Extreme Community Makeover
When a community sheds the long-time burden of a major polluter, it’s usually something to celebrate. But what happens next isn’t always so simple.
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‘Coal just isn’t the future’: Meet the Kentucky miners picking up a new trade
Jobs in southeast Kentucky's coal mines are vanishing. Can green jobs replace them?
A zombie garbage incinerator divides a working-class town in Massachusetts.
For two decades, residents in Revere, Massachusetts, have seemingly had to choose between jobs and their health.
As Houston plots a sustainable path forward, it’s leaving this neighborhood behind
Advocates say the city is sacrificing the community of Manchester to the petrochemical industry.
How coal communities can outlive coal
There is a way to make moving on from coal a win-win proposition. Watch our video to find out more.
This Kansas City neighborhood wrote the blueprint for transforming a community
Inner-city Ivanhoe, once a haven for drugs and illegal dumping, is now a beacon of revitalization.
This army base once drove West Oakland’s economy. Now it drives discrimination.
Ignored by officials, residents filed a federal civil rights complaint to have a say in their community's future.
Rising from the ashes, a Buffalo suburb ends its dependence on coal
Tonawanda, New York, provides a blueprint for other struggling post-industrial communities.