Cresson: Remembering Life at the San
November 21, 2011
The tuberculosis sanatorium in Cresson, PA closed in 1964, but former patients are still haunted by their experiences. Many people remember the dangerous illness, the stigma of a TB diagnosis, and the landmark hospital in Cambria County that was nicknamed “The San.” This documentary includes rare archival photos, film and compelling interviews woven around the memories of Chuck Felton, who launched a fascinating website about his life as a teenage patient in the 1950s. Producer: David Solomon; Camera & Editing: Paul Ruggieri.
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Monday, August 29, 2016
Renewal & Reality: Why Not Wilkinsburg?
With a thriving main street, dozens of churches, and a prosperous middle class, Wilkinsburg was once among Pittsburgh's most popular suburbs. But changing times, a failing economy and crime damaged the borough and its citizens. Wilkinsburg is among many local communities fighting to come back – but it faces unique challenges. Neighboring districts have refused to partner with Wilkinsburg’s troubled high school. A referendum to bring liquor licenses into the long-dry borough has passed, but has also raised concerns. The borough’s revival attempts haven’t earned the same media attention as other turnaround neighborhoods like Braddock, East Liberty and Lawrenceville, so they’re fighting to tell their story. Economic development and the spirit of rediscovery are giving many neighborhoods a second chance. So - why not Wilkinsburg?