Can the Midwest regain its economic clout?

Friday 11 January, 2008

I read the article titled above by Richard Longworth, formerly foreign correspondent with the Chicago Tribune & now a fellow with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, in the Chicago Tribune magazine which is a scathing indictment of small-town midwestern governments & economic development organizations dropping the ball in not anticipating the globalization of the 21st century. I can’t deny that all of what he says is true but I guess my biggest problem with the article is that it’s all gloom & doom with no prescriptions for the future. I recognize that people read more bad news than good, but presenting problems without solutions only serves to stir things up. Recounting many different versions of the same story played out in different locations in the Midwest simply hammers the point home. I realize he has a book which possibly presents more solutions than what must be an excerpt, but there aren’t any references to those. The article is a bit of a bait & switch in that it details how the Midwest has lost its clout, but doesn’t provide any means for regaining it.


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