the Burgh bandwagon grows

Now Bloomberg (as in the news service, not the NYC Mayor, though it is his company) has voted for Pittsburgh. See the story Google, Intel, Microsoft Researchers Spur Pittsburgh Startups that ran today. Like all such pieces it captures a lot of big issues that it nowhere near has enough space to treat appropriately. So skipping a lot of the economic development story there, I do have to say I appreciate Max Kings quote at the end..
``It's remarkable to see how resilient the people are.''
If you are interested, my own comments on a similar theme were in this oped a few years ago: It was twenty years ago today.


4 Responses to "the Burgh bandwagon grows"

Anonymous said... 11/01/2006 9:35 AM

Good news for Pittsburgh. If we look at some other cities, it should be only 10-15 years and Pittsburgh will be back in the big leagues. That may sound like a long time but it's not.

- Population statistics -
Pittsburgh : 334,563
Philadelphia : 1,517,550
Phoenix : 1,321,045
San Diego : 1,223,400

I have been looking for entrepreneurial opportunities in Pittsburgh recently and the article makes me feel optimistic.

Anonymous said... 11/01/2006 11:26 PM

A bit of perspective:
City of Pittsburgh - 58 square miles
City of Phoenix - 475 square miles

Anonymous said... 11/02/2006 11:21 AM

City populations are absolutely meaningless. It is a very inaccurate and useless way to gauge the true size of a city. The metro population is a much more true gauge of a city’s size. Granted the regions listed are still bigger than Pittsburgh, but here’s why it matters – is Jacksonville really the biggest city in FL – really? A metro of a little more than one million compared to the 5 million that call South Florida home… is Columbus really the largest city in Ohio (it’s the third largest metro in the state). Is San Diego really bigger than the Bay area? Are El Paso, Tulsa and Omaha really bigger than Pittsburgh?

Anonymous said... 11/02/2006 1:39 PM

San Diego - 72.7 square miles.
Philadelphia - 135 square miles.

So Pittsburgh, PA should still be able to do good. We just need to give it time.

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