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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The postindustrial port city sits along the nation’s busiest trading corridor, a region expected to see massive growth in coming years. Christine Condon,, "Trump points to Opportunity Zones initiative to show how he’s helped cities like Baltimore. How has it worked?," 30 July 2019 The opening of the 26-mile ‘Leeway,’ a cross between a park and a path, provides a tranquil corridor through the postindustrial landscapes of East London into ever-rural environments. Simon Ingram, National Geographic, "Visit the world’s first National Park City," 26 July 2019 The postindustrial economy complicated all of this, with minimum-wage jobs replacing living-wage jobs as housing costs soared. Steve Lopez,, "This election was a bigger rout than the Measure EE failure; readers vote 9 to 1 against columnist," 12 June 2019 Stricken by postindustrial decline and the 2008 financial crisis, its municipalities turned to their police departments and courts to make up for shortfalls in revenue. Ava Kofman, ProPublica, "Digital Jail: How Electronic Monitoring Drives Defendants Into Debt," 3 July 2019 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

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1917, in the meaning defined above

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