Follow those stories and infinitives are overrated
PG digs into other city pension issues. Feel free to crowdsource yourself with what I have put on my iPension page. I'm sure there are some other stories in there. The issue remains a lot more basic; why is so little information on the pension system made public. The current online presence for the pension office is a sublime exercise in minimalism. If you look really hard you can find a 2009 'newsletter' on the state of the pension system. Anyway, I don't quite have time to keep that iPension page updated and am more than willing to hear ideas on how to get help to expand it.
Tyler Brûlé's new urban/news/culture fusion show on BloombergTV briefly covers East Liberty's Conflict Kitchen. He forgot the 'h', but who's complaining.
Buzz over the latest story on all things Braddock, this time in the NY Times Magazine which gets closer than most at observing how the stylized facts do not quite match the reality we can measure. We're about to get a 2010 census results, and one of the first things we will all obsess on are population counts of lots of places.. I suspect the population being referenced for Braddock is higher than it really is these days.
Stories of yet another R running for county executive. Who knows how to handicap any of this now? We go from virtually never seeing a contested countywide Republican primary to a 3 or 4 way race (has Drozd actually announced officially?). With McCullough's entrance, you can look back at the race where he won the county at-large seat, coincidentially one of the few contested countywide primaries in decades and the pattern of the McCullough-Acklin results. That and someone did predict McCullough would run for County Executive some time ago.
Good oped on workforce issues facing the region and the state. Maybe I will just rerun the graphic I had posted once of the occupations of Pittsburgh.
Speaking of opeds: I keep telling you, its Yunz, not Yinz and others agree. To answer the question of when 'Yinz' became popular, I still think it was the "New Yinzer" magazine that really put it into the vernacular. Wasn't the origin of course, but when it became the default.
It probably wasn't quite necessary for me to get caught up in this story on adult education in the state,. but a point I generally make is that we often talk about "Pennsylvania" as one big homogenous place when in fact it just isn't. Relevant to this topic, here is a quick table showing the proportion of the population (age 25 and over) who have a bachelor's degree or higher, by county, within Pennsylvania. This really is quite an amazing range of values between the high and low end of this. What I take from it is that it just does not make a lot of sende to talk about Pennsylvania as a whole when it comes to education issues. Not much in common between Fulton and Chester counties here: