Rustbelt

Station News
2:45 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

90.5 WESA, Keystone Crossroads Community Forum - Sept. 30

Pennsylvania's cities and towns are full of promise, but plagued by problems. The appeal of urban living is on the rise. Many neighborhoods bustle with new residents and amenities. But issues such as crumbling infrastructure and high taxes linger. What can Pennsylvania's cities, large and small, do to address their problems and fulfill their promise? 

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:02 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

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

Credit Marc Moss / flickr

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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Essential Pittsburgh
2:54 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Nothin' But Blue Skies: Revitalization in the Post-Industrial Heartland

Smokestacks in Homestead, PA serve as a reminder of the city's industrial past.
Credit Devon Christopher Adams / flickr

In his recent book, Nothin' But Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times and Hopes of America's Industrial Heartland, Ed McClelland chronicles the rise, fall, and hopeful revitalization of some of America’s boomtowns.

He says blue skies is referenced in the title of his novel as a twofold approach to the past and future of these post-industrial cities.

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:13 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Don't Count The Big D Out Yet!

Despite all the gloom and doom talk, there are still signs of life in Detroit.
Credit Kate Sumbler/Flickr

While the recent media cycle on Detroit’s bankruptcy often reads like a eulogy to one of America’s great industrial boomtowns, Richard C. Harwood, who heads the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, sees signs of life. Harwood points to a number of positive signs in the city, including companies moving downtown, building renovations and venture capital funds being formed.

All of these improvements “are pockets of change that suggest that a new path forward can emerge.”

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