The city’s commercial real estate market is relatively healthy. In the fourth quarter of 2008, Pittsburgh earned the top ranking in Moody’s Investors Service’s quarterly “Red-Yellow-Green” report on the state of commercial real estate in 60 major United States cities.
Though the southwestern Pennsylvania metropolitan area is only the 22nd largest in the United States in terms of population, the city employed energy-efficient construction well ahead of larger cities.
In 2005, Pittsburgh claimed more LEED-certified square footage — meaning it had met Leadership in Energy and Design standards for energy-saving designs and building techniques — than anywhere else in the United States. As other cities have caught up, Pittsburgh now ranks seventh nationally in the number of buildings with such certification, according to the local Green Building Alliance.
Just when I think the national press coverage of Pittsburgh couldn't get any better, along comes another story. Did Dan Onorato hire the Times for an Allegheny Country marketing campaign? I'm not sure if the stars could align any better, save a new face in the mayor's office and the Allegheny Conference becoming a more transparent agent of regional economic development. Actually, listening (I highly recommend it) to Richard Stafford yesterday on Cleveland Public Radio has me optimistic on that last score.
I feel I need to balance the above with some bad news. Harold Miller's latest recession watch report revealed that the economic downturn was tightening its grip on Pittsburgh. However, the region is still faring relatively well. Eds and meds remain strong, but manufacturing has taken a tremendous hit. While nothing to brag about, it beats living in Charlotte.