Searching for Dream Street - Monessen
Monessen Mayor Lou Mavrakis talks on his cell phone in front of the former Monessen Savings & Trust Building on Donner Ave. in Monessen, PA.
In 1928 the bank relocated and the building subsequently housed a department store, grocery store, Thrift Drugs store and finally a Health Mart before becoming vacant for the next 25 years.
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.