Why the 21st century will see migration back to the Rust Belt
In the 20th century there was a mass migration to the Sun Belt, because everyone thought that living in a warm climate and having a big house would make them happy, even though actually it made us diabetic and addicted to oxycontin.
But now that climate change means the Sun Belt is becoming the Drought Belt, you might want to go north, says NRDC’s Kaid Benfield — unless you like living in a desert slum made out of crumbling McMansions and ruled over by teen superpredators whose street-legal assault rifles sport Ron Paul stickers, that is.
Pittsburgh and other post-industrial cities are much better positioned for a future where “water is going to become more important than oil.” Twenty percent of the surface fresh water in the world, it turns out, is in the watersheds and water bodies of the Great Lakes and American Upper Midwest.
Better yet, just keep on rolling until you’re in Canada.
- Where Pittsburgh Has the Sun Belt Beat , Atlantic Cities
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