After our story on Youngstown, Ohio, as a new poverty capital of America, Barbara Ann Levy writes:
It breaks my heart as well. I am from the north side on Coronado Ave but have lived in NYC and Long Island for most of my adult life. I grew up in the steel industry; Standard Steel Company was a family business.
I recently went home after having been away for over 20 years. I drove up to my old house to find it padlocked. So friggin’ sad for me to see a house that was kept up, clean and freshly painted covered in siding, yard over grown, trees no longer there….I could barely stand it. I did cry. I visited my family’s plot at the local cemetary where I caught a glimpse of Briar Hill’s area. Mine Rodolph Sholom. Proud Briar Hill=steel. I passed by the new mill on the way to see a concert. French. They will help make fracking parts. Hurt to hear this. There was a cancer cluster in my neighborhood; sulfur. There will be more illness with fracking. Youngstown has suffered enough.
I am glad folks are occupying Youngstown. God Bless you all.
It’s true about the French mill coming to Youngstown, making jobs and tubes for fracking.