Rust Belt

The Rust Belt Migration

May 17, 2016

Nearly six million baby boomers left the northeast region of America known as the “Rust Belt” when heavy industry collapsed in the late 1970s. Many fled south to cities like Atlanta. This migration is chronicled in Paul Hertneky's new book, "Rust Belt Boy." 


We speak with the author about how this migration created new communities in the South and what happened to the communities left behind.