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“At any street corner, the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face.”
The story that follows isn’t unique to this Rust Belt city.
It has occurred, over and over, across the Rust Belt – across the U.S. – for the past 35 years.
What’s amazing is it is still unfolding.
What’s even more amazing is how complacent everyone has remained.
About the loss of jobs.
About the weak or non-existent development efforts for local economies.
About how the U.S. will sink into serfdom, not by the threats of socialism (as Hayek suggested)…
…but by the reality of our apathy, our denial, or our ignorance.
I simply wanted to commit this story to writing, as a way to preserve it, in case anyone ever asks, “What happened?”
That is, if there is anyone left who cares enough in the future to ask.
No one is asking now. 
The spirits of past General Electric workers reside here.
This is one of the buildings currently under demolition at General Electric’s Broadway campus in Fort Wayne, Indiana. To the right is an opening where another GE building, of similar size, once stood.
Last year, GE closed down a testing lab, the last operation of any kind on the campus. It employed some 28 people at the end.
At its height, General Electric employed over 10,000 employees in Fort Wayne; almost all were well-paying jobs.