Leave no hagiography behind
So apologies a bit for the echo chamber-ness of this, but Jim R. has some interesting catches for the day. One is a whole story: From Rust Belt to Exporting Giant.
Nice pic... amazing how the fountain is always functioning so well. I swear these photos will be 2-3 skyscrapers behind the times before the media starts using current versions. We might need some Photoshop assistance in the end.
But the article there does have one very interesting factoid. If you check out the latest stats on international trade for the Pittsburgh region (link there on the right has the data fyi) a factoid pops out. Between 2009 and 2010 international exports from the Pittsburgh region jumped from $8.3 to $12.2 billion. As a percentage it is one of the biggest metro area jumps. Part of that follows from a pretty depressed 2009, but still looks like a new peak value for international exports for Pittsburgh in 2010.
Before anyone gets jumping to conclusions... what is the biggest export from Pittsburgh... and what saw the biggest jump in export value between 09 and 10? Coal. Hard black stuff. Pittsburgh's disruptive technology of 1783. Remember when I said that one of the overlooked issues impacting the region are the coal-jams on the high seas.