Rusting Opportunities




A recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinal article lamented an undesirable ranking of the newspaper's home city. Milwaukee has moved up seven spots in a two year span on the nation's most impoverished cities rankings. In 2008, Milwaukee was ranked number eleven and now it is ranked number four. Even more startling is that the top five in the ranking are all major rust belt cities that share historical patterns of migration and segregation along with economical fluctuations. The article listed the top five poorest cities as Detroit, Cleveland, Buffalo, Milwaukee and St. Louis in order of rank. It is obvious that the economic vitality of these cities greatly depended on the industrial sector. Across the board, these cities have more than a quarter of their population in poverty. With specific hyper segregated neighborhoods in isolation, the proportion of jobless adults can rise to three quarters of the population. The gloomy rise in poverty has ramifications beyond the city borders as the surrounding suburbs, state and nation are all in recession. These undustrial titans of the past once coveted blue collar ready workers in the masses; however, the former national opportunistic gems now bear the effects of an industrial depletion.
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