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Outfall: 1936

Outfall: 1936

September 1936. "Pittsburgh waterfront, Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers." Medium format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA. View full size.

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The US, as the third-largest steel producer, puts out about 1/4 as much steel as the largest (China). US production is majority mini-mills these days. Still a lot of integrated steelmaking, but we've got a lot of scrap to use, and it costs less.

Incidentally, Japan is number two in steel production. They have 40% of our population.

Something in the water

My dad grew up in Braddock (a part of Pittsburgh) quite near and perhaps even more polluted than this photo shows. All four of his daughters had to face breast cancer as adults (the first in either side of the family). Who knows if this may have been a contributing factor.

Employment versus pollution.

The nasty, polluting steelmills are in China now.

We now have time without end to enjoy the fresh clean water and air. We have nothing to do, because the well paying jobs left too.

[In the 2008 national rankings, the United States was the world's third-largest producer of steel. - Dave]


If this were colorized, it wouldn't change a bit except for the sky (yellow) and water (heaven knows what).

How to see

This is the kind of photo that black and white was made for.


This is where I caught all those three-eyed fish.

Down by the Win-e-gar Woiks

Oh I live under the viaduct
Down by the winegar woiks
Where they chain all the chilluns
To fences and logs
They do it to keep 'em
From biting the dogs
Oh I live under the viaduct
Down by the winegar woiks!

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