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Walking down the Braddock’s main street, Braddock Avenue, two weeks back, there was hardly a person in sight. Most buildings had their addresses spraypainted on in florescent orange, as is often done to condemned structures. Embracing the decay, my trusty photographer and I wandered into an abandoned dentist’s office on the forlorn strip. The building’s roof had collapsed in on itself, as had most of the floor. In a building next door, also abandoned, I found a Pittsburgh Gazette from 1993 with a brief gossip piece on Michael J. Fox’s frustration with baby boomers. “We’re the post-Pepsi generation,” said Fox. “People graduate college and work at McDonald’s. It’s a different world.”

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