Thus it really is worth pointing out what Jim R. caught in Florida news of folks fleeing the Sunshine State for Pittsburgh?? Ok, just one 'folk' and 'fleeing' may be as misused for them as it often was for us... Nonetheless, lots of positive Pittsburgh thoughts in that article as well. I'm trained to not make too much of anecdotal points like this, but I am pretty sure you could have gone several decades where it would have been impossible to find a single story of someone leaving Florida because they could only find work in Pittsburgh, let alone see it written about in the Florida media no less. It really does not compute.
The fact that this is all in the middle of a recession* is all the more curious. What would the unemployment rate be here if folks like this were not moving here for jobs? Forget all those foreign immigrants, it's these folks from Florida coming and taking 'our' jobs. I wonder if this guy is going to settle in Cranberry. At least Florida is not sending us their pythons.
Our new Pittsburgher is a darn Princetonian to boot and a boomeranger no less. No diaspora report in some time?? Just saying.
update: This does not count as a diaspora report ok... but PG+ picks up the story and has offered a beer to our new neighbor. Good line that it all could be good fodder for the Onion in a counterfactual world. Makes me think that what we need is a "Welcome to Pittsburgh" blog. I know some have things that come close to that, but.......
* yeah, yeah I know... While they have not defined the recession end officially; when they do we may very well be out of it...