Sunday, May 14, 2006

Freakonomics goes multi-media

So this may be an incongruous first post in that it has little to do with Pittsburgh per se... but it is too cool to pass up. Whatever one thinks about Walmart, Thomas Holmes at the Univ. of Minnesota has put together this online video worth taking a look at. See: "The Diffusion of Walmart and the Economics of Density" (.wmv file)

Of course now we need someone to put together "The diffusion (and dissipation) of Isaly's". If there is a Pittsburgh related issue, it raises the question of whether the rumors of a Walmart in East Liberty will someday resurface. Someone is clearly thinking about it.

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