We saw this being circulated on the web, via various social media, and just had to dig into it.
It puts into perspective starry-eyed optimism with practical realities
From Salon, an excerpt: What struggling cities need are jobs, and not just jobs at coffee roasteries in abandoned railroad terminals that make for great style-section articles. "The only way (a turnaround) will really happen is by reintroducing meaningful, equitably compensated work into these cities," says Catherine Tumber, author of "Small, Gritty and Green: The Promise of America’s Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low-Carbon World. "This longing can be expressed aesthetically, but it can only be satisfied by restoring the workforce."
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