Also from the March 1, 1964 Pittsburgh Press. A remarkable quote, possibly the most remarkable quote ever from Ben Chinitz (who?) and that says a whole lot:
... the Pittsburgh District incapacitated itself by leaning too heavily on a coal-steel economy which depended to a large extent on unskilled labor.That is a quote from 1964! And yeah.. I know. "Smart guys". It still was 1964. Don Draper would have likely been written off as a progressive dilettante in Pittsburgh of the day. The thing is.... how much to you think anyone really agreed with Chintz's core point at the time? How much do the powers that be agree with him today?
"We don't need big husky guys to work in the mills now... we need smart guys"
Now he said the district is trying to overcome problems like water pollution and a low education level to attract new industry.