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A Model of Respect

At a time when organized labor is under attack and manufacturing is crawling to its feet after a dramatic recession, two major players, John Surma, CEO of U.S. Steel, and Leo W. Gerard, international president of United Steelworkers, met on the North Side campus of Community College of Allegheny County…

A Toxic Topic

by Seamus McGraw
There is no doubt about it. The Marcellus Shale is radioactive, in every sense of the word. In the literal sense of the word, geologists and drillers have long known that each shale deposit has its own radioactive signature.

The Advisor: Jack Barbour

He has a super bowl ring, a friend in the Governor’s mansion, and he’s in charge of one of the country’s biggest law firms. To boot, he’s got a dinosaur exhibit to his credit.

Opportunity Knocks

In Pittsburgh’s industrial heyday, the region dove into recession as the mighty engines of manufacturing throttled way back. And when a recession ended, Pittsburgh roared back, as rising demand jump-​started factories.

Oxymoron or Opportunity?

From Pittsburgh to the hills of West Virginia, a small army of scientists is racing to tame the billions of tons of carbon vented from coal-​burning power plants, working with data sets, computer models, cost analyses and other such tools that belie the drama of their high-​stakes investigation.

Pittsburgh Today & Tomorrow Report 2011

In January 1983, unemployment in metropolitan Pittsburgh reached 17.1 percent as deep recession and structural change rocked the region. Steel strikes raged, and famous mills went cold.

Beyond the Neighborhood

For those of us raising families in the 1970s and 1980s, Fred Rogers was that patient, soft-​spoken gentleman who made extraordinary connections to our children on the same TV set that usually carried appallingly bad programming. Fred certainly was that wonderful television teacher, but he was much more. He was…

Underlying Problems/​Solutions

The impact of population decline was very much in the news at the end of last year, a reminder that, for all the accolades at the recent G-​20 Summit about Pittsburgh having moved beyond its industrial past, painful choices still face the region, particularly its local governments and major service…

Prepping for Summer

Crocuses are peeking through the soil and the snow has melted, meaning just one thing — it’s finally spring! Those who love the outside might have spent the winter poring over seed catalogs and making big plans for their gardens. But for many, reemerging to the outdoors can be challenging.

A New Chapter

After 26 years at the helm of the Post-​Gazette, John G. Craig Jr. founded the Regional Indicators project and its Web site, pitts​burghto​day​.org. And since this magazine began five years ago, every issue has contained one of his reports on the state of the region.

Politics and the Marcellus Shale

by Seamus McGraw
It was Nov. 3, one day after the stunning midterm elections that had routed the Democrats and left the party in disarray both nationally and in Pennsylvania.

Medrad, J. Rothermel, Steelers, Gov. Corbett

by PQ Staff
Medrad: Top manufacturing, again If there is one economic sector that lives in the minds of Americans when they consider Pittsburgh, it’s manufacturing. And excellence in manufacturing is not just in the pages of the region’s history. For the second time in eight years, Medrad has won the prestigious Malcolm…

Masters of their Fate

Dawn was still hours away when Jim Rohr emerged from National City Corp. headquarters in downtown Cleveland on Oct. 24, 2008. The streets were empty, but familiar. His grandfather’s deli had stood just across the street.

E Pluribus Region?

It is often said that “a new era is at hand.” On an individual level, new eras can present themselves whenever a person chooses to see and act in the world in a different way. For a nation, new eras are harder to come by, though with every federal election,…

Our Water and the Marcellus Shale

by Seamus McGraw
The rig, a 70-​foot steel spire, soared above the manmade moonscape atop the plateau that Chesapeake Energy’s contractors had hewn out of the hillside on my family farm in Wyoming County.
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