Episode 01: Mahanoy City, The End of Coal Country

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     Heather Hoover sits on her porch while her children, Emmalie, 6, Hannah, 3, and Jared, 1, play in front of their home in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania.  Hoover, a mother of eight, hopes to move to a place with more space for her children to play. She said it seems like the town is falling apart.  (Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY)

    Heather Hoover sits on her porch while her children, Emmalie, 6, Hannah, 3, and Jared, 1, play in front of their home in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania. Hoover, a mother of eight, hopes to move to a place with more space for her children to play. She said it seems like the town is falling apart. (Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY)

    On episode 01 of Grapple, we explore how Mahanoy City transformed from a vibrant coal town into a distressed community struggling with job loss, low home values, blight, and fire. You’ll hear stories about how residents have had to deal with house fires, what’s being done about blight, and poetry that captures the town’s coal mining past.

    Check out our photo essay from Mahanoy City: http://bit.ly/2cDiLVh

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