Economic Stimulus means Eco-Experimentation [Video]

  • Published on February 27th, 2009

In his interview segment on Wednesday night, Steven Colbert sat down with John Fetterman, the Mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania.  In between the usual Colbert shtick, Fetterman managed to make some interesting points about what the town of Braddock is trying to do in this era of green stimulus.  His suggestion for how to bring back his town?  Experimentation!

When you say that your town is open for Urban experimentation…  Are you taking part in these experiments?    because you look like you’ve received a large dose of Gamma Radiation

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Where the Steel Goes…

The town of Braddock was once a thriving population of 20,000 people, all based around an active steel industry.  We know what happens to Allegheny towns when the Steel industry leaves: it’s not a pretty sight.  The town is now completely bankrupt, boasts a population of 2,500 people and a sign that says “Open for Good Ideas”.  It appears that anyone with a good Shovel Ready project idea can use Braddock as a blank canvas.  Fetterman is trying to use the Colbert Bump to bump his town back into relevance — on the back of green inventors and green ideas!

More video on Fetterman and the town of Braddock.

More on stimulus spending on Red Green and Blue

About the Author

Alan Smith is a Freelance Producer in Brooklyn New York who’s been fortunate enough in the past to work on a Peabody award winning radio show (the Brian Lehrer show, WNYC Radio) and an Emmy nominated TV program (Brian Lehrer Live on CUNY TV). Other highlights include PhilanthroMedia, a new media company which works for social change with non-profits and foundations across the globe. In my spare time, I’m interested in the science and politics of the current green movement, and write about those things in and around whatever else crosses my grill at www.livingtheamericangreen.org