While the common narrative we hear of Pittsburgh is a celebratory one in which the region rose from the ashes of steel to become a prosperous eds and meds town; its not the only narrative. Yes there is a business boom and new restaurants but there are increasing numbers of mothers with homeless infants; veterans coming home from war, the formerly middle- class dealing with medical bills and entire communities dealing with some of the worst environmental toxins in the country.
And while the population continues to increase, in the last few years more refugees and immigrants have moved to Pittsburgh than Brooklyn transplants. Many of them have become the region’s newest working poor.
I want to tell these stories – as well as stories about the newly poor because of the recent recession and those that have been born into generations of poverty.