Revitalization of smaller cities is a largely overlooked aspect of the deindustrialization of the Rust Belt in the American Midwest. Current scholarship on Rust Belt revitalization targets larger cities like Cleveland and Pittsburgh because the efforts in those communities tend to be on a larger scale and the outcomes tend to more visible than in comparatively smaller communities. This IS begins to fill in this gap by looking at the recent revitalization efforts in Lancaster, Ohio, the home of the Anchor Hocking Glass Company. Following the deindustrialization of Anchor Hocking in the last two decades of the twentieth century and early twenty-first century, Lancaster entered a state of revitalization similar to that seen in larger Rust Belt cities, but on a smaller scale. The revitalization efforts in Lancaster can be generalized and applied to other deindustrialized Rust Belt cities as the difficulties faced in Lancaster are not fundamentally unique to the community, nor are the strategies used to overcome them.


Ng, W. S. Margaret




Deindustrialization, Anchor Hocking, Rust Belt, Lancaster, Ohio, Midwest

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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