Thursday, September 23, 2010

Silos of Small Beer?

ok.. that isn't my title, but talk about using a title to catch folks' attention.  Here is your required reading for the day:

The Center for American Progress has a report subtitled: A Case Study of the Efficacy of Federal Innovation Programs in a Key Midwest Regional Economy.  The actual title is really:  Silos of Small Beer.

It is about us and just a couple other nearby regions (Pittsburgh-Akron-Cleveland-Youngstown to be specific, so it's yet another Cleveburgh story), and the title picture is...  us as well.  I do believe Dr. Feldman has lots of CMU ties and at least some of the funding came from the Heinz Endowments.

I really have to upgrade my titles.  That really may be the best title in the history of wonk-dom.  I was hoping there was an Iron City reference in that, alas not. 


Anonymous MH said...

Speaking of beer, I just had to explain to some out-of-staters how you can't buy beer in a liquor store. They were so out of the loop, they asked if the gas station sold beer. Anyway, I had to explain the whole "beer distributor" thing to them and then leave them hanging because I cannot remember what street it is on. I told them to go out to Forbes and ask somebody younger.

Thursday, September 23, 2010 1:31:00 PM  
Blogger Jim Russell said...

There is an explicit reference to "Cleveburg" in the report.

Thursday, September 23, 2010 5:17:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

You know.. I might be responsible for that. I ran into Maryann at a conference earlier in the year and when she was telling me about this project I told her I owned the rights to

Thursday, September 23, 2010 5:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Johnnyg said...

MH--don't forget, you can always buy 6 packs at bars, some Giant Eagles, and the curious case of the Penn Aiken Dairy. Ever figure that one out, Chris?

Thursday, September 23, 2010 9:01:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

I mentioned that option, but they were interested in larger quantities.

Thursday, September 23, 2010 9:47:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

Not that this fits here at all.. but since you asked.

Penn-Aiken Dairy and the Brian and Cooper market a couple blocks away are one of a very few number of "E" (or 'Speakeasy' I am told it is called) licenses that exist in the region. Brian and Cooper (which was a 7/11 until earlier this decade) in particular has been the focus of concentrated neighborhood activism for many years because of the incidental activity of the liquor license... but basically it is quite legal in all respects.

There had been some very recent accord between neighborhood and the store and the neighborhood and they were supposed to be expanding their actual food options in the store, but I have yet to notice anything different in what they sell.

Turns out to be an old friend of mine who owns the actual property there, not the store... changes might be coming down the line.

The Giant Eagles are a recent, but one would expect growing option for beer sales in PA. I personally think the expansion of Walgreens across the state is predicated on future beer sales. We'll see.

Any other questions?

Thursday, September 23, 2010 9:50:00 PM  
Anonymous The Wiz said...

I've gotten about half way through the report and the one thing that stands out to me is it reinforces an idea I've had for years. And that is that western Pa, eastern Ohio, the panhandle of WV and western NY all should break away and start a new state.

Pa politics is dominated by Philly and that SE quadrant. Ohio is run by Columbus and Cincinnati. And Buffalo and Rochester are ignored by NYC and Albany. All of these areas have the same issues, similar histories, and the lack of political clout in their states.

I attended a Power of 32 meeting this summer and told them they think too small. I was told I was the only one that didn't say that they were thinking too big!

And it would be poetic for these areas to break away from their captive states now...just as the Marcellus gas gives us the financial strength we need.

Thursday, September 23, 2010 11:12:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

A new state? A novel thought.

I suppose we could just break away and merge with West Virginia. That would solve the whole extraction tax debate here in Pennsylvania since West Virginia already has one (several technically).

Thursday, September 23, 2010 11:44:00 PM  
Anonymous The Wiz said...

Westsylvania? wow they even took part of Kentucky!

All of WV, western Pa plus central Pa, eastern Oh,and western NY

That would be a great state with several major cities, lots of natural resources, rivers and two Great Lakes, an international border, lots major universities, and a sizable, and well trained (if somewhat mature) population.

Lets do it!

Thursday, September 23, 2010 11:58:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

Buffalo - Pittsburgh - Erie - Youngstown - Wheeling - Weirton - Steubenville

There is a group always at the top of that 'thriving' list.

I do believe Aaron Renn covered this last week.. zoom in on the map there for the Pittsburgh 'sphere of influence'

Power of 84?

Friday, September 24, 2010 12:08:00 AM  
Anonymous MH said...

How about we start by making Philly part of New Jersey?

Friday, September 24, 2010 8:38:00 AM  
Anonymous The Wiz said...

The maps by Urbanophile are really interesting. Thanks for the link. They just confirm my thoughts. Look at Pittsburgh and it's influence area. Add in Buffalo, Cleveland and Charleston, What a great state that would be.

One of the things best would be by including four (Five if you count Youngstown/Warren) urban areas of all about the same size and economic power balances out the political power and prevents one city from dominating the rest.

No more Philly dominating Pa, NYC ruling New York. or Cleveland being left to rot from within.

Just a dream, I'm afraid.

Friday, September 24, 2010 9:31:00 AM  
Anonymous MH said...

(Five if you count Youngstown/Warren)

I've been there and I wouldn't.

Friday, September 24, 2010 10:46:00 AM  

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