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John P. Blake

Distressed communities fix hasn't worked

Every weekday after school, dozens of children pour into a repurposed former Serbian Club on North Third Street in Duquesne.

The walls of the Duquesne-West Mifflin Boys & Girls Club are decorated with cheerful slogans: "The Positive Place for Kids!"

"The Club That Beats the Streets!"

"Great Futures Start Here."

They are a small counterweight to the reality that the city has one of the highest child poverty rates in the region and services are few.

Here, kids play at the air hockey or foosball tables, talk to their friends, do their homework, or have a hot meal in the basement. Staff tell them to keep their voices down...