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23rd Jul '17 3:48:15 PM Iris
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* [[Literature/IAmNotASerialKiller Clayton]] is a town where infection set in recently, but it's declining fast. John compares it to roadkill, a town rotting by the side of the road. By ''I Don't Want to Kill You'', it's begun to border on the WretchedHive variant, with dirty secrets popping up everywhere. TheFilmOfTheBook milks this for all its worth, atmosphere-wise, resulting in an muted, arthouse gothic feel.
28th Jun '17 3:30:24 PM LentilSandEater
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** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' has Goodsprings, which never truly picked up in the first place. Some endings have the town prospering, or at least gaining a semblance of normalcy while other endings have the town being abandoned by all but the most stubborn for fear of the Legion or massacred and left to die by the Courier.
*** Boulder is one too, having been bombed to hell during the first war with the Legion. Only a bartender and some soldiers are left.
*** Primm too, having hit by bandits recently. The NCR, independent and even some Legion endings ressurect the town to some extent.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' has the village of Arefu, which has all of four people left.
*** Andale has a close-knit community of seven, several of whom seem oblivious to the fact that the war happened. Given the... [[ImAHumanitarian appetites]] of the locals, there's a reason why not more people move in. For long.
** Almost every settlement in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout4}}'' not named Diamond City, Goodneighbor, or Bunker Hill is this. The player can revitalize this combination of Dying towns and Ghost towns into a thriving network of settlements, [[EarnYourHappyEnding through great effort]].

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* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'':
** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' has There's Goodsprings, which never truly picked up in the first place. Some endings have the town prospering, or at least gaining a semblance of normalcy while other endings have the town being abandoned by all but the most stubborn for fear of the Legion or massacred and left to die by the Courier.
*** ** Boulder is one too, having been bombed to hell during the first war with the Legion. Only a bartender and some soldiers are left.
*** ** Primm too, having hit by bandits recently. The NCR, independent and even some Legion endings ressurect the town to some extent.
** * ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' has the 3}}'':
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village of Arefu, which has all of four people left.
*** ** Andale has a close-knit community of seven, several of whom seem oblivious to the fact that the war happened. Given the... [[ImAHumanitarian appetites]] of the locals, there's a reason why not more people move in. For long.
** * Almost every settlement in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout4}}'' not named Diamond City, Goodneighbor, or Bunker Hill is this. The player can revitalize this combination of Dying towns and Ghost towns into a thriving network of settlements, [[EarnYourHappyEnding through great effort]].
27th Jun '17 11:22:36 PM angie710
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May be the hometown of a cast member, and a visit to it will explain a lot about her. Sometimes overlaps with TownWithADarkSecret, especially in the mystery and horror genres. It also sometimes overlaps with WretchedHive when the problems that tend to plague impoverished towns full of people who are there because they can't get out set in, especially if the area was dependent on manufacturing and now has no livable jobs; when people get desperate, some will inevitably turn to crime. A common plotline in more idealistic stories is for a new inhabitant to find some way of turning things around and restoring the town's prosperity, especially if it is a CloseKnitCommunity that can rally around him. A more cynical twist has the newcomer promising this to con the remaining inhabitants out of their meager savings.

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May be the hometown of a cast member, and a visit to it will explain a lot about her. Sometimes overlaps with TownWithADarkSecret, especially in the mystery and horror genres. It also sometimes overlaps with WretchedHive when the problems that tend to plague impoverished towns full of people who are there because they can't get out set in, especially if the area was dependent on manufacturing and now has no livable jobs; when people get desperate, some will inevitably turn to crime.crime, or [[DrowningMySorrows turn to drugs and alcohol in an attempt to cope with the stress]]. A common plotline in more idealistic stories is for a new inhabitant to find some way of turning things around and restoring the town's prosperity, especially if it is a CloseKnitCommunity that can rally around him. A more cynical twist has the newcomer promising this to con the remaining inhabitants out of their meager savings.
16th Jun '17 1:32:58 PM LaurelHS
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16th Jun '17 1:28:55 PM LaurelHS
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* "A Howling Dust" by Music/{{Cormorant}} has the two (Hornitos, CA) dying towards the end.

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* "A Howling Dust" by Music/{{Cormorant}} has the two town (Hornitos, CA) dying towards the end.
16th Jun '17 1:27:46 PM LaurelHS
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* "Death To My Hometown" by ''Music/BruceSpringsteen.
30th May '17 9:04:46 PM angie710
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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. 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.

