Akron http://wesa.fm en The Hard Way on Purpose: Akron's Past Glories & Present Reinvention http://wesa.fm/post/hard-way-purpose-akrons-past-glories-present-reinvention <p>Once home to the nation’s leading tire manufacturers, Akron, Ohio, was hit hard by post-industrial layoffs, factory closings and a steadily declining population.</p><p>Like other rust belt cities, the once-rubber giant has had to redefine itself and its industry.</p><p>In his book <em>The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches from the Rust Belt</em>, author <a href="http://www.davidgiffels.com">David Giffels</a> chronicles past glories and the present condition of his home state.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:02:36 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 26060 at http://wesa.fm The Hard Way on Purpose: Akron's Past Glories & Present Reinvention