This site is intended to consolidate and develop news and information about post-industrial Great Lakes cities. It was developed by two former newspaper reporters with ties to Cleveland, Toledo and Youngstown, Ohio and Erie and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We’ve noted that there is a lot of good information about Rust Belt issues coming from blogs and the mainstream media. We hope to sort out the good stuff and summarize it for problem solvers and concerned citizens from Buffalo to St. Louis.

We also intend to develop some original stories and photography. Any writers, videographers or photographers that are willing to contribute please contact us at rustbeltnews@gmail.com. Also, if there’s any thing we’ve overlooked, or any exciting initiatives that might be worth featuring, please let us know.



Angie Schmitt & Kate Giammarise

6 responses to “About

  1. Kate,

    The site looks GREAT! I like the clean simplicity of the design. Nothing to distract from the content (which, of course I haven’t read YET, but will).

    Good luck to both of you. Maybe I’ll see you March.

  2. bravenewtoledo

    I was wondering what you two were up to. Love the blog. I was working on a Toledo focused blog for a couple weeks but then I flaked… Keep up the good work.

  3. Judy

    Love this!! clean, easy to read ( for a senior citizen like me) and informative!! Keep up the great work and I look forward to following..

  4. Special K

    Thanks for reading, all.

  5. Angie,

    I got your name/website from Shaheen. I was wondering if you might be interested in helping us out with an article about the current real estate status of Ohio City for our upcoming issue of the Ohio City Argus? We’d greatly appreciate your expertise and you’d be able to put that info on your website if you like… drop me a line when you can, our deadline is May 15th.


  6. Hey Kate,

    I like the blog. Very well designed. So this is what you’re up to… I’ll pass this along to my rustbelt friends and fam. Keep up the good work!


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