Richey Piiparinen

Richey Piiparinen is a Senior Fellow at Cleveland State University and CEO and Founder at Rust Belt Analytica.

a photo of the abandoned Richman Brothers garment factory in Cleveland in 2012.

The Inclusive Growth Problem

Can left-behind Rust Belt cities in the U.S. catch up to booming tech hubs without magnifying local economic disparities? So far, the evidence is mixed.

The Cracks in the Melting Pot

Cities are supposed to be the antidote for America’s growing racial divides. But diversity isn’t enough.

The Wrong Way to Grow a City

A lesson from Cleveland: To avoid deepening inequality, prepare for economic growth before it starts.

'Smart Decline' Is Dumb

We don’t know the future. Rust Belt cities need to stop planning that there isn’t one.

The Perils of Rust Belt Memes

National coverage of ruin and revival gloss over deeper truths about these cities.