Thursday, April 23, 2009

Detroit again, Richard Florida and Pittsburgh

Didn't catch this myself, but from the peanut gallery is an NPR story on Detroit mostly, but he has some positive comments in passing from former Burgher Richard Florida on Pittsburgh.

Take a listen to: It's Time For The Post-Automotive Era

and as bad as it is for Detroit these days, the recent news that GM is planning on shuttering all of its plants for 9 weeks this summer (I think that is the news) means its already high unemployment is going to shoot up. And like Pittsburgh 25 years ago, that Detroit unemployment rate is high despite the migration of workers I suspect is already taking place. If they were remaining in place, that regional unemployment rate could be even higher.


Blogger Mark Arsenal said...

It's interesting RF has taken this tack lately, after having spent years selling his dog and pony show to sunbelt cities, telling them to incentivize the bubble by building a 'lifestyle city' for rich professional metrosexuals. I sure wish he'd apologize for the past decade or so now that he realized he was wrong...

Thursday, April 23, 2009 7:54:00 PM  
Anonymous bruce said...

I almost drove onto the sidewalk on Liberty Ave with disbelief when I heard RF's gracious comments on how Pgh overcame its loss of the steel mills and is now something Detroit should strive for. He should have given more love to Pgh when he was living here.

Thursday, April 23, 2009 9:11:00 PM  
Anonymous johnnyg said...

So, I'm the "peanut gallery"?

Saturday, April 25, 2009 3:49:00 PM  

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