For myriad reasons, Anniston’s mistakes linger and its successes aren’t evenly shared. It didn’t get this way through wise planning and good fortune. It got this way through City Hall missteps, Monsanto’s evils, Pentagon abandonment, racial and class flight, fits of demagoguery and the terrible realities of industrial America.
Back in the day, Anniston’s power brokers bet the city’s economy on three things: pipe shops, textile mills and the Army. Two died. One left. Nothing of substance has replaced them.