History Main / DyingTown

20th May '16 5:33:45 PM CnHGirl
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* ''{{WesternAnimation/Cars}}'' is actually TruthInTelevision to a point. Many towns that had historically banked on the steady traffic from Rout 66 became this or even died completely, largely due to the emergence of the interstate highway system combined with other socioeconomic factors. Stories like Radiator Springs were and still are tragically common.

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* ''{{WesternAnimation/Cars}}'' is actually TruthInTelevision to a point. Many towns that had historically banked on the steady traffic from Rout Route 66 became this or even died completely, largely due to the emergence of the interstate highway system combined with other socioeconomic factors. Stories like Radiator Springs were and still are tragically common.
20th May '16 5:33:23 PM CnHGirl
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* A pretty unique example in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centralia,_Pennsylvania Centralia, Pennsylvania]]. In 1962, a coal seam fire started under the town, producing both heat and toxic fumes. 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 started under the town, to clear it, producing both heat and toxic fumes.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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* ''{{WesternAnimation/Cars}}'' is actually TruthInTelevision to a point. Many towns that had historically banked on the steady traffic from Rout 66 became this or even died completely, largely due to the emergence of the interstate highway system combined with other socioeconomic factors. Stories like Radiator Springs were and still are tragically common.



* 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 nationalise 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 nationalise 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.
10th May '16 10:05:20 PM FlakyPorcupine
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* "A Howling Dust" by Music/{{Cormorant}} has the two (Hornitos, CA) dying towards the end.
26th Apr '16 7:11:06 PM KingNine
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* ''ComicBook/TheAutumnlandsToothAndClaw'' has the town of Erries whose sheep inhabitants are dying from an unknown disease in alarming numbers.
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25th Apr '16 1:30:23 PM FordPrefect
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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 often the 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 on the larger and more prosperous areas on 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. High rates of unemployment and crime, low salaries, and rising amounts of neo-Nazi activity are often the 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 on in the larger and more prosperous areas on of the East (Leipzig, Dresden, etc.), the future remains unclear whether the states there would be able to recover demographically.
25th Apr '16 1:29:28 PM FordPrefect
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** A typical example is Yurievets, Ivanovo Oblast. Once home to several factories, currently all are in ruins or disassembled. The population is half of what once was and below the official minimum to qualify as a town, and survives on substinence farming and working shifts in neighboring cities. You can often find abandoned houses if you wander in the streets.

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** A typical example is Yurievets, Ivanovo Oblast. Once home to several factories, currently all are in ruins or disassembled. The population is half of what it once was and below the official minimum to qualify as a town, and survives on substinence subsistence farming and working shifts in neighboring cities. You can often find abandoned houses if you wander in the streets.
25th Apr '16 1:27:02 PM FordPrefect
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schefferville,_Quebec Shefferville]], whose economy was based on asbestos mining. When its ore mining stopped in 1982, the population dropped from over 5000 to a just few hundred today. The city temporarily lost its legal incorporation status between 1986 and 1990.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schefferville,_Quebec Shefferville]], whose economy was based on asbestos mining. When its ore mining stopped in 1982, the population dropped from over 5000 to a just a few hundred today. The city temporarily lost its legal incorporation status between 1986 and 1990.
2nd Mar '16 11:33:33 AM RobTan
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* Dillon, Texas in ''Series/FridayNightLights'', much like the RealLife Odessa, Texas it is based on, is a post-bust oil town. It's more or less functional after a hideous crash in TheEighties, but there's basically no opportunities besides farm work and minimum wage service jobs, and if an adult over twenty-two lives there, it's because they couldn't get into college or pro sports.
** 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.
2nd Mar '16 11:24:15 AM RobTan
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* [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Springfield]] is a moderate example. It has a decent sized population, a lot of amenities and a good deal of industry. However, flashbacks have shown that the town has taken a considerable fall from the past, where the streets were literally paved with gold, and areas of the city are in deep urban decay and disrepair.
** Several episodes have shown that the nuclear power plant is basically Springfield's only economic driving force. Several times Mr Burns has either shut down or drastically scaled back the plant and each time the town has fallen into a recession almost instantly. If the plant ever goes for good, Springfield would go with it.
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1st Feb '16 12:27:07 AM Kytseo
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* In the first ''VideoGame/EtrianOdyssey'', [[spoiler: as a way of deconstructing OneHundredPercentCompletion, the titular town becomes this if you 100% the game (with people losing interest after Etria's main attraction, the labyrinth, not having any mysteries anymore)]].
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