Sunday, October 31, 2010

Border Guard Bob takes a hull shot

Ha.  Paz takes a stake to Border Guard Bob. See:  Stop worrying about losing young Pittsburghers.  Though I might have titled the oped 'How I learned to stop worrying and love the diasporan'.  Also note an interesting and related editorial from Livingston County, Michigan: Students Rightly Looking to Depart.

Border Guard Bob needs to call Damage Control Bob

Speaking of young ex-Pittsburghers, funny reading elsewhere in the PG an article about one of the new post-bubble companies, the Chicago-based Groupon, yet there is nary a mention that the Groupon founder Andrew Mason is himself from Pittsburgh.


Anonymous BrianTH said...

Nice to see the PEN getting access to outlets like the Post Gazette. And it wouldn't surprise me if this was a message that many in the area were ready to hear. The Border Guard Bob mentality is tiresome, and I think the idea of Pittsburgh approaching a mobile world with confidence (and a plan) could be a lot more appealing.

Sunday, October 31, 2010 8:19:00 AM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

Yeah, but Bob really isn't taking on that much water. If you add in JimR... and yourself.. we are still talking about 0.00001% of folks. By the time a majority of folks are convinced we will either be extinct or living on Alpha Centauri. I doubt I go a week without some power that be talk about wanting to do something to keep young people here from leaving town.

Sunday, October 31, 2010 8:24:00 AM  
Anonymous The Wiz said...

Everyone looks at Pitt, Duquesne, RMU and other Pittsburgh metro area universities and sees what % grads leave the area. Has anyone done a study of grads from Slippery Rock. IUP, Grove City, California, Clarion, Lock Haven, Edinboro, Westminster, and others to see what numbers of their grads move to the Pittsburgh area? I know of many myself that did just that. And include all the Pitt and PSU branch campuses throughout the state.

Sunday, October 31, 2010 11:11:00 AM  
Anonymous BrianTH said...

Call me Pollyanna, but I think we may be approaching (or just past) an inflection point. Commentary on Pittsburgh among many national elites has taken on a very different tone and substance recently. The recession has caused people to reconsider the conventional wisdom on sustainable economic practices, Pittsburgh's relative performance and possible futute role, and so on.

Sure, worldviews in Pittsburgh change slowly under the best of circumstances, and I don't expect the PEN philosophy to become dominant any time soon. But I do think the conditions are ripe for it to penetrate at a relatively fast rate.

Sunday, October 31, 2010 11:36:00 AM  
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