Friday, April 29, 2011

Rust Belt Ball


See the USAToday with the most ill-conceived thesis ever in this article today: Indians, Tigers, Pirates and Reds fighting population loss in the Rust Belt.

Does anyone in the world really think Pirates' attendance problems (worst in the NL according to the article) have anything at all to do with population loss in the City of Pittsburgh proper which is the only factoid they reference for us in that article. 

I do have a question though; what is the top attendance at AAA games around the country?


Speaking of population though..  this factoid may be more important as symbol, but something I put up over here is some recent census data released on the population in group quarters as of 2010. For Allegheny County the population in nursing homes is down significantly, while the population in college dorms is up a large amount over the decade.  Check it out.


Anonymous Urban Sprawl said...

Related to Pirates non-attendance...

Does closing the Robert Clemente (Sixth St) bridge to automotive traffic during weeknight Pirates games really serve the greater good of the community? How much walking throughput do you need to handle a "crowd" of 2,500 people? The bridge sidewalks should suffice, right?

Related to the difficulties caused by closing the Roberto Clemente Bridge…

Let’s take a page-out-of Toronto’s playbook and prohibit all left turns in downtown Pittsburgh.

Friday, April 29, 2011 8:42:00 AM  
Anonymous DBR96A said...

I'll worry about population loss in Pittsburgh when the Steelers stop selling out games. If Detroit can't sell out Red Wings games on a consistent basis anymore, then their situation is much worse than Pittsburgh's.

Friday, April 29, 2011 1:57:00 PM  
Anonymous BrianTH said...

What is in the "other" categories in the group quarters data, and why did they drop so much?

Friday, April 29, 2011 5:53:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

There are different things going on and we may know a bit more when we map out the changes. One of those categories that dropped a lot includes a a variety of care homes for mental care which there has been a big push to deinstitutionalize. The deinstitutionalization push is what is likely behind such a large drop in nursing home population per se.

Friday, April 29, 2011 6:06:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

Was PA the last state to discover psychotropic medication? I think deinstitutionalization was mostly worked through its big changes in most states by 2000.

Saturday, April 30, 2011 1:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Psychotherapy said...

You’re a fine blogger. Please carry on with it. I can’t wait to read what’s after that.

Sunday, May 01, 2011 2:30:00 AM  
Anonymous The Wiz said...

And deinstitutionalization is a big reason behind the rise in homelessness.

Sunday, May 01, 2011 9:31:00 AM  
Anonymous MH said...

Given the number of very cheap houses, deinstitutionalization is probably responsible for a larger percentage of the homeless here than in other places.

Sunday, May 01, 2011 9:25:00 PM  

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