Ten Dead American Cities

Buffalo and Flint lead the way
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2010 3:19 PM CDT
Ten Dead American Cities
The cleanup of a multiple shooting outside a Buffalo restaurant. Crime is one reason Buffalo is No. 1 on the 'dead cities' list.   (AP Photo/ David Duprey)

It's another cities-in-trouble list, although this one from 24/7 Wall St declares these "desolate urbanscapes" not just dying but dead. (For the usual reasons of population loss, manufacturing exodus, crime, etc.) Here's the top 5:

  1. Buffalo: "Wounded irreparably by the de-industrialization of America."
  2. Flint: It's simple: "In 1960, GM employed 80,000 people in Flint and it employs fewer than 8,000 today."

  1. Hartford: It used to be an insurance mecca. But, geez, even "The Hartford" is gone now.
  2. Cleveland: It once thrived on steel, rubber, and autos. Enough said.
  3. New Orleans: Katrina sped things up, but the real demise here began in the 1970s.
Click the link for the full list, which includes New York's capital and, yes, Detroit.
(More manufacturing stories.)

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