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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. 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, an economic downturn that affects even the places where there were better opportunities, or ailing parents) and never recovered.
30th May '17 8:55:18 PM angie710
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Easily spotted by the number of buildings that are shuttered or boarded up, particularly on its main thoroughfare. The streets are nearly empty of vehicles, and the grass hasn't been cut around quite a few houses. Quite a few of said houses will have a barking dog tied to a cinderblock, inoperable vehicles and/or appliances in varying degrees of decay rusting on the lawn, possibly some lawn ornaments that are considered "tacky," or holiday decorations unironically left in place even though it's August, and [[LowerClassLout inhabitants]] who spend their days sitting out front in cheap plastic lawn chairs with a cigarette perpetually clutched between two outstretched fingers and a cheap beer in the other hand. If you ask, the inhabitants will tell you NothingExcitingEverHappensHere. At least not since the rutabaga factory burnt down, or the hot springs dried up, or Bigville got the freeway exit. The economy, meanwhile, probably hinges on monthly benefits payments, and the local Wal-Mart is likely the de facto town meeting place.

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Easily spotted by the number of buildings that are shuttered or boarded up, particularly on its main thoroughfare. The streets are nearly empty of vehicles, and the grass hasn't been cut around quite a few houses. Quite a few of said houses will have a barking dog tied to a cinderblock, inoperable vehicles and/or appliances in varying degrees of decay rusting on the lawn, possibly some lawn ornaments that are considered "tacky," or holiday decorations unironically left in place even though it's August, and [[LowerClassLout inhabitants]] who spend their days sitting out front in cheap plastic lawn chairs with a cigarette perpetually clutched between two outstretched fingers and a cheap beer in the other hand. There may also be children running amok in the yard while the adults pay them no mind. If you ask, the inhabitants will tell you NothingExcitingEverHappensHere. At least not since the rutabaga factory burnt down, or the hot springs dried up, or Bigville got the freeway exit. The economy, meanwhile, probably hinges on monthly benefits payments, and the local Wal-Mart is likely the de facto town meeting place.
30th May '17 8:53:55 PM angie710
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Easily spotted by the number of buildings that are shuttered or boarded up, particularly on its main thoroughfare. The streets are nearly empty of vehicles, and the grass hasn't been cut around quite a few houses. Quite a few of said houses will have a barking dog tied to a cinderblock, inoperable vehicles in varying degrees of decay rusting on the lawn, and inhabitants who spend their days sitting out front in cheap plastic lawn chairs with a cigarette perpetually clutched between two outstretched fingers. If you ask, the inhabitants will tell you NothingExcitingEverHappensHere. At least not since the rutabaga factory burnt down, or the hot springs dried up, or Bigville got the freeway exit. The economy, meanwhile, probably hinges on monthly benefits payments, and the local Wal-Mart is likely the de facto town meeting place.

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Easily spotted by the number of buildings that are shuttered or boarded up, particularly on its main thoroughfare. The streets are nearly empty of vehicles, and the grass hasn't been cut around quite a few houses. Quite a few of said houses will have a barking dog tied to a cinderblock, inoperable vehicles and/or appliances in varying degrees of decay rusting on the lawn, possibly some lawn ornaments that are considered "tacky," or holiday decorations unironically left in place even though it's August, and inhabitants [[LowerClassLout inhabitants]] who spend their days sitting out front in cheap plastic lawn chairs with a cigarette perpetually clutched between two outstretched fingers.fingers and a cheap beer in the other hand. If you ask, the inhabitants will tell you NothingExcitingEverHappensHere. At least not since the rutabaga factory burnt down, or the hot springs dried up, or Bigville got the freeway exit. The economy, meanwhile, probably hinges on monthly benefits payments, and the local Wal-Mart is likely the de facto town meeting place.
13th May '17 12:38:09 PM nombretomado
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* This was and to a great extent still is a problem in Britain, which ran its industrial base ragged during the Second World War and was forced to nationalize many heavy industries to prevent their total collapse. Then TheEighties happened and things got worse. As mentioned above, if you ever visit one of these towns, [[BerserkButton do NOT mention]] MargaretThatcher.

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* This was and to a great extent still is a problem in Britain, which ran its industrial base ragged during the Second World War and was forced to nationalize many heavy industries to prevent their total collapse. Then TheEighties happened and things got worse. As mentioned above, if you ever visit one of these towns, [[BerserkButton do NOT mention]] MargaretThatcher.UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher.
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