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Bitter Before Bitter Was Fashionable

McKEESPORT, Pa. -- This town was bitter before bitter was fashionable.

The Monongahela River Valley lost its steel mills in the '80s and, a quarter-century later, this sad town in the heart of the Mon Valley still hasn't recovered. Its downtown is a collage of crumbling buildings, and its once-proud landmark, the 102-year-old People's Union Bank Building, has signs in the window:

"Bank Repo Sale.

Excellent Deal.

Eight stories.

Priced to sell!"

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-- Dana Milbank

By Dana Milbank  | April 22, 2008; 7:23 AM ET
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