Friday, November 16, 2007

the knitting

Time to get back to the knitting I suppose. From the reading list on the right.....

The November issue of Site Selection Magazine writes about the Nuclear Industry in Western Pennsylvania: Western Pennsylvania Reaps Rewards of Nuclear Power Renaissance.

Also in that same issue is a ranking of state business climates and Pennsylvania ranks 16th. Granted it's not #1, nor even in the top 10, but you often hear people argue that the business climate here is near last. Why the difference with what Site Selection comes up with?

For the urban planner in you: Metropolis Magazine reviews a new book on Jane Jacobs: What Would Jane Do? The actual book reviewed is Block by Block: Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York. As an aside: While I hope we would not have any entries, I do not want to stick my head in the sand either.... The folks at Digital Urban are trying to write a book on the world's worst urban places and you can contribute. They even have their own blog.

and former Pitt professor Al Roth is engaged in an online banter at the Wall Street Journal on the topic of organ donation markets, or lack thereof.

but literally speaking of knitting, i.e. yarn and those pointed stick things... knitting and blogging (and urban planning and economics for that matter) all come together in a new Knit Shop opening today in the East Liberty Plaza*: Natural Stitches. which for knit-challenged me is interesting because it has been chronicling the entrepreneurial travails it takes for a small business in the City to get to this point. So congratulations!

*OK.. OK. the actual location is called The Village of East Side these days, but the reactionary yinzer in me refuses to use that moniker. The Steel Building isn't 600 Grant Street either. and why for the life of me there was a Staples in East Liberty before there was one Downtown I just don't understand.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


According to the link, the overall rankings have PA at #14, not #16, in Site Selection. The Executive Survey placed us #16.

Monday, November 19, 2007 10:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps because there are more small and SOHO businesses in Shadyside, Sq. Hill, Highland Park than downtown?


Tuesday, November 20, 2007 11:46:00 AM  

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