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June 10, 1997 | ART PINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sitting astride the meandering Rock River, this city looks about as ordinary as a Midwestern cornfield. But its blandness is deceptive. During the last 25 years, Rockford has played a symbolic role in a high drama: the transformation of the American economy. An old-line industrial city known primarily for manufacturing machine tools and fasteners, Rockford in much of the 1970s and '80s was a Rust Belt town that the economy seemed to have left behind. In 1982, the jobless rate here hit 25%.
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June 10, 1997 | ART PINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sitting astride the meandering Rock River, this city looks about as ordinary as a Midwestern cornfield. But its blandness is deceptive. During the last 25 years, Rockford has played a symbolic role in a high drama: the transformation of the American economy. An old-line industrial city known primarily for manufacturing machine tools and fasteners, Rockford in much of the 1970s and '80s was a Rust Belt town that the economy seemed to have left behind. In 1982, the jobless rate here hit 25%.
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