February 1, 2010
Towns, Gowns, and Taxes
Higher education helped save Pittsburgh, so why are the two sides still fighting?
John Beale for The Chronicle
When Pittsburgh played host to a summit of the world's 20 largest economies last fall, local politicians proclaimed it "Transformation City," trumpeting its evolution from sooty steel town to booming high-tech hub.
Unemployment in the region, they noted, was tracking lower than the U.S. jobless rate, while property values continued to climb, bucking national trends. More than 100 multinational corporations—in robotics, life sciences, and financial services, among other