DONORA, Pa. — This downriver town has long endured the drooping narrative of Rust Belt endings, in which most of what is gets dwarfed by most of what used to be. But it has never been a place where people have trouble getting to the point.
The little business at the edge of Donora is called Beer, Butts and Bets, so no one will mistake it for the regional office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. I wolfed a burger the other day at a breakfast and lunch place called, helpfully, Breakfast and Lunch.
That's what the sign outside said.
A man at the Formica counter was poring through the paper.
"Pirates lost. What a shock!" he announced to no one...