This was my hometown of Ft. Madison, Iowa. That is now part of the American Rust Belt, where no one wants to live.
In less than fifty years, it went from a thriving industrial city with plenty of jobs – to nothing! Now, looking back at, after watching a video about Smart Cities, the reason for this dawns on me – there was no city there, just a collection of businesses. When they left, there was nothing left.
And no one noticed this happening. The people were incapable of noticing what was going on, right under their noses. They had become skilled at the opposite – not noticing anything. They had rejected the world, and were not interested in it.
When business after business faded away, they noticed nothing. And could not imagine any big change, involving most of the country – happening.
But happen it did.