Thursday, May 15, 2008

Stranger With a Pen

It's too easy an explanation to just say race explains a lot of the election results, even considering the lopsided WV results. From the Newhouse News Service is something that may do a more thorough job at explaining a lot of things, not just the election results of late. See today's piece: Obama's Appalachian Problem by Jonathan Tilove. Might also portend the VP slot, but who knows.

Largest city in Appalachia? Must be somewhere else right? Some stuff of note in the collected volume written not long ago: Pittsburgh and the Appalachians: Cultural and Natural Resources in a Postindustrial Age


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pittsburgh has of late been desparately trying to connect into other economic centers like the east coast corridor or the great lakes. Maybe there is some value instead of crafting a new niche in the upper appalachian region? I79 is dead, comparatively, to the east/west routes.

Thursday, May 15, 2008 9:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

another interesting thread to the story:

Saturday, May 17, 2008 9:16:00 AM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

I honestly thought of making that map when reading some of the commentary following the WV primary... but no time. Maybe I could have gotten a NYT column out of it. :-)

Like all overinterpretations the 'Democrat hasn't won without WV since 1916' statement can't mean as much as it seems.. at the same time, that oped is overshadowed by the map they put up there which may be misleading for the reasons all such small scale maps are in the US. I bet the non-red areas in the bottom map match the population density of the region. Also, there is no official definition of Appalachaia of course, but the ARC's definition seems to stretch it across all of PA and into the Catskills in a way that may no longer be true. I bet if you shrink the definition to account for suburbanization/exurbanization of fringing metro areas the remaining area is a bit less lopsided in its blue/red split.

Saturday, May 17, 2008 10:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my college history professor always called pittsburgh the largest city in appalachia. he termed it 'urban appalachia'.

Sunday, May 18, 2008 4:18:00 PM  

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