Does your pronunciation match your location?
Josh Katz and North Carolina State University has an awesome quiz just for you about dialect. Mine was spot on. I lived within an hour of my #1 and 3 cities and lived in #4 for several years.
I stumbled across the site while researching some deindustrialization just for fun, and I’m just blown away. Detroiturbex.com is a project illustrating the decline and renewal of Detroit, a city hit very hard from white flight, manufacturing sector shrinkage, and a severe decrease in population. This project documents the history of the city’s most landmark sites and where they are today.
This type of project has always fascinated me. Growing up along the Old National Road in rural Indiana, I was always intrigued by the slews of abandoned schools, store fronts and motels strung along US 40. After college, I moved to Muncie, Indiana, a city similar to Detroit in both its history of motor manufacturing, economic boom and swift decline on a much smaller scale. I spent three years living in a city that was once the glass manufacturing capital of the world, with manufacturing capacities of a variety of business and a huge number of companies supporting the auto business.
As with most cities in the Rust Belt, Muncie’s population decline rapidly when its industries were gone. Whole sections of town where filled with abandoned homes, huge lots with vast factories closed, and vacant lots covering five or six square blocks in the middle of the city.
A city in decline can be a sad sight, but it can also serve as a reminder of the huge number of people who once called it home. For every vacant lot, there’s a story of family, hope, and people forging a way for themselves in our world. And there’s hope for community and the future.