On the social whatever platform Ask.fm, someone asked a question of how I got to Indiana, and then slipped in a question on Gary, Indiana. Just for reference, Gary, Indiana is an industrial city tucked right into the far northwest corner, acting as a part of the Chicago far east metropolitan area. It is right on Lake Michigan. Gary has a reputation, and not just due to the song in The Music Man, but for being a hell hole. Side note: watch The Music Man for what was lost. Is it really as bad as people say? In short, yes. In long, it is a miniature Detroit.
Think of Detroit. Now shrink it down by a quarter million people. That is Gary. Has it decreased in population by 50% since peak in the mid-20th century? Yes. Did blacks pour in after World War Two? Yes. Did the jobs leave as American manufacturing left our shores? Yes. Did whites flee? Yes. Is it now over 80% black? Yes. Does the city's government engage in corruption? Yes. Is the city desperate for jobs so they worked to bring a casino nearby? Yes. Is there some connection to old black music that cannot be played up enough to build upon for a music industry to thrive? Yes. Is it hopeless, dark and never to return to a decent standard of living? Nuke it from orbit.
Gary is horrible (city-data facts and stats). It is also like Detroit in another manner. It is a company town. Despite being on the coast of Lake Michigan (Gary, not Detroit), it was set up for business. It is not a port city, a city built around the landscape, a city of religious history, a college town or river town. It was built for US Steel. The coast has the industrial corridor taking up space that for other lake cities would be the touristy waterfront. When the jobs left, what held anyone together? The jobs left as the city grew more diverse. No ties that bind. Gary is ao inefficient they cannot keep their municipal payrolls straigt. Gary is useful for the left in tight statewide races though. For the same reasons Gary died like Detroit.
Now walk through a mall in America in an area with diversity. What ties these people together? I cannot think of anything, but it will be interesting once the financial game changes.