Cleveburgh on Cleveburgh
PD is not new to the topic and from over a couple years ago was this: Pittsburgh's renaissance holds lesson for Cleveland. It is worth noting that that story was out a half year before the G20 was even announced as coming to Pittsburgh and, along with some others, may not be insignificant in laying the groundwork that lead the White House to us in the first place as G20 host. So we may owe them. I still think the seminal piece seeding most of this was from the Detroit Free Press even before that. Or farther; I'll tell you that the journalist who wrote the FreeP article had been working on that piece for at least the 6 months or so before it ever came out.
Today, the positive Pittsburgh story has become so ubiquitous that we barely mention even when it comes from over the pond. Some of it can be overplayed for sure, but we really have become a global story in a way that was once, and in some ways still is, hard to grasp.
Where it brings us back to is the current state where Pittsburgh, and any collaboration I or others can theorize, is not dismissed as it likely would have been for an awfully long time.
I'll add that we are all collectively grateful that the Plain Dealer did not ask me to offer up that oped in verse. (h/t GregV for that reference as well as for indulging this little thought experiment in the first place of course).