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Old 08-05-2009, 12:54 PM
 
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Although these lists have to be taken with a huge grain of salt, I think it captures some basic truths about Pittsburgh: while incomes are relatively low, so are unemployment, cost of living, and crime.

My biggest quibble, actually, is ranking Pittsburgh #42 out of 50 for parks. They apparently used total park acreage per central city from the Trust for Public Land ("TPL"), but that fails to account for the radically different geographic sizes and population densities of different central cities. If you use something like park acreage as a percentage of total acreage from the TPL, Pittsburgh would end up right around the median, and then if you factor in park acreage for cities of comparable population density, we are actually a little above average.

But acreage is probably the wrong measure for moms anyway. In terms of park playgrounds per 10,000 residents, Pittsburgh is actually #5 on the TPL list:

http://www.tpl.org/content_documents/citypark_facts/ccpe_ParkPlaygrounds08.pdf (broken link)

Ball diamonds per 10,000 residents puts us at #4:

http://www.tpl.org/content_documents/citypark_facts/ccpe_BallDiamonds08.pdf (broken link)

Swimming pools per 100,000 residents also puts us at #4:

http://www.tpl.org/content_documents/citypark_facts/ccpe_SwimmingPools08.pdf (broken link)

The upshot is that regardless of acreage, our parks are very much designed with kids in mind, which is what I would think moms would want.
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