Searching for Dream Street - Monessen
As his wife Margie looks on, John Talarico (center) talks politics with Monessen Mayor Lou Mavrakis in Tallarico’s barber shop in the basement of his home in Monessen. Pa.
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.