Rolling Stone's description of Duluth is ... not great

It was written by a Minneapolis-based journalist, who has since expressed some regrets.
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In case you didn't notice, the President of the United States was in Duluth this week, and trailing in his wake was a cabal of national journalists.

While much of the coverage was focused on Trump's rally, this piece in Rolling Stone has a little bit more to say about Duluth.

The results are ... not pretty, with writer Ana Marie Cox pretty damning about the remnants of the city's industrial past, referring to it as a "reverse oasis in a place known for its natural beauty, good health outcomes, relatively low crime and high standard of living."

She makes some pertinent points, pointing out it's exceedingly high drug overdose rate and its 21 percent poverty rate "that would rank it among the most desperate counties of West Virginia."

But the Duluth shoreline she describes as being populated by "stolid, brutalist mid-century relics and precarious-seeming industrial shipping contraptions, rusty and mostly silent."

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"Downtown, every surface is covered in a thin layer of grime," she continues. "It is, in other words, Trump Country."

This overlooks the fact that Duluth typically votes Democrat – 60 percent voted for Clinton in 2016 compared to 30 percent for Trump – and the city played host to several counter demonstrations during the president's visit.

The city now "scrapes by on tourism and as a port," Cox adds, somewhat understating the city's recent renaissance as a Mecca for the outdoors, which just a few years ago saw it named "The Best Town in America."

Before you cry "East Coast elites," Cox is actually a Minneapolis-based writer, and her piece has occasioned some comment from other Minnesota-based journalists, including Kyle Potter of the Associated Press.

It's also not gone unnoticed by Duluth's Mayor, Emily Larson.

Cox has since expressed on Twitter there were some elements she would have done differently – including more context as to her description of Duluth being "Trump Country."

She stands by her description of the city, though admits she could have been kinder and concedes she had maybe been there on its "bad days."

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