recovery of a bicycle in FlintThe second 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 legendary gay bar in the Clifton neighborhood of Cincinnati a visit to an old family home in Indiana how many of us have 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. Ad contaminated water of Flint Michigan from the introductionWhere is America's Rust Belt It's not uite a geographic 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.
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Anne Trubek is the author of A Skeptic's Guide To Writers' Houses and co editor of Rust Belt Chic The Cleveland Anthology She has written for The New York Times The Atlantic Wired and numerous other publications