Sunday, July 21, 2013

Sic Semper Pittsburgh Redux

Mostly generated by the news out of Detroit, but the news cycle is replete with references to Pittsburgh. It is like we are the paragon of fiscal virtue. 

No less than Paul Krugman weighs in today with this in the NYT: A Tale of Two Rust-Belt Cities

BBC was ahead of them: Detroit: Six ways 'shrinking' cities try to survive

AP: "Pittsburgh eventually reinvented itself": Detroit and the dearth of urban policy, which even plays in Japan.

Lots of Pittsburgh in this AP content (alas, now we have to tell them to update their photos to INCLUDE the fountain at the point working): Autos troubles, race at root of Detroit collapse

addendum each with obligatory Pittsburgh reference- Slate/Yglesias: Universities Are The Key Ingredient to 21st Century Urban Success  ,  The Times of India: What busted 'Debtroit' ? Free trade, huge pensions,

I swear some memo goes around to the media punditry on the theme for these news cycles. Some editor saying: must include Pittsburgh reference.  I feel a Ben Chiniz themed OPED welling up in me.

Anyway, I'm sure I have not caught all media mentioning Pittsburgh in this Detroit themed news cycle. That and more to follow I am sure. But if you want to trace this all back to article zero, I still believe this is the seminal pro-Pittsburgh story of the current era that was the seed for much of the media that followed.  Ironically from Detroit in 2008:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, it also appears that issue is the seed for the disaster that is the Jenny McCarthy Autism Awareness campaign.

Monday, July 22, 2013 8:04:00 AM  
Anonymous BrianTH said...

Idle thought, but while there is no doubt the pension fund is in terrible shape, in general I suspect Pittsburgh has a far better situation and trend than Detroit when it comes to its "assets" versus its liabilities, when "assets" are defined to include the tax base. All of which just goes to "bankruptcy" being a bit of an odd concept as applied to entities with taxing power (hence the need for a whole separate Chapter in the Code).

Monday, July 22, 2013 2:22:00 PM  

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