Braddock's population peaked at 20,879 in 1920. Its 2016 estimated population is 2,159 -- a drop of 18,720, or nearly 90%.
Related reading:“Braddock, PA,” a Brisk, Remedial Documentary of a Rust Belt Town. (The New Yorker, 8/7/2018)
In four episodes, each of which lasts just a few minutes, the series gives us a vivid sense of place and politics; watching it this summer, in this anxious pre-midterms moment, might just fire you up even more. Braddock, east of Pittsburgh, on the Monongahela River, is marked by natural beauty and industrial decay. Centered on the Edgar Thomson Steel Works mill, it was once a thriving company town.
Environmentalists by Necessity. (City Lab, 8/1/2018)
In the old steel town of Braddock, Pennsylvania, the toxic footprint is emblematic of what it means to suffer environmental injustice in the U.S. And nobody invested in the town’s future can afford to ignore it.
Other disappearing cities and boroughs of the Keystone StateAliquippa. (1/12/2019)
Other U.S. disappearing cities:
Baltimore, Maryland. (12/31/2018)
Benton Harbor, Michigan. (1/15/2019)
Buffalo, New York, (1/8/2019)
Cairo, Illinois. (1/5/2019)
Cleveland, Ohio (1/2/2019)
Detroit, Michigan. (1/1/2019)
East St. Louis, Illinois. (1/11/2019)
Flint, Michigan. (1/7/2019)
Gary, Indiana. (1/4/2019)
St. Louis, Missouri. (1/2/2019)
Wheeling, West Virginia. (1/16/2019)
Youngstown, Ohio. (1/9/2019)