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.