- Seize on one key industry to grow (detroit = automobile)
- Build shiny new landmark (Flint = AutoWorld)
- The great event (Chicago = Olympics)
- Urban renewal
Historian Kevin Boyle and Changing Gears compiled an abridged history of supposed Midwest magic bullets, "those quick tickets to jobs and economic prosperity."
In an interview with Civic Commons, Cleveland Plain Dealer Architecture Critic Steven Litt explains the hope for a new day on the Cleveland waterfront...
"For the first time in recent history, the Port [Authority] is accepting responsibility not only for the lakefront but for the river, and realizing that the positive forces of economic development in The Flats can't be unleashed until the big infrastructure problems are solved."