Once the centre of the country’s booming steel industry and known as the City of the Century, Gary, Indiana now lies in ruins as a sad example of American industrial decline.
Founded in 1906 by the US Steel Corporation, Gary’s heyday was in the post-war boom of the 1950s when almost 200,000 people lived and worked in the bustling city, 25 miles from Chicago.
As the American manufacturing sector contracted, Gary’s population fell by over 50 percent and no one now uses the once bustling train stations, churches and auditoriums that are now decaying as they are left to the elements.
Gary has been like this for decades. The city is not in decline; it has already fallen to the depths of decay. The article itself blames foreign competition and later lets the brainless Cynthia McKinney share her confused thoughts. She probably believes government is the panacea for everything.
Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged comes to mind when I think about Gary. Everyone that could do something fled that town and now all that inhabit it are the hard cases and the public aid layabouts. Detroit shares the same fate. I wonder if Chicago is next.