Richey Piiparinen

Richey Piiparinen lives and writes in Cleveland. His work has appeared in Next American City, the Classical, as well as other outlets. Richey is a regular contributor to Rust Wire, and he has a baby girl named Angel Lee.

Rust Belt chic: Can gritty, beaten down cities find their inner cool?

Half of urban renewal relies on changing a blighted city’s image. So why are city rebranding campaigns such notorious failures?

The city, stripped down: How ruin porn can help rebuild the Rust Belt

Photo: BB and HHThis essay originally appeared in Rustwire. Living in the Rust Belt, one becomes accustomed to things that many people would find shocking. Examples: Not long ago, I saw the façade of an abandoned building fall out of …