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1st Dec '17 6:36:16 PM angie710
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* On ''Series/AdamRuinsEverything'', Adam meets a 50-year-old man who is dismayed because he lost his job, since the toaster factory went out of business, which was what his town was centered around. His family had worked in it for generations. Adam explains to him that just as economies grow and change, so must people. The man he's talking to decides to go BackToSchool and gain some new skills so he can get a new job.
* Camden on ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' seems to be this. Most of its residents are low-income and uneducated, and Earl mentions that if you hadn't left town by JuniorHigh, odds are, you never would.
13th Nov '17 7:09:44 AM HasturHasturHastur
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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.

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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.
place. The few jobs that do still exist are either part-time and pay minimum wage (or not much more) with no or terrible benefits, or are full-time unskilled labor positions that pay terribly. If there is a decent-paying job available that doesn't require higher education or specialized training, it's probably dangerous, unpleasant, and likely to necessitate an early retirement due to the physical toll that it takes.
10th Nov '17 3:53:42 PM Pichu-kun
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* In the first ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' novel, as well as an episode or two of the anime, there is the town with the man trying to make philosopher's stones out of the red water.

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In the first ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' novel, as well as an episode or two of the anime, there is the town with the man trying to make philosopher's stones out of the red water.



* Tokyo 3, from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. Most of the people fled after the first angel attack, leading to the tiny size of Shinji's class.
** And unknown to them, Shinji's classmates are all [[spoiler:potential Eva pilots, so even they're only there because NERV wants them on tap.]]

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* Tokyo 3, from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. Most of the people fled after the first angel attack, leading to the tiny size of Shinji's class.
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class. And unknown to them, Shinji's classmates are all [[spoiler:potential Eva pilots, so even they're only there because NERV wants them on tap.]]



* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', [[TownWithADarkSecret Hinamizawa]] would have become this had the dam project gone through. In Saikoroshi-hen's 'Ideal World', the project ''was'' approved, emphasizing the fact that while everyone is relatively happier in this world, the TrueCompanions have not been brought together by their respective problems, and will soon be separated for good.



* The town in ''[[VideoGame/TheSims My Sims]]'' seems to be like this when you arrive. In fact, your arrival increases the population by 25%.

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* The town in ''[[VideoGame/TheSims My Sims]]'' ''VideoGame/MySims'' seems to be like this when you arrive. In fact, your arrival increases the population by 25%.



* Inaba in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' has shades of this, several stores in the central shopping area are boarded up, with many of the residents blaming Junes (a megastore) for these businesses failing, and several high school [=NPCs=] comment that they're ready to jump ship and leave town once they reach college age.
** [[spoiler:It's implied in the GoldenEnding that Inaba will recover, and Junes starts working with and supporting the local shops instead of displacing them. Yu comes back a year later for Golden Week in the UpdatedRerelease and ''Arena'' and the place seems fine.]]

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* Inaba in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' has shades of this, several stores in the central shopping area are boarded up, with many of the residents blaming Junes (a megastore) for these businesses failing, and several high school [=NPCs=] comment that they're ready to jump ship and leave town once they reach college age.
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age. [[spoiler:It's implied in the GoldenEnding that Inaba will recover, and Junes starts working with and supporting the local shops instead of displacing them. Yu comes back a year later for Golden Week in the UpdatedRerelease and ''Arena'' and the place seems fine.]]



* A lot of towns are this way in ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon''. You might even have to fix the entire town up all by yourself, like in ''[[VideoGame/HarvestMoonANewBeginning A New Beginning]]''. Or maybe you just have to fix up this farm or something, like in GBC 3.

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A lot of towns are this way in ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon''. You might even have to fix the entire town up all by yourself, like in ''[[VideoGame/HarvestMoonANewBeginning A New Beginning]]''. Or maybe you just have to fix up this farm or something, like in GBC 3. ''GBC 3''.
** In ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife'' and its DistaffCounterpart, the protagonist is a city-goer who decides to take over their deceased father's old farm. The local town in Forget-me-not Valley is a sleepy village will less than 30 inhabitants. By the end of the game, most adults are either middle-aged or seniors while the very few kids in the town are all most likely going to leave. However, by the sequel ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonDS'' the town is just fine a century later. Admittedly, ''DS'' is very loosely a sequel and more-or-less only used that concept in order to [[GenerationXerox excuse reusing all the characters and saying they're reincarnations/descendants]].


