Friday, June 11, 2010

What's Pittsburgh's Secret?

Inquiring minds want to know. 

Obligatory mention of what one of the news filters caught from St. Louis, though I'm not surprised Jim R. saw it as well.

Long way to go to find the answer to that... You would think someone would have the answer around here and save us the trip.  There is also a new and growing cottage industry of people claiming to have answers to that question.  I'll lay odds that Shawn and Tom don't have the same answer either.  Which one is correct?  Could it be both? or is it neither?  Does it matter?


Anonymous BrianTH said...

I think the short answer is that Pittsburgh had its economic disaster and hit rock bottom 25 or so years earlier than cities like Detroit. And conversely, we are just now entering the urban renaissance phase other cities like New York started in the late 1980s or 1990s.

In that sense, I don't think we have a secret to share. We're just on a somewhat unusual historical track, thanks to the steel bust.

Friday, June 11, 2010 8:17:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

Regression to the mean.

Friday, June 11, 2010 9:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reliance on sectors buoyed by large, uncontroversial government subsidies. Making stuff is for chumps.

Saturday, June 12, 2010 2:42:00 PM  

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