Air Crisis in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh emerged from World War II as an industrial powerhouse, providing steel for the war effort and manufactured goods for the rebuilding that followed. However, it also became regarded as the filthiest city in America as smoke became a symbol of decline rather than progress. A bipartisan effort resulted in the enactment of smog control and the beginning of Pittsburgh's Renaissance in 1948.

Historic photos from Pittsburgh: The Story of an American City by Stefan Lorant

To learn more, order Lorant's book Pittsburgh: The Story of an American City.

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