Paul Mason visits Gary, Indiana to find out why the poorest city in America missed out on the money and the jobs, and why it is a symbol of the intractable problems gripping the world's biggest economy.
Read Paul Mason's blog: Unbroken spirit amid the ruins in Gary, Indiana
Broadcast on Tuesday 12 October 2010.
Watch Paul Mason's next film on the US economy on Newsnight on Wednesday 13 October 2010 at 2230 BST. Or catch it afterwards on the