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posted by C. Briem at Wednesday, March 07, 2012
"Innovation was measured on number of free, publicly available wireless hotspots per 10,000 residents as well as number of accredited post-secondary degree-granting institutions per 10,000 residents."I can believe Pittsburgh is "innovative" by such a measure (in other words, Pittsburgh is an overgrown college town).
I thought it was interesting, not astoundingly well measured. I've taken to reading the "Cities" section of The Atlantic even though it has too much Florida.
It sounds like, though there's no way to tell for sure, they're using city population instead of metro area population, which is ridiculous. It gives Pittsburgh and Atlanta an inflated ratio of college students to population since their core cities comprise a relatively small portion of their overall MSA population (esp. Atlanta). Besides, it's a pretty weak proxy for "innovation". A huge mid-tier university cranks out lots of very good engineers, teachers, accountants, managers, etc., but it's the elite schools that attract and nurture innovation, hence a major reason why Boston (MIT/Harvard), SF (Stanford/Berkeley), Raleigh-Durham (Duke/UNC), and similar places are centers for innovation. That's good for Pittsburgh because of CMU (& Pitt, as they develop back into the elite school they used to be).
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