Friday, March 06, 2009

Rust Belt Chic: Wheeling, WV

There is a latent mini-Nashville located in West Virginia's one-finger salute to the rest of the world:

While the steel and glass plants are long gone, and Jamboree USA is only a memory, Wheeling officials think all the history wrapped up in the Capitol Music Hall might help get the city’s struggling downtown going again. ...

... So can an old factory city find the key to revitalizing its downtown?

“I think so,” said Luis Rico-Gutierrez, director of the Remaking Cities Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. “But it is more a matter of attitudes than a matter of scales or money. They need to understand that culture is as important as steel was.”

Remaking Cities Institute at CMU? I'm always the last to know.

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