The Allegheny Conference, local elected officials and even the local headline-writers are furiously applying truckloads of lipstick to census results demonstrating that InsolvenCity and Allegheny County have continued to hemorrhage population in the Twenty-First Century. (The City of Pittsburgh, perhaps for the first time since George Washington was president, holds less than one-quarter of Allegheny County's population.)
Joanna Doven, representing mayor Luke Ravenstahl, told a reporter that "We believe that we have reversed the brain drain and are now experiencing brain gain."
The reporter apparently was too kind to note that Ms. Doven and her boss represent the generation of Pittsburghers from the period in which departure of young people with resources, education, ambition and opportunities diluted the city's gene pool.
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