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Pittsburgh (/ˈpɪtsbɜːrɡ/PITS-burg) is a city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States, and is the county seat of Allegheny County. As of 2017, a total population of 305,704 lives within the city limits, making it the 63rd-largest city in the U.S. The metropolitan population of 2,353,045 is the largest in both the Ohio Valley and Appalachia, the second-largest in Pennsylvania (behind Philadelphia), and the 26th-largest in the U.S.

Located at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers, Pittsburgh is known as both “the Steel City” for its more than 300 steel-related businesses, and as the “City of Bridges” for its 446 bridges. The city features 30 skyscrapers, two inclined railways, a pre-revolutionary fortification and the Point State Park at the confluence of the rivers. The city developed as a vital link of the Atlantic coast and Midwest, as the mineral-rich Allegheny Mountains made the area coveted by the French and British empires, Virginians, Whiskey Rebels, and Civil War raiders.

Aside from steel, Pittsburgh has led in manufacturing of aluminum, glass, shipbuilding, petroleum, foods, sports, transportation, computing, autos, and electronics. For part of the 20th century, Pittsburgh was behind only New York and Chicago in corporate headquarters employment; it had the most U.S. stockholders per capita. America’s 1980s deindustrialization laid off area blue-collar workers and thousands of downtown white-collar workers when the longtime Pittsburgh-based world headquarters moved out. This heritage left the area with renowned museums, medical centers, parks, research centers, libraries, a diverse cultural district and the most barsper capita in the U.S.

Today, Google, Apple, Bosch, Facebook, Uber, Nokia, Autodesk, and IBM are among 1,600 technology firms generating $20.7 billion in annual Pittsburgh payrolls. The area has served as the long-time federal agency headquarters for cyber defense, software engineering, robotics, energy research and the nuclear navy. The area is home to 68 colleges and universities, including research and development leaders Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. The nation’s eighth-largest bank, eight Fortune 500 companies, and six of the top 300 U.S. law firms make their global headquarters in the Pittsburgh area, while RAND, BNY Mellon, Nova, FedEx, Bayer and NIOSH have regional bases that helped Pittsburgh become the sixth-best area for U.S. job growth.

In 2015, Pittsburgh was listed among the “eleven most livable cities in the world”; The Economist’s Global Liveability Ranking placed Pittsburgh as the first- or second-most livable city in the United States in 2005, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014.[17] The region is a hub for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, sustainable energy, and energy extraction.


adding page this day:

@CityPGH Mayor @billpeduto references @Metro21CMU in @Richard_Florida interview: “We now have a MOU with…@CarnegieMellon …that allows us to have the university as the research and development arm of city government, and allows the city to be CMU’s urban laboratory.”

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/khlightman/status/962430353125335042

dror yaron et al

huge.. if deep/simple open enough.. short bp

ie: hlb via 2 convos that io dance.. as the day..[aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]..  a nother way

@CityPGH Mayor

Bill Peduto: ‘Pittsburgh Was Already a Decade Ahead’ https://t.co/cshINNajP6  @Richard_Florida interview of @billpeduto on Pittsburgh’s rise as a smart city

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/khlightman/status/962422968671440897

Pittsburgh’s mayor talks about the city becoming the capital of autonomous vehicles and the challenge of including everyone in its renewal.

Back in 2002, I (richard florida) wrote my book The Rise of the Creative Class while living in Pittsburgh and teaching at Carnegie Mellon.

There [are] barely any national companies that have moved in—they’re all mom-and-pop shops. And you find that throughout the city, in 90 unique neighborhoods. [Pittsburgh] has the most neighborhoods per capita in America. It’s a city of small towns.

Our partnership with Carnegie Mellon has actually gone to the next stage. We now have a Memorandum of Understanding with the university, the first of its kind in this country’s history, that allows us to have the university as the research and development arm of city government, and allows the city to be CMU’s urban laboratory. So, if I want to develop the next generation of traffic lights that use real-time data and sensors that are able to move traffic much more efficiently, I don’t have to put out an RFP. I can just pick up the phone, call the university, and say, “I need your team to develop this for me.”

go deeper.. try this man – as it could be

The new normal is not relying upon federal or state governments; it’s figuring out how to creatively solve all problems on a local level, whether it’s homelessness, economic development, or transportation and mobility.


Pittsburgh is once again financially secure. So, what are the next major challenges & how can we build new opportunities for success in 2018? https://t.co/bzfEhrfLjl

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/billpeduto/status/963160531740823552


CityLab (@CityLab) tweeted at 2:27 PM – 16 Feb 2018 :

“It’s going to be in places like Pittsburgh … where Silicon Valley learns the lessons that we had to learn the hard way for 100 years.” —@billpeduto https://t.co/UloxZZxVdz (http://twitter.com/CityLab/status/964612133546790914?s=17)

Bill Peduto: ‘Pittsburgh Was Already a Decade Ahead’ – by Richard Florida

linked to same city lab post from above

thinking.. lessons learned hard way for 100 yrs.. still not deep enough..


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