Monday, July 21, 2014

Cactus Yunz?

Hagiography watch, but a view from down under: Why Adelaide should be more like Pittsburgh — a phoenix city that has reinvented itself.  Subtitled: Pittsburgh has gone from rustbucket city to thriving metropolis.

I do admit I wish they better cited some material there which I lay good odds comes form here, not that you would know.  But still I have to applaud that they alone among almost every other media reference to the timing of it all get it:  "And to add insult to injury, the Steelers missed the playoffs in 1981, presaging a decade of poor performances for the home team."  So only the Australians realize that the Superbowls of the 1970s were not played during the economic miasma of the 1980s.

But also I note an odd Australian only take on what could be construed into a more creative-cities amenity type argument.  They note "As a measure of vibrancy, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported in May that the city had the most bars per person — 12 per 10,000 — of any city in the US."  Of course I don't know how one would impute causality given that I suspect we had a pretty high bars-per-capita metric decades ago as well.  I mean, some city neighborhoods were hip before there was hip if that is the metric that matters.

and to think I once blogged here worrying that the Australians were going to hate us.  2007: Thought she was cactus??


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did not know Adelaide was known as "The City Of Churches".

Also... not sure which sounds more delicious... 'pie floater' or 'frog cake'.

Monday, July 21, 2014 10:29:00 AM  
Anonymous BrianTH said...

I always assumed the bars per capita thing was in part the result of bars hanging on despite local population losses.

Monday, July 21, 2014 11:36:00 AM  
Anonymous MH said...

I always figured the bar per capital thing was at least partially because it is relatively difficult to buy beer for off-site consumption.

Monday, July 21, 2014 11:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Michael Lamb said...

My Grandfather used to say that "Beechview was a heck of a town, they support seven saloons there."

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 9:14:00 AM  
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