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Closing All the Factories Down

Well we're living here in Allentown And they're closing all the factories down Out in Bethlehem they're killing time Filling out forms Standing in line © Billy Joel  Photo courtesy of tvtropes.org Billy Joel’s anthem to factory workers who have lost their jobs in the steel mills of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania speaks eloquently to the challenge facing many American cities—shuttered factories and high unemployment among moderately skilled workers—as well as the erosion of confidence in the “American Dream” for so many working people. Given the trend towards a globalized economy, there is simply no way to stem the tide that is carrying U.S. industry abroad toward lower-cost environments. And as we all know, the inexorable result of this process has been the closure of factories in hundreds of cities across New England, the Rust Belt, and other industrial centers, leaving behind a legacy of environmental contamination—i.e., brownfields. But, while cleanup and…Log In to Read Full Article

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