|Pittsburgh, home of a ketchup empire|
"And there is one more piece in the Pittsburgh puzzle, something Mr. King learned after a long conversation with historian David McCullough, who described his childhood in Pittsburgh as idyllic. It is the "Pittsburgh character."To be fair, Reimer is basing her text on this article in the Wall Street Journal, which is hidden behind a paywall (I copied it below). One would expect Darwinian capitalism from WSJ, I suppose.
"The Scot-Irish, the Eastern Europeans, the Germans, the English, the blacks. Each successive wave of immigrants adopted this Pittsburgh character," said Mr. King, quoting Mr. McCullough. "No-nonsense, straight-forward, hard-working, committed to the idea of community and family".
A quick look at some basic demographic figures will reveal significant differences, some of which the WSJ recognizes. Without analyzing what they mean explanations are probable fruitless. But overall, the numbers don't show that Pittsburgh is really so much better off than Baltimore. With a 22% poverty rate its poor may look different, but they represent about the same stunning percentage as ours. And as far as manufacturing output? Given that Pittsburgh is less than half Baltimore's size, quite comparable. Foundations, universities, non profits? Not much difference. However, Pittsburgh is doing much better with conventions and much better with conveying an image of decisiveness and leadership.
Pittsburgh’s Revival Lesson for Baltimore
If Charm City wants to address the hopelessness that fueled the riots, a blueprint already exists
The maybe most significant difference: Baltimore lies in the heart of a rapidly growing metro area, Pittsburgh does not. Instead it sits in a corner that Philadelphians deride as "Pennsyltucky". This means Baltimore should actually be doing much better than Pittsburgh.
Maybe some real Pittsburgh experts can shed more light on the matter.
Klaus Philipsen, FAIA
Pittsburgh Quick Facts from Census:
|Land area in square miles, 2010||55.37||44,742.70|
|Persons per square mile, 2010||5,521.4||283.9|
Baltimore Quick Facts from Census:
|Geography QuickFacts||Baltimore city||Maryland|
|Land area in square miles, 2010||80.94||9,707.24|
|Persons per square mile, 2010||7,671.5||594.8|
|Metropolitan or Micropolitan Statistical Area||Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD Metro Area|