Aliquippa - Searching for Dream Street
Jehad "Jerry" Jaber, 68, has owned the Plan 12 Market in Aliquippa, Pa. for nine years after closing the Linmar Market, which he owned for 33 years.
The market supplies food staples, household goods, tobacco products and food prepared by his brother Sammy to the residents of Plan 12.
Jehad Jaber has owned the Plan 12 Market in Aliquippa, Pa. for nine years after closing the Linmar Market, which he owned for 33 years.
The area is one of 12 residential "plans" that where laid out by the Jones and Laughlin Steel Company for their workers when they built their Aliquippa Works in the early 1900's.
“A lot of of people think Aliquippa is tough. Aliquippa has a lot of good people if you know how to deal with people. Not everybody you see on the street is a bad person. If you know how to respect people, they give you that respect right back whether they are young or old. You going to find riff-raff here and there but you get rid of them by asking them not to come back," said Jaber.
Aliquippa is the former location of a one of the largest steel mills in the world, the Jones and Laughlin Aliquippa Works occupied a seven mile stretch along the Ohio River.
The city now has fewer residents than the steel mill had employees (14,000) in its heyday. By 1989, most of the production facilities were closed before shuttering for good in the early nineties.