David Giffels

Essential Pittsburgh
2:02 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

The Hard Way on Purpose: Akron's Past Glories & Present Reinvention

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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.

Like other rust belt cities, the once-rubber giant has had to redefine itself and its industry.

In his book The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches from the Rust Belt, author David Giffels chronicles past glories and the present condition of his home state. 

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