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Young Wheeling

There’s a movement afoot to reinvent the city of Wheeling, West Virginia, a once vibrant factory town that has since settled into decades of industrial decay. Like most movements for change, it’s beautiful, messy, inspiring, and complicated. And the young people leading the way say: it’s worth it.

Over the past few years, a group of ambitious, active, community-minded young people has settled in the Friendly City. Some came from afar, some returned home, and some never left. They have been coming together over time to talk about what’s next for their city. Now they are rehabbing abandoned mansions, making art, farming, opening businesses, and starting organizations that they hope will lead the way to a new economy.

The transformation isn’t quite on the scale of Rust Belt resurgence towns like Buffalo or Pittsburgh. Not yet, anyway. But it appears this group is just getting started. Producer Catherine Moore went to Wheeling to meet some of them and brought back these snapshots of some of the faces of Young Wheeling.

For more on this story and to meet these young people, visit wvpublic.org/post/young-wheeling