Lights over Cleveland's popular 4th Street. (Photo: Edsel L on Flickr)
The Rust Belt Revival - Details Magazine
"Maybe it hit you this past Super Bowl when you saw Clint Eastwood's rousing, Chrysler-sponsored paean to the resilience of Detroit: Motown's rebirth has become a metaphor for red, white, and blue fortitude in the face of adversity. But the Motor City is just the buckle on the Rust Belt, an entire region whose very name speaks of decline and decay but which is now determinedly -- and definitively -- finding its way forward."
15 Scenic Cities of the Rust Belt - RustWire.com
"No one can deny the awe-inspiring scenic beauty of Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego, or Salt Lake City. But, often overlooked are the splendid topographic and geographic settings where a number of Rust Belt cities are situated. Beautiful city settings of the Rust Belt may not get the national notoriety and ink of their western competitors, but some are equally endowed with great scenery."
Buffalo, You Are Not Alone - Urbanophile
"These cities aren’t sexy. They aren’t hip. They don’t have the cachet of a Portland or Seattle. The creative class isn’t flocking. They are behind in the new economy, in the green economy. Look at any survey of the “best” cities and find the usual suspects of New York, Austin, San Francisco. Look at yet another Forbes “ten worst” list and see Cleveland and Toledo kicked again when they are down. They are portrayed as hopeless basket cases with no hope and no future."
Detroit's Castle Building Gets the Love it Deserves - Curbed: Detroit
"People passing through Grand River and Cass might mistake the castle building on the triangular corner as an old relic of Detroit's 18th century past as part of New France. [...] Long empty, the building was recently purchased by Detroit creative studio Mindfield. The company is currently in the midst of an expensive rehab of this Detroit classic that should finish by fall 2013."
Pop-up storefronts proving popular Downtown - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Pop-ups long have been popular in other cities, including New York. In some cases, big-name retailers occupy pop-up locations for no more than a month. Pittsburgh chose its first 11 pop-ups from among 90 or so applicants. They'll get free rent for as long as a year, thanks to a $25,000 grant..."
Chicago's Screen Gems - Crain's Chicago Business
"Chicago's neighborhoods are dotted with the architectural remnants of a bygone era—opulent movie palaces, some in working order and others, like the Uptown Theater, dilapidated remains of their once-grander selves. Like Dickens' Miss Havisham dressed in her decrepit wedding finery waiting for her groom, many of these gilt-encrusted theaters are muted by dust and cobwebs, waiting for their audience. And it may be arriving."
Home of Chicago Rail Cars Set to Undergo Renovation - The New York Times
"At its peak, the town of Pullman housed upward of 12,000 people in a parklike setting 12 miles south of downtown Chicago. They worked at the Pullman Palace Car Company, and spent their time and money in housing, schools, churches and stores built just for them by George Pullman, the company’s founder and one of the world’s wealthiest men."
Life and Death of Milwaukee's Sydney Hih - Fading Nostalgia
"[For] me and a host of other musicians and artists in Milwaukee, this building once thrived in Bohemian splendor: a famous club sat in the basement with four floors of artist residences, shops and studios above. Decades ago, The Unicorn bar hosted performances by various acclaimed bands before they rounded the corner into fame and fortune: Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, Green Day, Garbage and Smashing Pumpkins, to name just a handful—the latter two I was lucky enough to see myself."