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* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', [[TownWithADarkSecret Hinamizawa]] would have become this had the dam project gone through. In ''Saikoroshi-hen'''s 'Ideal World', the project ''was'' approved, emphasizing the fact that while everyone is relatively happier in this world, the TrueCompanions have not been brought together by their respective problems, and will soon be separated for good.
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13th Oct '17 8:32:54 PM RaineyH
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* Dirt in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}''. [[spoiler:A case of the town being killed on purpose, as the mayor deprives the citizens of water so that he can use it to buy off their land and create a new community while the old one is left to die.]]

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* Dirt in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}''. [[spoiler:A case of the town being killed on purpose, as the mayor deprives the citizens of water so that he can use it to buy off their land and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Water_Wars create a new community while the old one is left to die.die]].]]



* ''Literature/AmericanGods'': Shadow finds a lot of these on his road trip. He settles down for a time in one town that seems to be surprisingly immune to the economic ebb. He should have paid a bit more attention to that...

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* ''Literature/AmericanGods'': Shadow finds a lot of these on his road trip.trip (some of them, such as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cairo,_Illinois Cairo]], are TruthInTelevision). He settles down for a time in one town that seems to be surprisingly immune to the economic ebb. He should have paid a bit more attention to that...



* Coalwood, West Virginia is the local setting for ''October Sky'' (originally named ''Rocket Boys''), a real-life story about Homer Hadley Hickam Jr. and his dreams of becoming an Engineer for NASA.

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* Coalwood, West Virginia is the local setting for ''October Sky'' (originally named ''Rocket Boys''), a real-life story about Homer Hadley Hickam Jr. and his dreams of becoming an Engineer for NASA. (Today, [=McDowell=] County, of which Coalwood is the seat, [[FromBadToWorse has the highest rate of drug overdose in the United States]], mostly due to opioids.)



** The majority black [[WrongSideOfTheTracks East Dillon]] is in even worse shape than the rest of the town, as all the money from the state bailout which got the town into its current state of semi-repair got funelled into the majority white West Dillon.

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** The majority black majority-black [[WrongSideOfTheTracks East Dillon]] is in even worse shape than the rest of the town, as all the money from the state bailout which got the town into its current state of semi-repair got funelled into the majority white West Dillon.



** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picher,_Oklahoma Picher, Oklahoma]] was once the leading lead producer in the United States. A combination of toxic mine tailings and groundwater from over a century of production (leading to lead poisoning in 34% of the city's children in 1996), undermining of 86% of the city's buildings, and an F4 tornado in 2008, forced the final evacuation of the remainder of the city's population (about 20 residents in 2010, from a peak of nearly 10,000 in 1920).
** Odessa, Texas' economy is directly tied to the dwindling reserves of oil in the area. Not good. Ditto for its ''Series/FridayNightLights'' stand-in, Dillon.

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** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picher,_Oklahoma Picher, Oklahoma]] was once the leading lead producer in the United States. A combination of toxic mine tailings and groundwater from over a century of production (leading to lead poisoning in 34% of the city's children in 1996), undermining of 86% of the city's buildings, and an F4 tornado in 2008, forced the final evacuation of the remainder of the city's population (about 20 residents in 2010, from a peak of nearly 10,000 in 1920).
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* Odessa, Texas' economy is directly tied to the dwindling reserves of oil in the area. Not good. Ditto for its ''Series/FridayNightLights'' stand-in, Dillon.



* In California, entire ''counties'' have been brought lowóRiverside and San Bernardino counties, for example, were marketed as bedroom communities. They were once touted as ''the'' affordable alternative to expensive housing in Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego. The combination of rising gasoline prices (California's strict emissions standards meant the state already had the highest gas prices in the country even before prices spiked), falling housing prices, and the lack of high-paying local employment created a perfect storm for the region, which now suffers from some of the highest crime and unemployment rates in the nation.

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* In California, entire ''counties'' have been brought lowóRiverside and San Bernardino counties, for example, were marketed as bedroom communities. They were once touted as ''the'' affordable alternative to expensive housing in Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego. The combination of rising gasoline prices (California's strict emissions standards meant the state already had the highest gas prices in the country country, even before prices spiked), spiked in the mid-2000's), falling housing prices, and the lack of high-paying local employment created a perfect storm for the region, which now suffers from some of the highest crime and unemployment rates in the nation.



* 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 October 2013 this trope is being legally enforced by court settlement - once the seven people still living 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.



* There are lots of mining towns in the middle of the Australian bush that previously had populations of thousands or even tens of thousands when the mine was especially large. Now, many are completely empty or have just a few hundred people and a filling station.

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* There are lots of mining towns in the middle of the Australian bush that previously had populations of thousands or even tens of thousands when the mine was especially large. Now, many are [[GhostTown completely empty empty]], or have just a few hundred people and a filling station.
8th Oct '17 9:12:24 AM nombretomado
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* Harvey, Illinois. Home of the [[http://www.deadmalls.com/malls/dixie_square_mall.html Dixie Square Mall]] (aka the BluesBrothers mall), abandoned since 1978. The last portion of Dixie Square Mall was torn down in May 2012. Whether the redevelopment that the city is hoping for actually happens remains to be seen.

