Pittsburgh and the Appalachians: Cultural and Natural Resources in a Postindustrial Age

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Few American cities reflect the challenges and promise of a twenty-first-century economy better than Pittsburgh and its surrounding region. Once a titan of the industrial age, Pittsburgh flourished from the benefits of its waterways, central location, and natural resources-bituminous coal to fire steel furnaces; salt and sand for glass making; gas, oil, and just enough ore to spark an early iron industry. Today, like many cities located in the manufacturing triangle that stretches from Boston to Duluth to St. ...

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Overview

Few American cities reflect the challenges and promise of a twenty-first-century economy better than Pittsburgh and its surrounding region. Once a titan of the industrial age, Pittsburgh flourished from the benefits of its waterways, central location, and natural resources-bituminous coal to fire steel furnaces; salt and sand for glass making; gas, oil, and just enough ore to spark an early iron industry. Today, like many cities located in the manufacturing triangle that stretches from Boston to Duluth to St. Louis, Pittsburgh has made the transition to a service-based economy.

Pittsburgh and the Appalachians presents a collection of eighteen essays that explore the advantages and disadvantages that Pittsburgh and its surrounding region face in the new global economy, from the perspectives of technology, natural resources, workforce, and geography.  It offers an extensive examination of the processes and factors that have transformed much of industrial America during the past half-century, and shows how other cities can learn from the steps Pittsburgh has taken through redevelopment, green space acquisition, air and water quality improvement, cultural revival, and public-private partnerships to create a more livable, economically viable region for future populations.

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"This volume will be of interest to scholars and a wider readesrhip interested in the region and/or in the challenges of the shifting economic and social realities of the eraly 21st century. Recommended."
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  • ISBN-13: 9780822942825
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph L. Scarpaci is professor of geography at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and author of Barrios and Plazas: Heritage Tourism and Globalization in the Spanish Amiercan Centro Histórico.

Kevin J. Patrick is associate professor of geography and planning at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Introduction. Pittsburgh and the Appalachians in the new millennium 1
1 Downtown Pittsburgh : renaissance and renewal 7
2 Pittsburgh as a concentric triangle 21
3 The steel valley 36
4 Joe Magarac and the spirit of Pittsburgh 53
5 Pittsburgh's strip district : from industry and warehousing to ethnic chic 64
6 Pittsburgh, city of bridges 81
7 Chatham village : the enduring legacy of collaborative genius 100
8 A community's struggle : little Allegheny West takes on the pros 109
9 Pittsburgh's suburbs : hollowing out the core 125
10 Factory outlet malls : prime outlets at Grove City 141
11 The decline of space and the ascent of place : Internet technology in Appalachia 155
12 Appalachia : rich in natural resources, poor in human opportunity 167
13 Living on the fringe : a geographic profile of Appalachian Ohio 178
14 Central Applachia's whitewater recreation industry 191
15 Going to the mountains : deer hunters in the Allegheny National Forest region 203
16 American heritage rivers : a new model for watershed planning in Appalachia 220
17 Pittsburgh and the creative age 235
18 What will the new millennium bring? 249
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