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  •  There is always a little ecomomy that grows around (4+ / 0-)
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    a successful factory. The bar, the party store, the gas station and the restaurant all depend on the people with good jobs going to and from work. the workers meet in these places and address problems and help each other.

    I live in Michigan and when the factories close the neighborhoods start dying.

    •  It's how ghost towns are made. (2+ / 0-)
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      First the gold dried up, then the silver ran out
      then the whisky ran out, then the beer run out
      then Mittens closed the only factory and the people left.
      (From the Outlaw Josey Obama)

      The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 04:09:04 PM PDT

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    •  Runaway shops (1+ / 0-)
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      is how my hometown died.  Among other companies, it was the birthplace of AmPad, notoriously killed off by Bain Capital.  Today it has half the population it had when I was born there, and it's only that high because a new immigrant generation discovered that it was a place with plenty of full-size family apartments that were affordable.  (Emptied out by the workers from the mills that went away.)

      Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

      by ActivistGuy on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 04:19:35 PM PDT

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      •  Marion, Indiana? (1+ / 0-)
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        I lived there for about 5 years in the late 70's. My sister and her husband had a tavern near a large factory. It was a rowdy, energized neighborhood.

        It would be too sad to see the place now.

        •  Holyoke, Mass. (1+ / 0-)
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          AmPad had almost completely left town (except for one warehouse) by the time Bain killed it, but for 75 years or so it employed thousands in Holyoke.

          Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

          by ActivistGuy on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 05:33:58 PM PDT

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