Searching for Dream Street - Monessen
Monessen Mayor Lou Mavrakis walks past an open section of a road in Monessen where the badly decayed 100-year old sewage system is collapsing and the subsequent erosion is undermining the streets and sidewalks. Repairs are estimated to cost between $40 to $50 million.
He said the city now has 400 blighted homes 30 abandoned downtown buildings and he doesn’t have money to tear them down.
Monessen, a third-class city, faces the same problems as th other former steel towns — declining population and tax revenue after the mills shut down. The city's population has dropped to 7,600 from a high of 20,268 in 1930.