We often hear the Great Recession compared to a tsunami or a steamroller that swept clean across the country, but that's not really the right analogy. Tsunamis and steamrollers destroy everything in their path. The recession was more like a tornado winding its way unevenly through the country, wiping out some major metro areas like Southern California while barely grazing others cities like San Antonio.
The recession's serpentine path of destruction has created a bizarre patchwork of strong and struggling cities. The metro areas in California, Florida and Nevada that saw the highest highs before the recession are feeling the lowest lows. Meanwhile some cities that chugged along at a medium or slow pace are still chugging.
With that in mind, let's look at this list of "America's 10 Dying Cities" from the folks at 24/7 Wall St (who've contributed some great work for our site). Number one on the list is Buffalo. Number seven is Albany. I mention these dying cities in particular because they're not really dying. In fact, they're among the 20 strongest metro areas in the country, according the Metro Monitor, a survey published by the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy department.