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(view spoiler)[So the contemporary cities of Cleveland ("Clevelen") and New York ("New New Neyork") are mentioned in the text - and easily deciphered. Any idea what contemporary cities are being referred to as "Little Belaire", "Co-op Belaire", and "Service City"? I'm assuming this story takes place somewhere in New England, up-state New York or maybe Western Massachusetts? (Clevelen is mentioned as being "far in the West"...) (hide spoiler)]
Jimbo So this question was posted some time ago, but it intrigued me. When I (re)started the book, I assumed "Belaire" was Bel Air, California, but the references to the cold of winter and Clevelen's being to the west dispelled that. At a guess, I think this may refer to Bellaire, Ohio, which is across the Ohio River from Wheeling, West Virginia. The B&O Railroad Viaduct there may be the bridge that Rush and his father crossed near the beginning of the book. Maybe.