Ten Living Cities

Last year, on this day, Forbes.com released an article that ranked America’s top 10 “fastest dying cities.” Cities were ranked based on an analysis that considered population change, economic growth, unemployment rates and other socio-economic indicators. According to the article, this list represented the ten cities that have faired the worst since the start of the 21st century. Based on their analysis, Forbes concluded that Ohio and its cities have struggled more than any other place in America. Ohio accounted for four (Cleveland, Youngstown, Canton and Dayton) of the ten fastest dying cities, by far the most of any state. Like Ohio’s cities, the other six cities that made the list had strong roots in the manufacturing industry. Fast-forward to one year later. Generally, the socio-economic conditions have not improved, and have likely worsened, for these ten cities. However, rather than wallowing in their collective sorrows for the past year these cities have, instead,  mobilized to prove that they are all but dying. This joint effort is set to culminate this weekend at the Ten Living Cities symposium and arts festival in Dayton, Ohio. A collection of artists, activists, public official, local leaders and concerned citizens from each of the ten cities will travel to Ohio (appropriately) to share innovative practices, ideas and local artwork. All this is designed to demonstrate that although these cities may suffer from some negative trends, they are still home to creative and lively individuals who are dedicated to transforming these trends. For more information visit the Ten Living Cities website.