Troy, New York: A Former Steel Town Makes A Comeback10:44
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Welcome to Troy, New York, a city of about 50,000 people on the eastern bank of the Hudson River. (Jill Ryan/Here & Now)
Welcome to Troy, New York, a city of about 50,000 people on the eastern bank of the Hudson River. (Jill Ryan/Here & Now)
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As New York prepared for its primary Tuesday, we stopped by the city of Troy in Upstate New York. It's a city that had its heyday in the mid 1900s, but it has fallen on hard times. A quarter of the population is now living in poverty.

Known as “collar city,” Troy used to be a manufacturing hub for detachable shirt collars, which have seen a prolonged period of decline in recent decades. It was also an important center for steel manufacturing in the 1800s and early 1900s.

Here & Now’s Robin Young visited Troy to look at what’s happening with the city now. She spoke with Gene Bunnell, professor emeritus at University at Albany (SUNY) and Stanley Hadsell, manager of Market Block Books in Troy.

She also spoke with Andrea and Chris Burt at Lil Nicky's Pizzeria, a restaurant they recently bought.

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This segment aired on April 19, 2016.

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