By Mary Wisniewski GARY, Indiana (Reuters) - Struggling U.S. Rust Belt cities for years have tried to counter the loss of manufacturing jobs with big, expensive projects like casinos and stadiums. and Youngstown, Ohio, these projects brought hope and headlines. Now, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and civic leaders of some other blighted cities are going small with strategic, narrowly focused ideas such as selling vacant homes for $1, demolishing derelict buildings and neighborhood clean-up projects that produce immediate results. "Where cities are moving to is a larger more strategic framework." Gary, a struggling city 30 miles south of Chicago along the shores of Lake Michigan, is a prime example of the trend.