Not everyone loves us though. It's not a Forbes list per se, but they are reporting on what an anonymous commenter pointed out this afternoon. A new Pew Research Center report (online appears to be the embargoed draft) on what regions are perceived as better, or worse, places to live. Cleveland-doting and NYTimes article not withstanding the Pittsburgh brand still needs a lot of work.
That really is not so surprising. I am pretty sure that a lot of the positive PR the region gets lately results when someone out there learns a positive factoid about the Pittsburgh region and it strikes a chord of cognitive dissonance (apologies to E.H.) because it is so unbelievable. It just does not compute for a lot of folks out there, especially those who only know some past superficial. Note my blog filter today caught the well educated Pragmatic Pediatrician with this quote:
it's shocking to realize the numbers of people moving from industrial cities like Detroit, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh.
What do you say? Someone didn't get the memo, or read the NY Times. Old memories die hard.
Speaking of Detroit, or at least Michigan. It takes a lot to spook me, but in the "Northeast Lower Michigan" region the unemployment rate has gone from 12.1 in November to over 15% in December. see page 6. Detroit's regional unemployment has gone up by more than another full percentage point, from 10% in November to 11.1% in December.and just in case we lose sight of some pretty important things between the cold and Super Bowl news. North Versailles is out of cash and that municipal workers "will not be paid for up to eight weeks", yet asks them to keep working in the hope they will get paid down the road. Is North Versailles even in Act 47 status?