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* Harvey, Illinois. Home of the [[http://www.deadmalls.com/malls/dixie_square_mall.html Dixie Square Mall]] (aka the BluesBrothers mall), mall from ''Film/TheBluesBrothers''), abandoned since 1978. The last portion of Dixie Square Mall was torn down in May 2012. Whether the redevelopment that the city is hoping for actually happens remains to be seen.
18th Sep '17 8:33:04 PM DesertDragon
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* A non-industrial example is Kalaupapa, Hawaii, which was founded in 1866 as a leper colony. By 1969, Hansen's disease--aka leprosy--was treatable and better understood, so the state ended its forced exile and moved to close the colony. However, many former patients [[IChooseToStay wished to stay]] since they knew their disfigurements would make returning to normal society all but impossible. As a result, the state closed Kalaupapa to new arrivals but has allowed the former patients to live there for the rest of their lives. As of the 2010 census, only 88 people live in Kalaupapa, with less than a dozen being the original patients (the remaining are state and national park employees). When the last patient moves or passes away, the state plans on turning the colony into a park and memorial.

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* A non-industrial example is Kalaupapa, Hawaii, which was founded in 1866 as a leper colony. By 1969, Hansen's disease--aka leprosy--was treatable and better understood, so the state ended its forced exile and moved to close the colony. However, many former patients [[IChooseToStay wished to stay]] since they knew their disfigurements would make returning to normal society all but impossible. As a result, the state closed Kalaupapa to new arrivals but has allowed the former patients to live there for the rest of their lives. As of the 2010 census, only 88 people live in Kalaupapa, with less than a dozen being of the original patients remain (the remaining rest of the town's 88 residents are state and national park employees). When the last patient of the now-elderly patients moves or passes away, the state plans on turning the colony into a park and memorial.
memorial park.
18th Sep '17 8:20:24 PM DesertDragon
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* A non-industrial example is Kalaupapa, Hawaii, which was founded in 1866 as a leper colony. By 1969, Hansen's disease--aka leprosy--was treatable and better understood, so the state ended its forced exile and moved to close the colony. However, many former patients [[IChooseToStay wished to stay]] since they knew their disfigurements would make returning to normal society all but impossible. As a result, the state closed Kalaupapa to new arrivals but has allowed the former patients to live there for the rest of their lives. As of the 2010 census, only 88 people live in Kalaupapa, with less than a dozen being the original patients (the remaining are state and national park employees). When the last patient moves or passes away, the state plans on turning the colony into a park and memorial.
18th Aug '17 7:22:01 AM Terran117
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* Former East Germany is infamous for this. Since German reunification, there has been a constant exodus of people from rural areas, small towns and fairly large cities to move towards the area that was former West Germany. High rates of unemployment and crime, low salaries, and rising amounts of neo-Nazi activity are all common reasons why people emigrate. It also doesn't help that most of the national economic activity, and large demand for skilled workers, is concentrated along the western parts of the country. While the trend has reversed recently in the larger and more prosperous areas of the East (Leipzig, Dresden, etc.), the future remains unclear whether the states there would be able to recover demographically.

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* Former East Germany is infamous for this. Since German reunification, there has been a constant exodus of people from rural areas, small towns and fairly large cities to move towards the area that was former West Germany. These emigrants are also disproportionately young and women. High rates of unemployment and crime, low salaries, and rising amounts of neo-Nazi or Antifa activity are all common reasons why people emigrate. It also doesn't help that most of the national economic activity, and large demand for skilled workers, is concentrated along the western parts of the country. What became East Germany wasn't exactly known for being a thriving economic center compared to its western and southern counterparts even before the split. While the trend has reversed recently in the larger and more prosperous areas of the East (Leipzig, Dresden, etc.) or tourist trap towns (Erfurt, Weimar, Potsdam, Stralsund, etc.), the future remains unclear whether the states there would be able to recover demographically.
** The aforementioned tourism, thanks to the East controlling an impressive half of Germany's world heritage cities, has given some hope in making these smaller cities prosperous once more while everything else is going to rely on immigrants (which may be hard to do given the East's homogeneity) and making young people stay (which may start working given how cheap the east is compared to the increasingly expensive west and south). Leipzig, former East Berlin and Dresden have begun competing for young people with former West Berlin and Munich in this regard by styling themselves as hip, cheap and great for artsy youth or history lovers.
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.
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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]].
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