Canton, Ohio (CNN) - The broken windows and dilapidated walls of the abandoned Hercules engine plant is not just an eyesore for those who live here. It's a symbol of seemingly constant disappointment in this hard-hit district.
The factory was a good source of jobs in this community for generations until it shut down a decade ago. A few years ago, there was hope - a $178 million plan to breathe new life into the huge empty complex with retail shops and apartments. But when the financial system neared collapsed and the credit market froze, the project came to a screeching halt.
Down the road at the Stark County Fair, first-term Democratic Rep. John Boccieri says the policies of the past are to blame.