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Old 07-22-2007, 10:07 PM
 
Location: moving again
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Which city that currently declining in population, economy, ect... do you think will make a turn around for the better and start getting a better reputaion?
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Old 07-22-2007, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Cortland, Ohio
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Pittsburgh.................most people usually think it a dead rustbelt town w/a bunch of grimy old factories. So many people would be surprised to see that it's a beautiful town. If enough people visit i think its rep will go way up!
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Old 07-22-2007, 10:21 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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Cleveland or Pittsburgh most likely. Detroit as far as I'm concerned is in the gutter
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Old 07-22-2007, 11:19 PM
 
Location: IN
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PITTSBURGH= a city that more people need to visit again. It has dramatically changed in appearance in some areas since the 1970s. Many of the steel mills and factories have shutdown. The air quality is much better now than it used to be. The economy there is stable and slowly growing. The location of the city is still great because it is in between the northeast and midwest.
MILWAUKEE= a city on the shore of Lake Michigan with a stagnant or declining economy. A traditional large manufacturing city that needs more 21st century type jobs. I predict it will rebound because it is still in close proximity to Chicago.
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Old 07-22-2007, 11:19 PM
 
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Pittsburgh is beautiful. I can see a major renaissance there.
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Old 07-23-2007, 12:28 AM
 
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Charleston, West Virginia

Proximity to Wash DC (bedroom community by 2040?)

Future retiree hotbed (tax breaks)

east coast will become too expensive due to rising insurance, lack of buildable land

Good business environment state



county roads, take me home
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Old 07-23-2007, 09:00 AM
 
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another vote for pittsburgh. good city by any measure, but fantastic city for the price. but then there is the lack of sun . . .
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Old 07-23-2007, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Jersey City
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I see the most potential in Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, and Baltimore (if Balt is considered "rust belt").
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Old 07-23-2007, 10:17 AM
 
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I was born and raised in Pittsburgh. It will alaways have a special place in my heart. Pittsburgh has tons of potential. Beautiful location, nice rivers, outdoor activities, colleges and universities, great healthcare, great skyline, low cost of living, generally safe area, pretty friendly people...

Unfortunately, there are many people in the city as well as government officials who seem to be afraid of the future and afraid of change. It seems like the mentality is "that's what we've done for this many years, and we'll keep doing it." You hear about big ideas, but nothing major gets done. Unless it's sports-oriented, no one seems to care. Pittsburgh has built 2 new stadiums, and will be building a new arena, but the city public school system is failing. They are trying to revitalize Dowtown, but there aren't that many great places to shop or just have a night out. They are trying to put new condos Downtown, but there isn't even a small grocery store. There public transportation continues to be cut back due to budget restraints. New places are built while others are allowed to detiorate. Furthermore, it seems that everything shuts down after 6:00.

Also, it continues to lose population. Most of this population consists of young professionals and new college grads. These are people that like the city, but cannot find the jobs and other opportunities that they want. Sure, there may be jobs, but the salaries are lower and there is less opportunity for advancement. The people who are left are people that have lived here their entire lives (with a few exceptions). There is some nightlife, but it consists mainly of bars. There are not many places left to see an independent film or see a good band.

It can be very frustrating to be under the age of 50 in this city. I have nothing against older generations, but some people have to realize that the steel mills are gone, and Pittsburgh must become a different city.

Still, I am not trying to bash Pittsburgh. I say this because I care. There is so much potential and I hear so many good ideas, but now more actions must take place. It has started, but mostly there have been only quick fixes.
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Old 07-23-2007, 10:36 AM
 
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I hope Pittsburgh turns the corner too.

My cousin lived in Crafton and loved it. After college, she could not find a job in the Pittsburgh area. She fought tooth and nail to stay, but she had to make a living. She had two choices: Stay in Pittsburgh and work a $9.00 per hour job or move to North Carolina, where she had three job offers within one week. She chose North Carolina. Funny thing is, her parents (my aunt and uncle) originally are from North Carolina and moved to Pittsburgh in the 1970's for a job at Bayer because the job situation in their part of North Carolina wasn't so good.
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