Economic Stimulus means Eco-Experimentation [Video]
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”
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.