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The Burgh
« on: May 19, 2008, 11:15:21 AM »

Saw this posted on FGI and figured it'd be interesting to all the folks here with Pittsburgh ties:

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As Deaths Outpace Births, Cities Adjust

PITTSBURGH — This city has passed a grim demographic milestone: More people are dying here than are being born.

What demographers call a natural decrease has been occurring for years in tiny rural towns and in some retirement meccas in the South. But the phenomenon is relatively new in metropolitan areas in the Northeast, the Rust Belt of the Middle West and Appalachia.

Hospitals are closing obstetrics wards and converting them to acute care. Local governments and other social service providers are adjusting to the emergence of entire neighborhoods where the average age is soaring, and private foundations are awarding scholarships to retain students and attract new ones.

In Pittsburgh, public school enrollment plummeted from about 70,000 two decades ago to about 30,000 and continues shrinking by about 1,000 a year....

In the 1990s, births in metropolitan Pittsburgh outnumbered deaths by 11,500. Since this decade began, however, nearly 25,000 more people have died here than have been born. Health care has replaced steel as Pittsburgh’s biggest industry. Parochial and public schools have closed.
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« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2008, 11:18:36 AM »

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Russia has invaded a sovereign neighboring state and threatens a democratic government elected by its people. Such an action is unacceptable in the 21st century.
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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2008, 12:03:15 PM »

Interesting.  I had thought it had gotten better in the last few years, but I guess not.

In high school in the late 80s, my friends and I couldn't wait to get out of Pittsburgh.  Of the friends from Pittsburgh that I still keep in touch with, I'm having trouble coming up with anyone that settled down there.  There's one in Savannah, two in DC, one in Boston, one in Wisconsin, one in San Diego.

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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2008, 12:06:07 PM »

Headbang

Is there any truth to the rumor that you were were an idealistic youth full of hope and optimism for the future before you moved to Pittsburgh?  Devil

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« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2008, 12:07:21 PM »

Headbang

Is there any truth to the rumor that you were were an idealistic youth full of hope and optimism for the future before you moved to Pittsburgh?  Devil

not at all.
if anything, i've become slightly more optimistice living here.  but not much
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« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2008, 12:11:44 PM »

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« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2008, 12:14:41 PM »

Headbang

LMAO!  That's the funniest response I've seen all day.
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« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2008, 01:05:29 PM »

... optimistice ...
Is that the new City Fragrance?

Sal: "Aske, I really like your new cologne."
Aske: "Thanks -- it's Optimistice.
Sal: "I thought that was your natural scent."
Aske: "No, that's Pessimistice."
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« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2008, 01:13:50 PM »

Hmmm, sounds like there are big career opportunities in Pittsburgh for Spacey. Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2008, 01:29:48 PM »

Hmmm, sounds like there are big career opportunities in Pittsburgh for Spacey. Grin Grin Grin

I don't like old people. They frighten me.
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« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2008, 01:46:44 PM »

Poor boy, you must be frightened all day. Shocked
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« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2008, 02:20:41 PM »

Hmmm, sounds like there are big career opportunities in Pittsburgh for Spacey. Grin Grin Grin

I don't like old people. They frighten me.

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« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2008, 02:38:00 PM »

Hmmm, sounds like there are big career opportunities in Pittsburgh for Spacey. Grin Grin Grin

I don't like old people. They frighten me.

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« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2008, 02:44:52 PM »

Hmmm, sounds like there are big career opportunities in Pittsburgh for Spacey. Grin Grin Grin

I don't like old people. They frighten me.

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I know a woman who was a grandmother at 32. Does that change your position? (For the record, it wouldn't for me.)
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« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2008, 03:52:43 PM »

Hmmm, sounds like there are big career opportunities in Pittsburgh for Spacey. Grin Grin Grin

I don't like old people. They frighten me.

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I know a woman who was a grandmother at 32. Does that change your position? (For the record, it wouldn't for me.)
Don't worry, the 32 year old granny most probably wouldn't want to *fudge* you, either. Tongue Shocked Shocked Shocked Grin Grin
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