U.S. Steel’s cancellation of its $1.5 billion commitment to invest in the Mon Valley Works should have come as no surprise, given their recent $1.5 billion acquisition of Big River Steel, a new, less polluting non-union mill in Arkansas.
As part of the company’s strategy to reduce its carbon footprint, this leaves our region with ancient, poorly maintained USX facilities, which make our region one of our country’s unhealthiest places to live.
While constant vigilance will be required to assure air quality enforcement, equally important is our need to address our generations-long downward demographic spiral.
Pittsburgh was the 8th largest city in the country in 1910, reached a peak of 676,000 people in1950, and has shrunk to 299,000 and 67th place today.
We have reached an inflection point. Without economic prosperity, our economic future is diminished. With heavily polluting industries at the core of our development plan, we will have no growth.
Civic and corporate leaders fail to discuss these existential realities.
If they won’t, we must!
Join us on June 9 for our second Resident-Led Town Hall, to continue the discussion on a vision of the Mon Valley beyond U.S. Steel. (NOTE: There will be no evening meeting but a video of the NOON event will be available on North Braddock Residents For Our Future and partner’s Facebook pages.)
-Howard Rieger and Resident Organizers