Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Demographic Deception

At Pacific Standard magazine, Pittsburgh's own civic boosters claim the city is dying.

Theme: How policymakers fudge (or fumble) the numbers.

Subject Article: "Allegheny Conference Imagines Pittsburgh as ‘Field of Dreams.’"

Other Links: 1. "Warning: Your reality is out of date."
2. "Brain Drain Boondoggles: Utica Shale and Youngstown."
3. "Old is as old was."
4. "U.S. shale is a boon to manufacturers but not their workers."
5. "Is U.S. Manufacturing Disappearing?"
6. "Two Brains Running."

Postscript: I have a hard time figuring out, and I'm not sure which is worse, if the local leadership knows whether or not the facts presented are erroneous. Mesofacts are powerful, deceiving people who should have a better grasp of the regional picture.

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