In 2016, Eliese Goldbach, a millennial with a degree in English, is working as a house painter. She visits an old friend in Washington, D.C. They hang out with a couple of lawyers, who make fun of her being from Cleveland. “What does Cleveland produce, anyway?” one says. Goldbach can’t say.
But a few months later, Goldbach realizes the answer when she is hired at Cleveland’s massive steel mill that spans both sides of the Cuyahoga River: Cleveland makes steel. Goldbach needs the job, and the mill pays a lot better than anything else around.
Read more in the July 29 - Aug. 4, 2020 issue.