Is it too much a statement of the obvious to cross connect the decline of manufacturing in western countries with suburban poverty? Buffalo, NY, which is now the third poorest city in the United States, would seem to be a case in point. An economy dominated by financial services seems to act as a vast wealth collector for the super elites. A manufacturing economy does the same but required inputs of labour which in turn required wages be paid out to the wider community. It could also be said that there was an integrity, a moral good to be had in making the things one uses.