Forging Ahead – The Hamilton Spectator, 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.
â€œSteelâ€™s gone.â€ Thatâ€™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 youâ€™re from a steel town too.
If you are, you know inherent in â€œsteelâ€™s goneâ€ is everything else that went with it â€” jobs, population, buildings, marriages, a sense of civic identity.
You also know it means steelâ€™s not really gone …
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