Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Reading the long tail of Pittsburgh news (so you don't have to)

Catching up on much reading I missed over last week.  Each of the following is a news story unto itself:

Missed this last week, but the BLS quarterly look at county wages again has Washington County, PA as one of the fastest wage growers in the nation (see Table B per that link).  I hear folks say this is all a shale story.  Part of it certainly is, but I've looked at this and Washington County has had one of the nation's fastest wage growth rates over much of the last decade, long before the shale play was even imagined. A lot of it is a broader Southpointe-generated growth, and rural to suburban transformation as population has been growing for some time now.

Something else I missed via PBS:The Best Cities for Boomers to Pre-Retire. I really only have one question... when exactly does pre-retirement really begin? But note this list has us.. #1. Bold added for assignment editors. Isn't there some local law that says any #1 ranking makes the evening news? Curiously, a qualitative version of the same story in a sense was datelined in Chicago even though it is about some denizens of Mount Lebanon: These women will try retirement 'Golden Girls' style.

Back to shale.  Just thought this interesting reading from the new long form site Quartz: That US natural-gas manufacturing boom? It’s happening in Mexico. Remember it was just a few weeks ago that the backwater of a banking firm Morgan Stanley found the shale-induced manufacturing revival to be lacking. MS: US Manufacturing Renaissance: Is It a Masterpiece or a (Head) Fake?(April 29)

The Cleveland Plain Dealer has a full writeup on a new Lincoln Institute report on legacy cities that inevitably talks a lot about Pittsburgh.  You can find it all via their coverage: A tough-love report from the Lincoln Institute ranks Cleveland 15th on list of 18 'legacy cities'. A side, but important, note.  The author there, Alan Mallach, was born in Pittsburgh and in a professional sense is our grandfather here.  Aubrey Mallach was a local population wonk long long before most of us were around and certainly before anyone every came up with the term wonk. See just some of his seminal work from the 1940s here. We (the region) were once way ahead of our time.

On Cleveland.. I know the local coverage of the unemployment rate drop (and employment increase) yesterday was kind of dour, the version from Cleveland is far worse: Greater Cleveland lost more jobs than any metro area in the country (poll).

Again, just ICYMI.  Landscape Architecture Magazine has: Welcome to Frackville.

MIT Tech review has this... no Pittsburgh mention, which is noteworthy in itself: In Innovation Quest, Regions Seek Critical Mass.

Ho no, just say no to calling it the FroYo class. (with apologies to MsMon... and of course Mike) What, exactly, is it about news coverage of retail desserts in this town? Note that Dozens in Oakland has again re-closed recently (this time with much less news coverage than previous openings/closings) so maybe we have finally gotten over our sugar angst? Note that Cleveland's pastryati is trained in Pittsburgh and catching up fast of late anyway.

Something that was in the news here and just too much much of a straight line to really do justice with. I had long wondered whether the Pittsburgh Parking Authority knew how many meters it had out there. But the story is really missing the forest for the trees. Beyond the accounting issues it raises, there is this little matter of occupational safety embedded in this frightening sentence: "a parts warehouse was emptied on an emergency basis after part of the pile fell on an employee and the contractor was given the scrap as pay for removal."  So where was the story of the poor guy buried in parking meters?  Those things are heavy! I think OSHA has to be involved in this story if it was true. Local OSHA office: (412) 395-4903.


Anonymous MH said...

I didn't realize frozen yogurt was back in such a big way. Did somebody find a way to make it taste good?

Wednesday, July 03, 2013 9:53:00 AM  

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