Still population 'loser'
Remember when I first threw out the billion number? Let's just say the city didn't like that at all and disputed it. In fact it was just 15 months ago the city had quotes in the public record saying things like: "The city is legally required to fully fund the pension and is on track to do so", and that was without any talk at all of a parking asset sale. Funnier that. Realize that the number we learn today is now already 15 months old and the trends are pretty clear that by now any total liability number to be reported is already higher.
anyway... CNN has us ranked up there as one of the top population 'losers' to be documented by the census. This one sentence is has all sorts of screweyness in it. :
Though the recession has recently forced some of Pittsburgh's residents to stay put until an economic rebound, the city's net population loss has been 76,000 since the last census tally.
Like everyone else, the article conflates 'city' or the 'region'. It keeps saying city but the numbers it cites are all the region. Note how it presumes even the migration story is presumed to not have an in-migration piece. That comes from jumping from a national story (migration rates are down) to what is happening in Pittsburgh which is a leap. I'll take the small victory I guess that the expert quote in the piece notes the impact of natural population change and does not jump to presuming it's all because of migration.
Not much love for Youngstown either in their list.
In other news.... Real Clear Politics talks of Pennsylvania as the most competitive state in the 2010 election cycle and not much notice here but Ohio is abuzz with talk of possible expansion of US Steel over the border. Use of 'steel' and 'expanding' or 'investment' may prove to be too much cognitive dissonance for folks here to accept. What is up with the Clairton Coke Works $billion+ investment US Steel had been planning but deferred as the recession set in? and in the completely misc category. KDKA editor Olga George gets a big tech shout out in USAToday.