Sunday, May 18, 2014

He who talks too much

Apologies for the vanity alert, but still worth reading is the first of a longer series is this in the PG looking at neo-immigration to Pittsburgh is this: Pittsburgh has gained from high-skilled immigrants. The topic is a recurring one here if you want to read more.

ICYMI, there was reference in the PBT that makes me wonder how entertaining I am or am not: "swarming purples and pinks," in PBT: In reversal from past, city becoming younger. Maybe being younger is how the city has retained so many walkers as well? Walkers who, btw, seem willing by virtue of voting with their feet to pay the city's greater wage tax as well.

Oh, come on, I get a point for stringing those stories together. But for sure, I talk too much. Remember, punditry is worth what you pay for it.


But the article in the papers over the weekend that I wish I had actually written myself was the PG's Next Page column this week: A Sailor's death, 100 years ago, documenting the death of Seaman Francis DeLowry aboard the USS New Hampshire (BB-25) in 1914.  A young Seaman Briem was himself once a battleship sailor a frightfully long ago. I've mentioned Seaman DeLowry on occasion in the past here. The former Lawrenceville denizen was killed during the battle and occupation of Vera Cruz in 1914.  The article today gives a good account of just how big the news was here in Pittsburgh of his death. It is hard not to miss his grave monument at the base of St. Mary's Cemetery in Lawrenceville.

SN DeLowry was not the only Pittsburgh death in the battle. Also KIA was Private Thomas Enright, who I also feel a certain zen with having also lived as a child on Taylor St. in Bloomfield.

What I am not enough of a historian to document authoritatively, but I really think Seaman DeLowry was one of the last American seamen in history to die 'in the rigging.'  Back in the day of sail, much of the fighting was done from the yardtops as it were. As sail passed away to steam, naval battles had long since no longer been decided by fighting above the main deck, but there was Seaman Delowry, reported to have died from the mast of the USS New Hampshire. It is hard to find similar references of naval combat deaths at sea later in the 20th century.


But going back to the first link and the changing nature of immigration in Pittsburgh. Lest you doubt how different Pittsburgh has become just consider..  30 years ago our friend Clarke Thomas could write a book on Pittsburgh's immigrant communities with this as a cover:

Those Tamburitzans (I presume) on the over were likely not immigrants even then, but children, or grandchildren or even further descendants of those who were born overseas.  Still, the accurate story of the immigrant community in Pittsburgh was dominated by large measure by communities of folks who had been born in Europe.

Contrast that with today.  Here is the snapshot of the foreign born population in Pittsburgh who are arriving currently. Not just no longer a European majority immigration flow, but European-born migrants are barely a small fraction of the flow of new immigrants coming to Pittsburgh from Asia:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are arguing that Pittsburgh would be better off having imported a bunch of cheap labor lover the past few decades, displacing these "old white guys", driving up the unemployment rate and rentsp?

Sunday, May 18, 2014 8:08:00 AM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

If there is an argument there, it's that a generation of workers here would have been much better off if they had the job opportunities in the mills they had expected.

Sunday, May 18, 2014 8:53:00 AM  
Anonymous MH said...

Walkers who, btw, seem willing by virtue of voting with their feet to pay the city's greater wage tax as well.

If you price your time commuting at something close to what you get paid and take an honest look at all the expenses of commuting by car, the extra 2% in wages taxes is pretty much nothing.

Sunday, May 18, 2014 12:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would have liked to have seen the PG do an analysis of how Pittsburgh compares to other cities with Hispanics taken out of the mix. Obviously, although it went unstated in the article (unless I missed it), Pittsburgh has a very small Hispanic population compared with most other American cities.

Monday, May 19, 2014 9:34:00 AM  

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