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The Industrial Heartland of the United States

Erin Mahaney, ThoughtCo., January 21, 2020

The term “Rust Belt” refers to what once served as the hub of American Industry. Located in the Great Lakes region, the Rust Belt covers much of the American Midwest (map). Also known as the “Industrial Heartland of North America”, the Great Lakes and nearby Appalachia were utilized for transportation and natural resources. This combination enabled the thriving coal and steel industries. Today, the landscape is characterized by the presence of old factory towns and post-industrial skylines.

New Data Map Reminds Us Cleveland Is Hyper-Segregated

Vince Grzegorek, Scene, May 10, 2018

Segregation, and especially hyper-segregation, is at the heart of many societal and economic inequalities. The racial partition of Cleveland’s neighborhoods stretches back so far now it’s baked into the city’s DNA, and it ties directly back institutional housing segregation.

Our Collective Ignorance About the Rust Belt Is Getting Dangerous

Anne Trubek, Time, April 3, 2018

Segregation, and especially hyper-segregation, is at the heart of many societal and economic inequalities. The racial partition of Cleveland’s neighborhoods stretches back so far now it’s baked into the city’s DNA, and it ties directly back institutional housing segregation.

Cleveland illustrates, starkly, the challenges and opportunities of the country

Chinenye Nkemere and Bethany Studenic position Cleveland as a laboratory for thinking through the 21st-century issues that our country as a whole must work through, “economic catastrophe, climate emergency, and a national reckoning on race,” describing the city as “…a majority-Black city in a Rust Belt swing state nestled along one of the world’s largest sources of surface freshwater in the Great Lakes. In fact, there is perhaps no better setting to encapsulate this American moment.” In the piece, they elaborate on the following points: Cleveland is the poorest large city in America; the city continues to be economically and racially segregated; Cleveland is the worst city in America for Black women; Cleveland is a case study in systemic injustice; Cleveland is lagging in access to quality education, especially when it comes to online resources; COVID-19 has exacerbated health disparities in the city; and Cleveland is on the cusp of climate emergency.

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