Devastation and Renewal: An Environmental History of Pittsburgh and Its Region

Check out this new book about the environmental history of Western Pennsylvania. From the Pitt Press description: "In Devastation and Renewal, scholars of the urban environment . . . ask not only what happened to Pittsburgh's environment, but why. What forces--economic, political, and cultural--were at work? In exploring the disturbing history of pollution in Pittsburgh, they consider not only the sooty skies, but also the poisoned rivers and creeks, the mined hills, and scarred land. Who profited and who paid for such "progress"? How did the environment Pittsburghers live in come to be, and how it can be managed for the future?"


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