Antony Davies http://wesa.fm en Pittsburgh and Detroit: A Tale of Two Cities http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-and-detroit-tale-two-cities <p>Since the beginning of the great recession, Pittsburgh has often been touted as a shining symbol of economic recovery in the rust belt, while Detroit has become the poster-child of nearly apocalyptic economic strife. So what has allowed the Steel City to thrive while the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130722/NEWS01/307220030/detroit-bankruptcy-kevyn-orr">Motor City has stalled</a>? According to <strong>Antony Davies</strong>, an Associate Professor of Economics at Duquesne University, the answer lies in the two city’s <a href="http://triblive.com/opinion/featuredcommentary/4215932-74/detroit-pittsburgh-jobs#axzz2akAmfATA">differing approaches</a> to the collapse of their largest industries.</p><p>He notes that while Pittsburgh weathered the painful collapse of the steel industry without support, “when Detroit fell on hard times, it turned to the federal government.” Thu, 01 Aug 2013 21:16:32 +0000 John Lavanga 14131 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh and Detroit: A Tale of Two Cities Are Gratuities Becoming Gratuitous? http://wesa.fm/post/are-gratuities-becoming-gratuitous <p>A recent article in the online magazine <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/business/moneybox/2013/07/abolish_tipping_it_s_bad_for_servers_customers_and_restaurants.html">Slate</a><a href="http://www.slate.com"> </a>called <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/business/moneybox/2013/07/abolish_tipping_it_s_bad_for_servers_customers_and_restaurants.html">Tipping is an Abomination</a> calls for the end of this practice. It’s a custom that originated in Europe. It transferred across the ocean when wealthy Americans returned from the continent. At first is it was slow to catch on but now it seems tip jars are as ubiquitous as cell phones. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 21:55:00 +0000 Marcus Charleston 13023 at http://wesa.fm Are Gratuities Becoming Gratuitous?