Monday, July 16, 2012

Pittsburgh Incapacitated

Paging Brian O'Neill and Ed Glaeser.   

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.

"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.
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? 

3 Comments:

Blogger Jim Russell said...

Looks like part of the article is cut off. What's that "im-migrant" story about?

Monday, July 16, 2012 10:12:00 AM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

So I thought for a second you were not following that first link... but then I checked it and indeed I did not take proper heed to the "young people leaving" quote in there.

That whole article is a perfect time capsule of Pittsburgh history.

Monday, July 16, 2012 10:28:00 AM  
Blogger Jim Russell said...

Yep, I should have clicked on the article link, not the photo. The described migration geography is very interesting. I'd love to do a history of US migration narratives.

Monday, July 16, 2012 11:17:00 AM  

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