The old industrial city where I was born hit it’s industrial peak anywhere from 40 to 100 years ago, depending on who you ask and how you count.
Regardless, it’s been a while since this place has cracked the Top 15 amongst US cities in any categories considered economic growth. But it’s a cheap place to live, the weather is as amazingly varied as anywhere on the planet, and the residents have lots of culture, parks, and choice of neighborhood style (at least for an American city).
Here’s a time-lapse video of the big research university in town putting up it’s 1st wind turbine on campus:
This one is actually the 3rd in town (there’s one at?The Great Lakes Science Center and one owned by a private business) but this turbine is symbolic because this university could be the hub of renewable energy R&D in this part of the country, and is one of the forces behind getting the first wind farm on the US Great Lakes – the Lake Erie Wind Farm being designed off the shores of Cleveland.
Pretty cool stuff! This is all over northern europe but those governments are far more progressive (and government-controlled) than the good ole usa. At least we are trying to move forward. I know that Cleveland knows it can’t go back to manufacturing steel parts for the half of the world, but we do have the infrastructure to build whatever we choose.