Rising Above the Rust Belt, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Matthew Niemi’s photostream

Rustbelt Almanac is a new quarterly magazine that takes a look at “the industrious people of the Rust Belt.” While manufacturing may have left this region, the work ethic of its artists, craftsman, laborers and entrepreneurs have not and are building something brand new. What better person to take on the subject of the rebirth of the Rust Belt than the Mayor Elect of Pittsburgh: Bill Peduto. Below is an excerpt from his article in Rustbelt Almanac. You can read the entire piece here.

The Rust Belt built America. We built the middle class and sparked the Industrial Revolution. We built the skyscrapers that house the economic engines of the United States and the world. We are the heart of this country and we are on the cusp of a major transformation.

The land that our parents and grandparents came to is no longer the same smoky cities their labor built. The future of the Rust Belt is contingent on a new wave of innovation in clean energy, technology, urban agriculture, and cutting edge education. The region’s leaders have the opportunity — the responsibility — to harness the same dynamism and innovative spirit that built the America of the 20th century and channel it into building a 21st century America with good jobs, a stronger middle class, walkable, authentic, economically diverse neighborhoods, and modern transit infrastructure.


3-D Printer, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Andrea Schwalm’s photostream