Despite some criticism and a tough campaign, Braddock’s unconventional mayor won in Tuesday’s primary, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
He captured 294 votes to his rival’s 103 votes.
“Mr. Fetterman’s detractors were vocal in their criticism of him, accusing him of trying to become ‘Braddock’s landlord,’” the Post-Gazette reported.
It looks like Braddock, Pa. Mayor John Fetterman is shaping up to be a national spokesman for the Rust Belt region.
Or, as this story puts it, “the pissed-off avenging angel of the Rust Belt.”
He recently spoke at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, so this article focuses on his message for cities in Michigan.
Braddock, Pa. and its unconventional mayor, John Fetterman, have gotten quite a bit of national press in recent months, from Monthly Review, to The New York Times, to the Colbert Report.
Some in the Pittsburgh region have known for awhile about Mayor Fetterman and various projects to help revitalize Braddock, a steel town in the Monongahela Valley. As reported in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, there’s the community oven, public art, sustainable agriculture…I could go on.
The Environmental Defense Fund has launched a new ad with Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, claiming carbon caps could offer relief to former steel towns.
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This Monthly Review story tells about the post-industrial devastation in Braddock, PA, and describes the efforts of its unconventional mayor at revitalization. Mayor John Fetterman is a Harvard Graduate who looks like a professional wrestler. He’s taken up the task of trying to revitalize this city of 3,000 outside Pittsburgh, which has lost 90 percent of its population since it was imagined as a neighborhood for employees of Edgar Thompson Steel Works in the late 1800s. Mayor Fetterman is working to establish artists’ spaces and urban gardens.
(Full disclosure: I’m friends with the author.)