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Someplace Like AmericaTales from the New Great Depression$
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Dale Maharidge

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520262478

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520262478.001.0001

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Necropolis: After the Apocalypse

Necropolis: After the Apocalypse

13 Necropolis: After the Apocalypse
Someplace Like America

Dale Maharidge

University of California Press

On a chilly March afternoon in 2009, Michael S. Williamson and Dale Maharidge drove into Youngstown and felt the desolation of this lost city. There were miles of burned-out and abandoned homes amid meadows that once were neighborhoods. For Dale, the empty floor of the Mahoning Valley, almost all field and forest, looked naked in the absence of over twenty miles of steel mills. The blast furnace area of the Brier Hill Works, the “Jenny” in Bruce Springsteen's song, had long since been demolished, as had the Campbell Works. No blimp factory was ever built. The biggest job creator had been the construction of four prisons. The town felt unfamiliar. So much had decayed and grown over. The authors then went to the home of Ken Platt in the town of Girard, adjacent to the city of Youngstown.

Keywords:   Michael S. Williamson, Dale Maharidge, Youngstown, Mahoning Valley, Brier Hill Works, Jenny, Bruce Springsteen, Campbell Works, Ken Platt

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