October 18, 2009

These are some photographs I took last year in Braddock, a town just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

When industry fled the Rust Belt, no town was left in worse shape than Braddock. As jobs left the town, so did its inhabitants. Over the past 60 years, Braddock shrunk from 15,000 residents to just 2,912 — 35% of them earning less than $13,000 a year, according to the 2000 census.

Today, despite the work of an ambitious mayor, there is little local economy, few jobs, and in the lower part of town, more abandoned homes than occupied ones.




There is a solid video about Braddock on the New York Times website.

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