Wednesday, August 12, 2009

back from the edge and ever more rankings

I know many readers here might not have been so interested in my brief updates on the bike trip to DC, but it was the easiest way to keep some folks updated.. I'll write a trip report when I can, but the moral of the story is: if I can do it so can you! It's not the same experience we had, but I would encourage everyone to read Franklin Toker's account he put in the PG's Next Page last year.

But the very very brief synopsis of our warmer, but dryer, (compared to Professor Toker's) trip was:

Saturday: Connellsville to Cumberland, MD on the Youghiogheny River Trail and the Allegheny Highlands Trails (PA and MD). (91 miles)
Sunday: Cumberland to Hancock, MD on the C&O Canal (60 miles)
Monday: Hancock to Shepherdstown, WV (51 miles)
Tuesday: Shepherdstown to White''s Ferry just outside DC. (35 miles)

I do see I missed a bike brouhaha over the trail next to the new casino. A brief tempest that looks to have been solved by a call from my neighbor Darla to the powers that be down at the casino. Go Darla! Folks have heard me give credit to TM for the vision that became the bike trail system through the city, but for those who do not realize it, Darla made that vision into a practical reality.

Oh yeah, and I missed the casino opening. Oh well. I am sure the casino will provide lots of quantitative fodder for years to come. Is there a casino dedicated blog out there yet? I mean a blog dedicated to just the casino here. I know Toland has the PG online only Casino Journal already.


But back to the knitting.....

If you have not obsessed enough on rankings... Joel Kotkin has a colum about the multiple "Livable Cities" rankings of late. Pittsburgh mentioned several times. Speaking of rankings, I mentioned Pittsburgh's low showing in something called the Smarter Cities list recently. Some interesting comments from the editor of that list in the comments of that post.

and US News and World report includes Pittsburgh in their list of 10 Cities Primed for a Real Estate Recovery. While BusinessWeek has us listed in their 30 strongest US Real Estate markets.

Finally finally. This is curious. A report called: Pittsburgh: the rest of the story, put out by something called the Campaign for America's Future. Don't really know much about them, but certainly a data point on Pittsburgh 'buzz' of late. I really need to make a list of all this stuff.

update: The Philly Inquirer has a blurb on this Institute for America's Future report on Pittsburgh. Talks about the RERI. I have some of the reports on the Regional Economic Revitalization Initiative here, but I don't think I have scanned unfortunately. I'll see if I can get some of them digitized.


Hey, how about a G20 bike trip? The leaders of the world biking out to Ohiopyle and visiting Fallingwater. OK, not going to happen. But maybe some of the journalists in town might spend a half of a day? One of the architectural wonders of the world and what is considered by some to be one of the most beautiful trails in the world. I bet someone would take up the chance if presented to them. Might just wind up as a story in the Moldovian press, but hey.. why not?


Anonymous RoboticGhost said...

FWIW, the Institute for America's Future (same thing as the Campaign) is a "non-partisan" lefty think tank/ lobby firm with a decent amount of juice among the pointy-headed DC blogosphere set. David Sirota and Bill Scher are involved with them somehow. Anyways, its a nice piece, written by smart outsiders, probably as a run up to Netroots Nation aka Sir Not-Appearing-in-all-the-Pittsburgh-Hype-Stories

Anyways, I'm looking forward to the trip recap!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 9:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Kotkin piece is very perceptive.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 1:31:00 PM  
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