Necropolis: After the Apocalypse

Dale Maharidge

in Someplace Like America

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780520262478
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948792 | DOI:
Necropolis: After the Apocalypse

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On a chilly March afternoon in 2009, Michael S. Williamson and Dale Maharidge drove into Youngstown and felt the desolation of this lost city. There were miles of burned-out and abandoned homes amid meadows that once were neighborhoods. For Dale, the empty floor of the Mahoning Valley, almost all field and forest, looked naked in the absence of over twenty miles of steel mills. The blast furnace area of the Brier Hill Works, the “Jenny” in Bruce Springsteen's song, had long since been demolished, as had the Campbell Works. No blimp factory was ever built. The biggest job creator had been the construction of four prisons. The town felt unfamiliar. So much had decayed and grown over. The authors then went to the home of Ken Platt in the town of Girard, adjacent to the city of Youngstown.

Keywords: Michael S. Williamson; Dale Maharidge; Youngstown; Mahoning Valley; Brier Hill Works; Jenny; Bruce Springsteen; Campbell Works; Ken Platt

Chapter.  2630 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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