Searching for Dream Street - Braddock
The Western Pennsylvania branch of the Police Athletic League runs a boxing program in the basement of the Braddock Community Center, which used to be a church.
The program is free to everyone between the ages 8 and 18 and anyone currently attending high school. Its goal is to create relationships between volunteers and local kids, to help steer them away from crime, violence and drugs and be surrounded by positive influences.
With a population of just over 2,000 (down from a high of 20,879 at the height of the steel industry, Braddock is almost a ghost town even though it is the home of the last steel mill still in operation in the Monongahela River valley. The Edgar Thompson Steel Works, built in 1872, was the first major steel mill built in the United States. Braddock was originally built to house the mill’s workers, but none of the mill’s nine hundred or so employees live there.