An in-between space or territory in which cultures mix and interact to create new hybrid forms. See ambivalence, borderlands, heterotopia, hybridity, paradoxical space, third space.
I would characterize Rust Belt urban liminal space as the landscape beyond the purview of the inert politics crippling the economic development of the mega-region. This is where we Rust Belt Bloggers can have the greatest impact in terms of improving our cities. One of my goals for the trip back to Cleveburgh was to explore the in-between neighborhoods and business districts, what I believe to be a geography of innovation.
On that count, Youngstown delivers and exceeded my own expectations. I want to thank Janko for the tour of his city and the very generous hospitality. My imagination ran wild as I took stock of the Youngstown's numerous assets. Mill Creek is a park located within walking distance of downtown. Beautiful large houses and even mansions surround the park. I envisioned biking through the park from my home to downtown, where I worked for a start-up located in one of the grand buildings currently being renovated. The park should be extended to the doorstep of downtown to encourage such a commute and entice the students to come down from Youngstown State University (YSU) to recreate in Mill Creek. YSU is mostly a commuter campus and I would put all the parking at the downtown entrance of the park.
That's my wild dream for Youngstown. I'm under the impression that all of the above could be done. I merely need to move there and get busy. I bet people who haven't spent much time (if any) in Youngstown think I am crazy. Folks from other Rust Belt cities should make a point to visit Youngstown and other places such as Erie. The necessary links are bloggers born in one Rust Belt city currently living in another. These migrants have a greater sense of possibility than the natives who stayed. Youngstown has just such a champion, Phil Kidd. I defy anyone to meet Phil over beers at The Royal Oaks and then report that she or he still doesn't think Youngstown is capable of a renaissance.