Pennsylvania’s Emptiest Town

The Philadelphia Inquirer published an interesting piece today about Pennsylvania’s emptiest town: Monessen.

A view of downtown Monessen, Pennsylvania, towards the coke plant.

A view of downtown Monessen, Pennsylvania, towards the coke plant.

Once a bustling steel town that packed gambling halls and pizza parlors, Monessen has dwindled from 12,000 to about 8,000 today.

It now has 232 vacant residences, the most of any other Pennsylvania town, according to the Associated Press. And unlike, Detroit or Youngstown or Flint, tiny Monessen cannot command the resources do do much demolition.

The city, 28 miles south of Pittsburgh, has about $75,000 to devote to demolition this year.

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3 responses to “Pennsylvania’s Emptiest Town

  1. Special K

    I don’t know, what about Centralia?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centralia,_Pennsylvania
    I guess that is a special case though.

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  3. Elaine

    I found this town to be rich in history. it is sad to see all the historic buildings going to waste, and all the empty old homes on the hill falling into ruin. just a shame.

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