A green vision for a former steel town | Youngstown Renaissance

“The decrepit former department store is not unusual. Many original buildings are in disrepair. Urban islands of grass and flowers are now concrete parking lots. Vacant storefronts and boarded-up buildings dot a main street that is just a whiff of the packed sidewalks, restaurants and boutiques of yesteryear.”

This sounds familiar to anyone who has walked down West Federal Street. The description is not, however, of our steel town. Vandergrift, Pennsylvania is a town of just 5,000 people situated northeast of Pittsburgh. Designed by Central Park architect Frederick Law Olmsted, the town is using a National Science Foundation grant to offset downtown energy costs with power generated from the Kiskiminetas River, which runs through the town

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