Pittsburgh past... Pittsburgh future.
Many have read me here or in person talk about Ben's work on regional economics, in particular the Pittsburgh economy. Even though much of his work was dated to the 50's and 60's much of it is as relevant today as it was back then. It is remarkable how so many folks keep trying to figure out the answers to things that folks like Ben and his colleagues provided clear perspectives on long ago... including many issues that we still grapple with today. Sometimes you have to stop reinventing the wheel and trust the answers you have.
If you want an example of what I am talking about. Read Ben's perspective on entrepreneurship in Pittsburgh, or lack thereof from just about a half century ago:Contrasts in Agglomeration: New York and Pittsburgh. American Economic Review. Papers and Proceedings,Vol. 51, 1961, pp. 279-289.