"and the fathers are working"
A video and longform piece worth watching and reading: Cleaning up one of America's most polluted cities on a site called theVerge.com. The longform piece by Matt Stroud.
The piece stands on its own, but look closely at time 3:38 in the embedded video below. The heart-wrenching soliloquy there I bet is from the 1970s. Go watch that and then think about how local environmental politics were playing out at the time. The old footage is not specifically referenced, but I have a feeling it is contemporary to when U.S. Steel put this full page, and I mean full page, advertisement (pasted below) in local papers. U.S. Steel was playing on job fears in an ongoing battle with Allegheny County's then new air pollution bureaucracy (highlighted in the video) which was locked in a front-page legal and political battle with U.S. Steel at the time. Consider what folks were up against arguing against the region's single largest employer, arguably the region's corporate soul. The advertisement references the recent construction of 600 Grant Street (aka, the U.S. Steel building... now with another acronym on on top) which opened in 1970 and the picture there is of Edgar Speer, US Steel's Chairman at the time. This was hard ball politics that puts to shame most any recent political history. The video is all about the debate this advertisement epitomizes.
And at time 5:00 I think you get a shot of the late city councilwoman Michelle Madoff, who passed away just this week, in action.