December 5th, 2006

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02:24 pm - on my exploratory committee...

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[User Picture]From: sui66iy Date: December 5th, 2006 - 09:10 pm (Link)
As you know, public transit is a big issue for me. (You'll need to reconcile your fear/hatred of buses with some sort of transit platform. Perhaps light rail.)

Something that concerns me is that Pittsburgh needs to be perceived as a desirable and hip location. I'd like it to be easier to recruit top technical talent to my company --- right now, I'm finding the big selling point of Pittsburgh to be low property prices. This can appeal to the late-twenties early-thirties crowd who are starting to think about families, but there's still too much flow away from the Burgh and toward San Francisco, Boston, etc. I seem to remember reading that Austin managed to transform in the early-80s into its now-hip self. How did that happen? Might be a useful template.
[User Picture]From: jameel Date: December 5th, 2006 - 09:58 pm (Link)
[User Picture]From: sui66iy Date: December 5th, 2006 - 10:11 pm (Link)
[User Picture]From: jameel Date: December 5th, 2006 - 10:15 pm (Link)
But... but it's in Texas, the Ohio of the South!
[User Picture]From: sui66iy Date: December 5th, 2006 - 10:21 pm (Link)
What does that have to do with whether a fly and a bee could team up to beat Mav in the election? (They really dislike Mav.)
[User Picture]From: max1975 Date: December 6th, 2006 - 12:00 am (Link)
My people come from Austin. Obviously it must be an awesome place.
[User Picture]From: jameel Date: December 6th, 2006 - 12:31 pm (Link)
The fly has the backing of the sanitation workers' union, and the bee has a stinger. Mav, however, has pro wrestling experience, which is superior to both those things in the political arena. Mav ftw.
[User Picture]From: cuddlyd00m Date: December 6th, 2006 - 12:22 am (Link)
Watch it, boy. Don't make me come over there...

... and ... er ... get my ass kicked.
[User Picture]From: jameel Date: December 6th, 2006 - 12:34 pm (Link)
Hee hee! I messed with Texas!

Mav and I are both originally from Ohio.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: December 6th, 2006 - 12:00 am (Link)
As a note, I don't hate buses or public transport. That's a misconception. I have a phobia of riding buses myself, but I am all for making the bus system reasonable and in fact I've pimped buskarma several times myself. Light rail would be awesome.

Revitalizing Pittsburgh as a social, happening, city would also be a good agenda item.
[User Picture]From: alphabetically Date: December 6th, 2006 - 04:04 pm (Link)
Low property prices are great and all, but the job market sucks. A lot.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: December 6th, 2006 - 04:23 pm (Link)
I think it sucks. But I wouldn;t say it sucks a lot. I think there could be improvements made. There always could be. But there are many places where its much worse, too. It's kind of weird, because one of the things that makes the housing market good is that the job market sucks. One thing that would need to be done would be to improve one without harming (and hopefully continuing to improve) the other (as much as possible). Anyway, yeah, its a good issue that I should keep in mind.
[User Picture]From: sui66iy Date: December 6th, 2006 - 05:14 pm (Link)
That's what I'm trying to address!

There's a chicken-and-egg problem. Why aren't there cool tech companies in Pittsburgh? Because it's hard to hire good tech people. Why aren't there good tech people to hire? Because they go somewhere else where there are companies! You have to have some sort of a catalyst outside of the companies to cause people to want to stay, so that companies well set up shop.

Now, as it happens, I already have a cool tech company that wants to hire people. So the lack of a job market isn't exactly my problem, except inasmuch as it means that in general there are fewer good hires in the city (because they aren't already working at other cool places).

Obviously, lots of people have thought about this problem a lot. There's all Richard Florida's work on the "creative class" (oddly enough, as soon as he got sufficiently famous, he left Pittsburgh).

Who knows, maybe rather than give tax breaks to department stores and fund new stadiums, it might make sense to try to support art and music venues. That would make the city more attractive to creative people, which would make it more attractive to creative companies, which would feed a virtuous cycle. In theory.

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