John Tierney joins City Journal assistant editor Charles McElwee to discuss Pittsburgh’s recent resurgence.

“If you want to see how to revive a city—and how not to,” John Tierney writes, “go to Pittsburgh.” Pittsburgh has transformed itself from the Steel City to western Pennsylvania’s hub of “eds” and “meds.” But before that could happen, the city nearly destroyed itself under various misguided urban plans dating back to the 1950s.

Tierney’s essay, “A Renaissance Runs Through It,” appears in City Journal’s Summer 2019 issue; an adapted version was published in the Wall Street Journal.

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  1. colleenb Member

    Always enjoy the 10 Blocks podcast. It is almost always an interesting subject and concisely done. Keeping my fingers crossed that Pittsburgh will not lose momentum from the liberal, SJW types. Thanks.

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  2. colleenb Member

    Also, since I have family in Philadelphia and this is really the first big city I have been visiting regularly, I would love a look at how that city is doing compared to other big cities. 

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  3. James Gawron Thatcher
    James Gawron


    It was no myth. Constance Mellon refused to live in Pittsburgh after WWII. Richard King Mellon her husband found this intolerable. He was at the height of his power and he used it to the max to put a fire under “renaissance”.

    Never underestimate the power of love.



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  4. RS711 Member

    I used to run with my cross country team through Mellon Park on Fifth and Penn in East Liberty in the early 90’s.  It was still a drug haven.  Now, Google took over where the old Nabisco Plant used to be and it’s a high end area.

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