The great thing about blogging is the connections you make.

In a post a while back, I called for photos of the Rust Belt–and was subsequently linked to Howard Hsu, a photographer living in Seattle, who was kind enough to let me feature his work on my site. This post, and my previous post, feature photographs Howard took on his Rust Belt tour in 2014.

Been to any of these places? Were you as surprised as I was to learn that Toledo was once a major glass-making hub? Visited any of these spots since 2014? How have they changed.

Here’s what Howard Hsu, photographer, wrote about his Rust Belt visit:

Transition and reinvention in the U.S. rust belt in 2014–Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Youngstown and Toledo.

The former bastions of the 20th Century industrial machine–empires built on auto, steel, glass, rubber and large-scale manufacturing–that changed the modern world but now struggle to keep up.

From art to biomedical and robotics to urban farming and community programs, each city is searching for ways to transform its economy and perhaps identity.


4 thoughts on “The Rust Belt: Photos by Howard Hsu

  1. Reblogged this on Rust Belt Girl and commented:

    Rebecca here: I just recently got a cell phone that takes real photos, which I can actually get off my phone and post on the ol’ blog, when they’re worthy. It seems I’m edging toward the 21st century at last. However, my snap-and-shooting can hardly be called photography. And so I am indebted to those artists who can truly capture the glories of their natural and man-made landscapes and am re-sharing some with you today. Do you live in a Rust Belt-ish place? Do you take photos? If so, let me know. I’d love to connect here!


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