Thursday, April 22, 2010

Whitman is still right

Caught this via Visualizing Economics... but this video on the meaning of data from WheresGeorge actually is awfully deep... At the end it focuses for a second on what the megapolitan Pittsburgh really means.  Worth watching in general, but see through to the end to the segment that really impacts us.   Anyone get the Whitman allusion?   put another way, the world isn't quite flat just yet.  Topography matters. 


Blogger joe said...

That's a fine video.

We are large, we contain multitudes?

Song of Myself:

"I am of old and young, of the foolish as much as the wise,
Regardless of others, ever regardful of others,
Maternal as well as paternal, a child as well as a man,
Stuff'd with the stuff that is coarse and stuff'd with the stuff
that is fine,
One of the Nation of many nations, the smallest the same and the
largest the same,
A Southerner soon as a Northerner, a planter nonchalant and
hospitable down by the Oconee I live,
A Yankee bound my own way ready for trade, my joints the limberest
joints on earth and the sternest joints on earth,
A Kentuckian walking the vale of the Elkhorn in my deer-skin
leggings, a Louisianian or Georgian,
A boatman over lakes or bays or along coasts, a Hoosier, Badger, Buckeye;
At home on Kanadian snow-shoes or up in the bush, or with fishermen
off Newfoundland,
At home in the fleet of ice-boats, sailing with the rest and tacking,
At home on the hills of Vermont or in the woods of Maine, or the
Texan ranch,
Comrade of Californians, comrade of free North-Westerners, (loving
their big proportions,)
Comrade of raftsmen and coalmen, comrade of all who shake hands
and welcome to drink and meat,
A learner with the simplest, a teacher of the thoughtfullest,
A novice beginning yet experient of myriads of seasons,
Of every hue and caste am I, of every rank and religion,
A farmer, mechanic, artist, gentleman, sailor, quaker,
Prisoner, fancy-man, rowdy, lawyer, physician, priest.

I resist any thing better than my own diversity,
Breathe the air but leave plenty after me,
And am not stuck up, and am in my place.

(The moth and the fish-eggs are in their place,
The bright suns I see and the dark suns I cannot see are in their place,
The palpable is in its place and the impalpable is in its place.)"

Thursday, April 22, 2010 12:16:00 PM  
Blogger Bram Reichbaum said...

So if I'm reading this right, it'd really pay off for Pittsburgh to cross-promote ourselves along with Cleveland, Dayton, Cincinnati, Detroit and Grand Rapids (as the most cosmopolitan and global of the Gritty Belt?), while spreading our economic might and investment into West Virginia and Kentucky. Gulp.

Saturday, April 24, 2010 2:40:00 AM  

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