Detroit 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 Don't Count The Big D Out Yet! http://wesa.fm/post/dont-count-big-d-out-yet <p>While the recent media cycle on Detroit’s bankruptcy often reads like a eulogy to one of America’s great industrial boomtowns, <strong>Richard C. Harwood</strong>, who heads the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, sees <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/richard-c-harwood/hold-on-detroit-is-not-de_b_3646860.html">signs of life</a>. Harwood points to a number of positive signs in the city, including companies moving downtown, building renovations and venture capital funds being formed.</p><p>All of these&nbsp;improvements “are pockets of change that suggest that a new path forward can emerge.” Thu, 01 Aug 2013 21:13:36 +0000 John Lavanga 14133 at http://wesa.fm Don't Count The Big D Out Yet! Leaving Detroit, and Those Who Remain http://wesa.fm/post/leaving-detroit-and-those-who-remain <p>When <strong>Ben Schmitt,</strong> a free lance writer and former journalist at the Detroit Free Press, left the city, he felt as though the cliche of the American dream “had evolved to fight or flight.” After packing up and heading back to Pittsburgh, he has a few parting words for those who stayed behind:</p><p>“I wish them nothing but the best of luck.”</p><p>For those who did remain, however, the city’s recent decision to file for bankruptcy is neither a surprise nor a game changer. As<strong> Craig Fahle</strong>, host of <a href="http://wdet.org/shows/craig-fahle-show/">The Craigh Fahle </a>show on Detroit’s NPR member station WDET, puts it, “we’re handling it the same way we’ve always handled the situation here.” Thu, 01 Aug 2013 20:59:46 +0000 John Lavanga 14132 at http://wesa.fm Leaving Detroit, and Those Who Remain Say Nice Things About Detroit http://wesa.fm/post/say-nice-things-about-detroit <p>It might be troubled, but the Motor City still has a sort of beauty all its own, reports travel contributor <strong>Elaine Labalme</strong>. Citing the amazing parks, sports teams and art galleries, Labalme tells us that the Big D has some serious offerings for Pittsburghers interested in taking a short trip.</p><p>While the Detroit Tigers’ <a href="http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/det/ballpark/">Comerica Park</a> is “an absolutely fantastic facility” to see a game, one of the most impressive locations in the city, says Labalme, is “The Joe,” or the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Louis_Arena">Joe Louis Arena</a>, where the Red Wings currently play. It’s a historic arena with stories in every wall and seat. And if you’re looking to grab a bite after the game, try Cliff Bells, where, according to Labalme, “You’re always made to feel welcome.” Thu, 01 Aug 2013 20:51:51 +0000 John Lavanga 14130 at http://wesa.fm Say Nice Things About Detroit