until now (though they need to make it more walkable)...odegaard said:Pittsburgh was America's manufacturing center during the 1800's, most known for it's steel mills. It was never a beautiful city.
Yes, but those cities have others sources of activity like financial, services and technological sectors. It's obvious that any big city in the US or in any developed country will have an important industrial activity.The Great Hizzy! said:Chicago, Houston & Los Angeles are also strong industrial cities. People don't realize how much chemical and petroleum refining is done in Los Angeles, for example.
Detroit's economy is still based largely in the automotive industry. But it's hardly the industrial heart of the automotive world. While it is true that Michigan still produces a lot of cars, the majority of the actual vehicle and parts production has moved out of state to cheaper areas of the world. In reality, Detroit is no longer the muscle of the industry, but the brain of the industry. It's where the decisions are made, it's where the cars are engineered, it's where the new technologies are developed. Not only do the American brands have most of their high-tech facilities in the region, but other companies such as Hyundai, Nissan and Toyota have recently opened design, engineering, and research facilities in the Detroit area.gronier said:But the economy of Detroit is almost entirely based on the industrial production, of cars specially, so that is what it makes it an industrial city.