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26th Mar '17 9:56:22 AM theek01
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* ''Literature/AllTheWrongQuestions'' takes place in one of these, called Stain'd-by-the-Sea.

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* ''Literature/AllTheWrongQuestions'' takes place in one of these, called Stain'd-by-the-Sea. It used to be a prosperous town thanks to ink harvesting industry, but eventually the number of ink-creating octopi started dwindling, so the biggest company in town, Ink Inc., drained the surrounding oceans to get at the remaining ones. This made things worse, as it killed of the rest of the octopi, and screwed up a lot of other businesses that relied on tourism. By the time the series starts, almost everyone has left to find better opportunities in the city.



* Stain'd-by-the-Sea from ''Literature/AllTheWrongQuestions'' use to be a prosperous town thanks to ink harvesting industry. But eventually the number of ink creating octopi dwindled so the biggest company in town, Ink Inc., drained the surrounding oceans to get at the remaining octopi. This made things worse, it killed of the rest of the octopi, and screwed up a lot of other businesses that relied on tourism. By the time the series starts almost everyone has left to find better opportunities in the city.
16th Mar '17 1:28:54 PM megarockman
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* A pretty unique example in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centralia,_Pennsylvania Centralia, Pennsylvania]]. In 1962, the underground trash landfill that used to be a coal seam was set on fire to clear it, producing both heat and toxic fumes that eventually started breaking through to the surface. By 1984, the government determined that the town was uninhabitable, and it would be so expensive to put out the fire that it was cheaper to buy all the homes and relocate the entire population. Around 50 residents refused to move, despite the lack of anything to sustain a town. As of 2010, there were still 10 people living there.

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* A pretty unique example in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centralia,_Pennsylvania Centralia, Pennsylvania]]. In 1962, the underground trash landfill that used to be a coal seam was set on fire to clear it, producing both heat and toxic fumes that eventually started breaking through to the surface. By 1984, the government determined that the town was uninhabitable, and it would be so expensive to put out the fire that it was cheaper to buy all the homes and relocate the entire population. Around 50 residents refused to move, despite the lack of anything to sustain a town. As of 2010, there were still 10 October 2013 this trope is being legally enforced by court settlement - once the seven people still living there.there die their property will be turned over to the State of Pennsylvania, but in the meantime the state will not be allowed to use eminent domain to evict them.
7th Mar '17 11:23:14 PM Canama
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* ''VideoGame/NightInTheWoods'' is set in Possum Springs, an old blue-collar mining town in the Midwest. The mine's closed up, and the jobs are gone. Nobody there's got any real future, and they all know it. [[spoiler:[[TownWithADarkSecret A cult, which worships an eldritch god supposedly living in the mine, hopes that by appeasing their patron deity with sacrifices they can revive the town.]]]]
28th Feb '17 10:13:33 AM marcoasalazarm
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* A running sub-plot throughout the ''Franchise/{{Robocop}}'' franchise is Detroit being a horrible place to live in general and OCP doing its damnedest to kick residents out of their homes in order to have enough land to make "Delta City", which would both revive the city and turn it into OneNationUnderCopyright.

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* A running sub-plot throughout the ''Franchise/{{Robocop}}'' franchise is Detroit being a horrible place to live in general and OCP doing its damnedest to kick residents out of their homes in order to have enough land to make "Delta City", which would both revive the city and turn it into OneNationUnderCopyright.OneNationUnderCopyright (it's also heavily implied that they want to do their "Delta City" project on Detroit because the U.S. Government has pretty much given up on trying to keep the city alive).
28th Feb '17 10:12:22 AM marcoasalazarm
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* A running sub-plot throughout the ''Franchise/{{Robocop}}'' franchise is Detroit being a horrible place to live in general and OCP doing its damnedest to kick residents out of their homes in order to have enough land to make "Delta City", which would both revive the city and turn it into OneNationUnderCopyright.
18th Jan '17 12:03:52 PM john_e
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* Cullerne, the setting of ''Literature/TheNebulyCoat'' by John Meade Falkner, is a harbour that lost its purpose when the river silted up.
6th Jan '17 8:26:41 PM Ezclee4050
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* Jean Shepherd gave this feeling to Hammond, Indiana in his collection of short stories, ''In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash''.

