Rust and Erosion
Collapsing in different ways: two articles show the problems faced by European regions in the face of changing economic circumstances. In Lorraine, the decline of steel manufacting to composite materials and the increased competetiveness of industries in Luxembourg has the region clinging to its glorious past. Residents see Arcelor as the last remnants of a proud and glorious industrial age, while every day, more Lorrains are becoming frontaliers: people who commute to Luxembourg and other neighboring regions to enjoy their economic fortunes.
On the other hand, a study of southeastern France (Provence-Aples-Côtes d'Azur) has shown that patrimony yields greater returns in the form of tourism than the cost of its preservation. Small towns have been able to stave off depopulation. In many cases, cities and towns have not taken full advantage of their cultural goods, as most historic buildings and only kept standing, not developed to give access to tourists.