Thursday, June 17, 2010

Diasporan looks back - the Pittsburgh buzz

From St. Louis is more on what former mayor Tom Murphy had to say down there at a meeting of the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis. The St. Louis goal: to be the next buzz city. (like Pittsburgh is implied?) Some interesting snippets from the first author who starts out by saying she is from Pittsburgh and says it is "weird to see the city hailed as a model for urban revitalization".   Sort of sums up the ubiquitous yinzer cognitive dissonance that is out there.  Not just out there of course.. lots of local folks share her sentiment.  Pittsburgh?  A model for anything?  

and video even.. or a still of a video at least.  Hey, I wonder where he got that factoid on educational attainment?

Note also a bit of contradiction.   The theme is St. Louis should be like Pittsburgh and also that venture capital is important.  Note the mention in passing of the story we don't talk about as much as we should...  of how the local founder of Genentech, Herb Boyer, could not find local venture capital and so wound up founding the worlds largest biotech company elsewhere.  So are we good at this venture capital thing or not?  All depends.  

Nonetheless, I still find it odd that the guy who can't get a bike path named for him locally has a full speaking schedule just about everywhere else in the country and beyond.


Anonymous MH said...

That reporter looks really young. It might be less of a Pittsburgh cognitive dissonance than the near universal "this sucks" attitude of the late teen.

Thursday, June 17, 2010 10:22:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

I have an idea. Why not name the bike path in the memory of some cyclist who got killed by a driver? I'm still very opposed to naming public things after living people, especially former elected officials. Leaving Murphy record aside, I don't want to give the next guy an incentive to build a pyramid.

Friday, June 18, 2010 11:57:00 AM  

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