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How the hell did we let this happen? Cleveland, then and now

Kaid Benfield

Posted September 14, 2011 at 1:36PM

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Cleveland's warehouse district in the 1960s:

  Cleveland, 1960s (from vintage postcard via Angie Schmitt & Kate Giammarise, rustwire.com)

The same district, from almost exactly the same perspective, today:

  Cleveland, today (via Angie Schmitt & Kate Giammarise, rustwire.com)

The two images come via Angie Schmitt & Kate Giammarise of Rust Wire, a website "intended to consolidate thoughtful, constructive stories about post-industrial cities across the Rust Belt."  According to the site, it was developed by two former newspaper reporters with ties to five Rust Belt cities and is maintained with help from others.

I like it, and not just because they first published the photos a year ago in a post in which they were kind enough to cite one of mine.  The images resurfaced yesterday, including in a Rust Wire post authored by Richey Piiparinen, also featuring a YouTube video of The Pretenders' classic "My City Was gone."  Keep up the good work.

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