One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?
One day we're cited as one of the most liveable cities in America, the very next we're pointed out as one of the worst for particle pollutants! Announcements are made about new funding sources, and then the Kauffman Foundation announces that Pennsylvania ranks 49th in the nation in business-creation! Check out Cori Shropshire's article for the details.
And, of course, our good 'burghers ALWAYS fixate on the negatives - we ARE our own worst enemy on that front, but that's another story.
What's the truth? Pittsburgh is not perfect, but then again there isn't anywhere that is. This is a very good place for a lot of reasons. We have some of everything, although in some ways we're a mile wide and an inch deep, but, over all, we compare favorably with other cities and in some areas excel!
From the HELP standpoint our area is on the upswing. Entrepreneurial activity is on the rise, and maybe, just maybe, we may find our way back to the glory days of a century ago when Pittsburgh was the entrepreneurial hub of the US. Government, universities and non-profit organizations are coordinating their activities in ways that haven't been seen since the days of Pittsburgh's first Renaissance fifty years ago. Our rivers and air are cleaner than they've been since about the time that George Washington was here before the Revolution. The city is coming back to life with more and more people moving downtown all the time to take advantage of the great treasure we have in the Cultural District.
So, I think we need to rephrase the title of this post to "Two steps forward, one step back!" Watch out world, Pittsburgh is coming back!
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