February 8, 2009 7:06 AM Subscribe
Braddock, Pennsylvania has been classified as a "distressed municipality."
posted by kittens for breakfast (88 comments total)
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This may be an understatement: From a high of around 20,000, its population has dwindled to below 3000,
many of those people unemployed. Braddock's is a landscape so grim ("a mix of boarded-up storefronts, houses in advanced stages of collapse and vacant lots") that it was selected to serve as a backdrop for the film adaptation
of Cormac McCarthy's post-apocalyptic novel, The Road.
Its mayor, John Fetterman, considers Braddock “a laboratory for solutions to all these maladies starting to knock on the door of every community.”
Fetterman -- a Harvard grad, and non-native, who became mayor in 2005 -- hopes to draw new residents with the promise of inexpensive real estate, and to this end has established a promotional website
(NYT: "...if you can call pictures of buildings destroyed by neglect and vandals a form of promotion").
Direct links to these in case they fall off the NYT article (both open with commercials):
Short video version of the main story with much additional info
Fetterman on CNBC, pleading his town's case for stimulus money