Searching for Dream Street - Clairton
A woman walks up one of the main streets in Clairton, Pa. past the old Steel City Appliances store.
About three-quarters of its main street is boarded up including the laundry, the grocery store, three out of five banks, the three cinemas, and most cafes and shops.
When the Clairton Coke Works employed 5,000 workers and ran three shifts, Clairton had three movie theaters and four car dealerships. Now the plant employs 1,300 workers and residents must drive five miles out of town to buy food since there is no longer a grocery store in town.