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 if we expand…

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2007
  • Sub Heading Population loss? Start-​up health? Surprises are found in regional data.
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 in part.

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2008
  • Sub Heading Pittsburgh can learn lessons from Boston about the suburbs’ pull on the city
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 loves to be…

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2008
  • Sub Heading What’s so weird about Pittsburgh?
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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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2008
  • Sub Heading What does it mean to be the nation’s safest city?
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