WHAT IS BRADDOCK?

ONCE:

A flourishing city of 20,000 residents. Home to Andrew Carnegie’s first steel mill and free library. A place of wealth, amenities and expansive shopping districts that lit up the night for miles to see. A place with dozens of churches, schools, theaters, furniture stores, restaurants and breweries. A place people flocked to from all around the region.

NOW:

A town of 2,500 residents. A malignantly beautiful place, renamed “Braddocc” by its young and disenfranchised in ironic celebration of the town’s Crips. The ruins of Carnegie’s first steel mill stand as a reminder of another age while Carnegie’s first library – the center of the community – struggles to stay alive. No theaters. No furniture stores. No breweries or restaurants.

NEXT:

Can a town that’s lost 90% of its population, homes and businesses ever come back? Could Braddock’s remaining assets be leveraged by new ideas, energy and individuals to spark a cultural and economic revitalization? If we concede that Braddock will never again be what it was, can we begin to imagine what it will be next?

OUR OPPORTUNITY:

Richly historic, large enough to matter, small enough to impact, Braddock presents an unparallelled opportunity for the urban pioneer, artist, or misfit to join in building a new kind of community.

For those who seek it, this is the frontier.

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