The Hamilton Spectator, pilule MAY 2015.
Forging Ahead was a seven-day series looking at the way former steel cities in the U.S. re-invented themselves after the collapse of industry. It ran in The Hamilton Spectator in May 2015.
“Steel’s gone.” That’s what residents of U.S. steel towns will say when asked how things have changed in the last 30 years. It seems like a one-note answer, unless you’re from a steel town too.
If you are, you know inherent in “steel’s gone” is everything else that went with it — jobs, population, buildings, marriages, a sense of civic identity.
You also know it means steel’s not really gone.
Photo by John Rennison, Hamilton Spectator