Note the update on all things Braddock in Pittsburgh Magazine:Braddock Rising. It is a pale shadow of the earned media Braddock was getting a few years ago, but something. Still, you have to take with a grain a salt yet another headine of Braddock showing signs of life. (NYT even came in to do their own video once). What really is really worth thinking about is that Tony Buba is now updating films he did on Braddock a quarter century ago.
The latest is the rose colored view... sort of. I note that Chris mostly stays away from what was the perpetual fiction that the decline of Braddock has someting to do with the decline of the steel industry in itself. We've been through that mythos repeatedly. The article actually notes how the historic Braddock Library needed to be saved from demolition in the 1970s. Note the timing if something needed saving 40 years ago.
It is painful to note that even developments since that article went to press bode ill for Braddock. The article highlights what was the most concrete plan to date to bring new jobs to Braddock with the intended relocation of the Woodland Hills School District offices from Churchill. Yet in news just a few days ago, that plan has already been cancelled. PG: Woodland Hills school board cancels plan for new offices.
But, not to be completely a nabob. If you ask me the most exciting development in Braddock of late. I have to admit I have yet to get in to see it myself, but there is a new museum down there I need to get to when it is open. Yes, I know. The location is technically North Braddock. Got it.
What I don't get at all is how little attention is being paid to the greater crime of late. Nowhere else in the world would the deconstruction of a school district be so ignored. Yet that is what is happening in Duquesne, PA where nobody wants to deal with the children soon to be left without a school district to care for them. Literally every child is about to be left behind. Just something that does not happen the developed world. Not much interest all around and even less media coverage? Not Braddock's school district I know, but just a stone's throw away. It is hard to take too much hagiography on the Mon Valley if that is the 'news' coming out of Duquesne.