My father was a bookie and professional gambler who worked in several of the area's "hot spots." In a town full of hustlers, prostitutes and gamblers, the profession they looked down on was loan sharking.
It took five weeks to walk from New York to Pittsburgh. After about 270 miles on the Appalachian Trail I headed west on Route 30 till I got to the old steel city to pick up a canoe and begin my river journey on the great Ohio.
Gary Rivlan notes in his book, Broke USA, "the working poor have become big business." You wouldn't think that poor people would be a growth market, but businesses make big money off people who live paycheck to paycheck.