Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Changing demographics within Allegheny County

City Paper is venturing into new media, kind of, with what appears to be a Prezi turned video look at some of the changing demographics in Allegheny County. Story is here from last week, but this is the video on Youtube:

I think what they miss a bit is that the trends they highlight have been part of an ongoing trend within Allegheny County going back a long time, it really  isn't something from the last decade in itself.  I had a pseudo-video version of some maps showing this:

But if you want ever more stats on affordable housing issues in Pittsburgh, see this compendium: ESTIMATING THE SUPPLY AND DEMAND OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN ALLEGHENY COUNTY


Anonymous BrianTH said...

Is it just me or did the visuals add basically nothing to the text/voiceover?

Anyway, I don't think it is clear that tearing down the old-style housing projects has actually been a large factor in these trends. My understanding is that the relevant projects tend to have large vacancy rates by the time they are slated for demo, and meanwhile there have been new-style affordable housing projects, which the former residents of the demolished projects get priority for. The unit replacement is not one-to-one on paper, but when you take into account the vacancy rates, it doesn't seem like many of the former residents are actually being forced out of the City for lack of places to go (indeed, to my knowledge there have not been many if any people seeking to use their priority status unsuccessfully).

Market rents, though--that seems like the real factor behind those trends. But interestingly, the most important way to address that issue--encouraging/allowing as much new residential development as possible--is rarely a high priority when people are nominally discussing affordable housing issues.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015 11:27:00 AM  
Anonymous MH said...

This article is locally relevant and deeply annoying to me. The headline is that it didn't work and hasn't been used anywhere large, but they don't actually discuss what happened in Pittsburgh except, just to be annoying, they put in a supporting quote with no detail.

Thursday, May 14, 2015 3:01:00 PM  
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