Brown Town 2.0
If you are waiting for a smackdown on Steeltown, you will be left hanging. The quotes about Pittsburgh just start with this accolade:
Pittsburgh is often pointed to as a model for other shrinking cities. Its revival since its steel industry collapsed in the early 1980s is partly thanks to good long-term planning. Under the leadership of Tom Murphy, a three-term mayor, more than 1,000 acres of abandoned, blighted industrial land in Pittsburgh was cleaned up and is now thriving commercial, retail, residential and public space. Once lined with factories the city’s waterfront has been given over to parks. Mr Murphy oversaw the development of more than 25 miles of new trails alongside the river and urban green space. He helped develop public-private partnerships which leveraged $4.8 billion in economic development.It even ends on this note:
Pittsburgh, for instance, reinvented itself as a successful tech and health hub, even as its population continues to fall. As Aristotle put it, “a great city should not be confounded with a populous one.”Which I guess makes Pittsburgh akin to the æther. In modern times it all seems to flow though. The Economist has had a positive beat on Pittsburgh before most anyone else from the outside word. Remember: How Now Brown Town?