VERNA TYNER was 10 when her family moved to Venango Street in Tioga 40 years ago.
“I thought I’d died and gone to heaven,” Tyner said of her new home. “It was just a gorgeous, beautiful neighborhood. The lawns were manicured. The trees were trimmed.”
But as Tyner grew up, the neighborhood fell down.
Dozens of factories that dotted Tioga, Nicetown and Allegheny West began closing, putting thousands of people out of work.
Among them: the Budd Co., which made railcars and later automobile doors; Tasty Baking Co., maker of Tastykakes; and the Stanley Blacker suit factory.