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  • Writer's pictureVinod K. Jain

Old is New Again

Updated: Jan 23, 2023

Many of the manufacturing estates and cities in what was once known as the Rust Belt have experienced a transformational spit and polish in recent years — so much so that some of them positively shine with dynamism built around high technology and creative industries.

What I have found is that the old, abandoned industrial sites have been converted into new productive uses in hundreds of cities across the United States and around the world. The story of converting former abandoned industrial sites into new powerhouses of creative and high-tech industries is a story of reinvention and renewal that is being witnessed worldwide. Cities and towns formerly known as major manufacturing hubs — the old economy — are increasingly transitioning to the new economy.

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