06 August 2008

Is bad publicity better than no publicity at all?

Forbes has published its list of the top ten dying cities in America. Don't expect to see Forbes ads on the sides of buses in Cleveland any time soon.

All of the dying cities could be described loosely as rust belt. But I wonder if Springfield MA and Charleston WV really belongs on the same list as the others. Both have things going on which could easily lead one to believe that they aren't dying - while Scranton's shift from Coal to Cool will probably end as soon as NBC cancels The Office.

Forbes mentioned New Orleans, but left it off the list even though it has experienced a serious economic and population setback. I guess it has potential that the others don't have.

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