I always had a fascination with Scranton Lace. I remember being in a car with the family, occasionally driving past, and marveling about everything here-- the size of the buildings, the clock tower, the whistle... It was also a source of local pride. A world famous product was made in Scranton. Now, all we seem to hang our hat on is a dreadful sitcom.
It was a sad day when the factory closed. Jobs lost. Our economy took a hit. Prestige disappeared. This was an amazing building-- offices, machinery, a bowling alley, food... a city unto itself.
The place was vacant for years, and I'm sorry I never had the chance to go inside before renovations started.
The renaissance has begun, and look for some thoughts on that here tomorrow.