Pittsburgh

If a college degree is the new high school diploma, why not make higher education free? These cities did.

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The Real Problem with Gentrification

A phenomenon that revived cities can also make them monotonous

Gentrification, which has helped revive so many cities, has a possibly self-defeating side-effect: Leaving monotonous neighborhoods in its wake. 

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The Curse of Warholism

Never mind Andy Warhol’s art. It’s his perspective that’s doing the damage.

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Update: As of 5 p.m. there have been 71,849 calls into Election Protection’s 866-OUR-VOTE Hotline. The trends throughout the day include confusion over voter ID requirements in multiple states; long lines at the polls in part due to early voting restrictions; and inadequate preparation throughout the country—not enough voting machines or polling officials—for a large voter turnout. One of the most significant updates include a number of reports coming out of Pennsylvania—specifically Philadelphia and Pittsburgh—that voters have been wrongfully removed from the voting rolls.

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Bob Murray has made his first public response to my new article describing the pressure he puts on employees to give to Republican candidates.

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My speculative connection between the 47 percent doctrine and voter suppression took exactly one day to be vindicated.

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The cradle of quarterbacks in the age of concussions.

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Dinesh D'Souza obsession with Obama's "anti-colonialism" is translating to some surprisingly good box office numbers.

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When I’m not deep in a presidential election season, I do like writing about subjects other than politics, including the whole realm of urban policy/economic development/land use. It was that interest that led me, two years ago, to write a long magazine piece critiquing the remarkably lucrative enterprise that had grown out of Richard Florida’s 2002 best-seller, The Rise of the Creative Class.

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Every four years, political reporters flood western Pennsylvania searching for the latest clue to decipher the shifting allegiances of coveted “Reagan Democrats,” the socially conservative voters who abandoned the New Deal coalition over cultural issues in the '70's and '80's. When a candidate visits Pennsylvania, the accompanying news reports remind us that “Reagan Democrats” are the consummate swing voters who maintain a stranglehold over the outcome of critical races in large industrial Midwestern states like Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

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