1940: Pittsburgh before smoke control

‘For more than a century, Pittsburgh was marked as a smoky city. In 1941 an effective smoke control ordinance was passed in the city of Pittsburgh regulating the burning of coal, but the onset of World War II’

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  1. BQ

    nice to see how Pittsburgh looked back then… makes it look so much better now.

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  2. mcravener

    Kind of makes you think how China (mis)handles its environment today.

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  3. Maggie

    And some want to dismantle the EPA today. This is what every city would look like. Just imagine what it did to people’s lungs, especially children.

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  4. Guest

    “And some want to dismantle the EPA today. This is what every city would look like.”

    The last time I checked, the EPA wasn’t created until 25 years after Pittsburgh solved its smoke problem.

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  5. Lauren

    Actually, quite a few of these photos are of St. Louis, MO. Too bad the author did not bother with fact checking.

    #12, 17, 18, 21, 24 and possibly 19, are all in St. Louis, not Pittsburgh. #21 is Union Station, #24 is the Civil Courts, # 12 is the Southwestern Bell Telephone Building, #17, 18 were taken on or near Washington Avenue.

    St. Louis enacted the first smoke control laws in the United States in the 1930s, these photos were taken prior to the law. Pittsburgh based their later smoke control law on St. Louis.

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