Are one-industry communities a dying part of the North American landscape?
I read an article from the Trentonian (for the area of Trenton, ON), which was about how Batawa, a one-industry hamlet based on the production of shoes by Bata, may be on its way out as Bata is refusing to upgrade its infrastructure and to stay there for much longer. Here's the article: Will Batawa be a ghosttown soon?
And it got me thinking about one-industry communities. I personally don't know that many of them. Most of the ones are small like Batawa (only 300 people or so) and they are located out in the sticks which prevent them from prospering or re-innovation. A few towns have been revitalized. These ones include Sudbury, ON, (a mining and government town) and Elliot Lake (once a mining town, but now a retirement community that's trying to also become a cottage country).
What are your take on this?