WHAT IS BRADDOCK?
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.
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.
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?
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.