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* Jean Shepherd Creator/JeanShepherd gave this feeling to Hammond, Indiana in his collection of short stories, ''In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash''.
3rd Jan '17 11:48:35 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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* [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkState Upstate New York]], in addition to the usual Rust Belt problems, also had to deal with the loss of the Erie Canal as a viable shipping route after the St. Lawrence Seaway made it obsolete. UsefulNotes/{{Rochester}} was dealt a particularly massive blow around the TurnOfTheMillennium because its economy was heavily dependent on [[Creator/EastmanKodak Kodak]], which was almost lethally slow to adjust to the digital-photography revolution. Thankfully, it [[http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/17/nyregion/despite-long-slide-by-kodak-rochester-avoids-decay.html?_r=1 bounced back]] due to its thriving arts scene. Perhaps just in time, as Kodak filed for bankruptcy shortly after the renaissance. Many of its fellow cities, namely Albany, Syracuse, Schenectady, and Utica, were not so lucky; even Buffalo, which managed to avoid total decrepitude, still has a lot of examples of post-industrial rot scattered throughout the city.

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* [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkState Upstate New York]], in addition to the usual Rust Belt problems, also had to deal with the loss of the Erie Canal as a viable shipping route after the St. Lawrence Seaway made it obsolete. UsefulNotes/{{Rochester}} was dealt a particularly massive blow around the TurnOfTheMillennium because its economy was heavily dependent on [[Creator/EastmanKodak Kodak]], which was almost lethally slow to adjust to the digital-photography revolution. Thankfully, it [[http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/17/nyregion/despite-long-slide-by-kodak-rochester-avoids-decay.html?_r=1 bounced back]] due to the tech industry and its thriving arts scene. Perhaps scene, and just in time, as Kodak filed for bankruptcy shortly after the renaissance. Many of its fellow Albany, Ithaca, and to a lesser extent Syracuse also survived due to their universities and, in Albany's case, the state government. Unfortunately, many other upstate cities, namely Albany, Syracuse, like Schenectady, and Troy, Binghamton, Rome, Utica, and Niagara Falls, were not so lucky; even lucky. Even Buffalo, which managed to avoid total decrepitude, still has a lot of examples of post-industrial rot scattered throughout the city.city, its population having fallen by over half.



* The Niagara Region in Ontario has been in slow decline since the 1970s. There used to be much manufacturing along the Niagara River and Welland Canal, but cheaper products from elsewhere have caused all but a couple of the factories to go bust. The tourist industry took a major hit in 2001 after 9/11, followed by the SARS outbreak, both of which discouraged the usual American tourists from crossing the border. The area now mostly runs on the casinos, wineries, and agriculture.

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* The Niagara Region in Ontario Ontario, much like upstate New York across the river, has been in slow decline since the 1970s. There used to be much manufacturing along the Niagara River and Welland Canal, but cheaper products from elsewhere have caused all but a couple of the factories to go bust. The tourist industry took a major hit in 2001 after 9/11, followed by the SARS outbreak, both of which discouraged the usual American tourists from crossing the border. The area now mostly runs on the casinos, wineries, and agriculture.
20th Dec '16 8:35:00 PM HasturHasturHastur
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Most of the inhabitants will be older folks, safely retired or desperately holding on to what few remaining paying jobs there are. There are relatively few younger adults--most have fled to greener pastures, and the remaining ones are either dedicated to something in the town or resent being trapped by obligations. The teenagers and children are likewise mostly [[SmallTownBoredom interested in leaving as soon as they can manage it]], and woe betide the kid whose parents inexplicably decide to move to Dying Town from the big city.

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Most of the inhabitants will be older folks, safely retired or desperately holding on to what few remaining paying jobs there are. There are relatively few younger adults--most have fled to greener pastures, and the remaining ones are either dedicated to something in the town or resent being trapped by obligations. The teenagers and children are likewise mostly [[SmallTownBoredom interested in leaving as soon as they can manage it]], and woe betide the kid whose parents inexplicably decide to move to Dying Town from the big city.
city. Worse still is the kid who had a good shot at leaving, but wound up getting yanked right back in by circumstances (frequently a CareerEndingInjury, unplanned pregnancy, or ailing parents) and never recovered.
13th Dec '16 8:08:55 AM KrspaceT
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* ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'''s Cynthia comes from one of these as shown in her oneshot.
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