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By Katie Jahns & Julia Mkrtychian

Graphic by Katie Jahns

When life-long Southsider Tom Shepherd moved to Pullman in 1971, he was already familiar with the environmental concerns that plagued the neighborhood. While Pullman has undergone a transformation since then, Shepherd said his memories of nauseating smells, grit, and grime are difficult to forget.

“Whenever I would drive downtown, it was like you were driving through a fire,” he said. “[The air] was thick, like there was just smoke. There was so much pollution. Everyone was burning coal at the time; it was just a filthy mess.”

Unfortunately, Shepherd’s memories of dense smog and…

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