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Region report: Summer 2009

With recession upon us and its attendant unease, taking stock is an unavoidable activity for people like me in the information business. The exercise is made more intense because the past 30 years in Pittsburgh have been times of high drama that attracted international attention and visitors coming to see…
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You’ll Manage — Spring 2009

Will the recent stimulus packages really energize our local economy? Or will they just help us get around to doing some of the things we’ve been meaning to do, such as fix the screen door on the back porch? Will we create long-​term jobs and real economic development or just…
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The face of Vietnam in Pittsburgh

Father Dam Nguyen presides over the flock at St. Gabriel’s Church of the Sorrowful Virgin in the South Hills town of Whitehall. Several in the congregation share his Vietnamese heritage, and more often these days he finds himself given the joyful task of presiding at the marriage or baptism of…
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Report card — Fall 2008

Pittsburgh is a safe city. Pittsburgh is a safe region. This has long been the case, and the latest data on crime indicate that the shoe still fits.
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The face of Brazil in Pittsburgh

Five years ago, Brazilian conductor and composer Flavio Chamis set out to create an album with musicians from five nations at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. Chamis and producer Jay Ashby decided to take things slowly, something unusual in the commercial music world. Three years later, in 2006, Especiaria was released.…
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A very brief history of Pittsburgh

Geography comes first. Close upon the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, one gets a sense of westward flowing waters, but a map of Western Pennsylvania shows the Allegheny flowing south and the Monongahela north, almost at right angles to the Ohio.
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A grand idea: Pittsburgh 250

It really was George Washington’s “grand idea” — the Potomac River was the true Gateway to the West. Joel Achenbach writes about it in The Grand Idea — connecting the tidewater of the Potomac to the headwaters of the Ohio would secure Virginia’s leadership among the new American states.
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Pittsburgh: Celebration 1958

To understand the culture of a region, one must consider how its residents view themselves, especially during a milestone event such as a major anniversary celebration. So, as Pittsburgh commemorates its 250th birthday, I decided to look in my library for several brochures from the city’s 1958 bicentennial.
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The citizen — Fall 2008

A likeable 12-​year-​old is shot and killed. Children settle disputes with guns. Other children fear they may be caught in the cross fire. How can this be?
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Report card — Summer 2008

Perhaps we can blame Richard Florida, the former Carnegie Mellon professor, who popularized the notion that, yes, there is a creative class of people and a direct relationship between their representation in a region’s population and the social and economic prospects of that community. As Florida still tells it, everyone…
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Report card — Spring 2008

I recently received correspondence from a man who posed several excellent questions about the Regional Indicator project and the city-​state of Pittsburgh.
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Testing waters

Herbert Dreiseitl was in a hurry to get back to work one day last February, so he did what most people do here. He jaywalked. He scuttled across Liberty Avenue — no cars were coming — and headed uptown, where his design team awaited him.
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Report card — Winter 2008

Among subjects of continuing public attention, none resonates like the size and efficiencies of local government. For some months now, a citizens group under the leadership of Mark Nordenberg, chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh, has been investigating the potential merger of city and county government, either in total or…
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Mark DeSantis wants to be mayor

I don’t want to be mayor of Pittsburgh. I want to change Pittsburgh forever, and I’m convinced the best way to do that is as mayor. There are, however, other ways to make our city better. You could work for an extraordinary politician who cares for this city like no…
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Report card — Fall 2007

Time flies even when you are not always having fun. That’s the lesson I take away from 18 months publishing indicators on pitts​burghto​day​.org and writing about them in this space. My ambivalence is a product of pride that we have developed a regional information system that can serve us well…
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