0132 A Rare Industrial City Success Story (USA 064—new)

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Episode 03: Canada

 These days I’ve felt torn between the sense that I need to work to save money before our move to Morocco and the sense that I need to spend as much time as possible exploring this part of the world before I need it.  So far the desire to make money has been winning.  And then, fate decides to change things for me:  I hurt my back at work and I’m told I won’t be able to work for a while.  So, I do what any sensible person would do in that situation:... take a three day road trip to Canada.  I can’t leave this part of the world without at least setting foot in Canada.

 Sure enough, at the end, my back is feeling just fine.  There must be something therapeutic about sleeping in a car for three days...

 So, I'm off, heading straight north out of Harrisburg, along the beautiful Susquehanna river, past Selinsgrove and Lewisburg where this whole parkbenching adventure started last year... I feel Williamsport, Pennsylvania beckoning me--but I know I need to cover some more miles before making my first stop...

 That stop will be Corning, New York.

 After miles of quiet, forested hills (you almost forget you're in crowded Northeast USA) is the bustling little city of Corning.  Immediately I know there was something unusual about this place.  A tall white tower welcomes you to this glassmaking capital... Main Street is buzzing with white collar and blue collar folks out on their lunch breaks.  Shop windows proudly display Corning's trademark glass art... Museums welcome visitors to come see more.

 And I wondered... how is this small, industrial city still alive and successful while so many others in the region have fallen into decay?  Surely, the glass industry could have packed up and moved to China like all the other industries have...

 But it hasn't.  And it's really a nice feeling to see that there's at least one "success story" town here in the Northeast USA...

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