More than the gala location of Musikfest or the home
of Christkindlmarkt, the city of Bethlehem brings to mind one picture.
No, not Lehigh engineers, but STEEL! Driving through and around the
city reveals the Bethlehem Steel industrial complex, five miles long and covering thousands of acres. As employers of thousands of residents and provider
of over a fifth of the cityís revenue, "The Steel" was a central part of
life for Bethlehemís inhabitants for many decades. Yet a closer look
at the surroundings in Bethlehem shows empty office buildings, numerous
large homes for sale, and no smoke pouring forth from the factory towers.
The enormous machine shops and blast furnaces still stand as a tribute
to what "The Steel" once was, and this site hopes to explain how it rose to
its pinnacle, then fell, taking much of the city with it. It also
hopes to show the new signs of life surging through Bethlehemís
streets once again.