post·​in·​dus·​tri·​al | \ ˌpōst-in-ˈdə-strē-əl How to pronounce postindustrial (audio) \

Definition of postindustrial

: occurring in, existing in, or being a period of social and economic development after the predominance of large-scale industry postindustrial towns Coastal hubs like New York and San Francisco have staked their futures on postindustrial technology, finance, and business services.— Aaron M. Renn

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Chicago has proved itself different from other postindustrial American cities. Aaron M. Renn, WSJ, "A Mad Dash for City Hall in the Windy City," 22 Feb. 2019 His criminal history harkens back to a darker time in Boston, when the city was struggling through postindustrial malaise, racial strife and a shrinking population. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "Notorious Boston Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger Dies in Prison," 31 Oct. 2018 Image All three are small, postindustrial towns whose traditional industries — steel, silk and carpets — have declined in the men’s lifetimes. Andrzej Lukowski, New York Times, "Journeys Home to Find the Meaning of Fatherhood," 25 May 2018 Photo: Akos Stiller for The Wall Street Journal Budapest IX Come for the food, stay for the music Urban planners have their eye on IX, which starts out urbanely in the center of Pest and then fans out into postindustrial blight. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "The Best of Budapest: A Guide for Strategic Travelers," 27 June 2018 Their landscape is postindustrial with a fragmented bucolic overlay. Jedediah Purdy, The New Republic, "The Remaking of Class," 27 June 2018 Labour, which revamped itself in the 1990s by reaching out to metropolitan voters, has struggled to retain its traditional working-class voters in postindustrial areas that were once the bedrock of its support. Jenny Gross, WSJ, "U.K. Conservatives Hold Ground in Local Elections," 4 May 2018 Like other postindustrial cities, Detroit has been trying to solve joblessness for decades. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "These Detroiters aren't looking for jobs. Why might surprise you," 8 June 2018 Today, the Scott resembles a postindustrial sacrifice zone, its once lush floodplain buried under heaps of mine tailings. Ben Goldfarb, Science | AAAS, "Beaver dams without beavers? Artificial logjams are a popular but controversial restoration tool," 7 June 2018

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1917, in the meaning defined above

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