I can't believe nobody here is talking about the historic population gain experienced by the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area (and Allegheny County in particular) from 2010-2011 according to the Census Estimates released a couple weeks ago.
Metro Pittsburgh started growing again a few years ago after decades of almost uninterrupted population loss, and a gain of 3,700 year-over-year for the MSA is the largest gain yet. As Pittsburgh is still unfortunately in "last place" amongst major metros in the volume of international migrants... and Pittsburgh is the only major metro that experiences more deaths than births... the population gain is driven by strong domestic in-migration that overcame the birth deficit. 3,700 may seem meager compared to other regions' gains, but it is a testament to how successful Pittsburgh is becoming at attracting new residents from elsewhere in the US. In fact, Pittsburgh is now experiencing the highest per-capita rate of net in-migration amongst any major metro in the North (excepting the federal jobs machine of DC).
Of particular interest is that Pittsburgh MSA's job growth is now primarily driven by the core county of Allegheny. Overall growth was dragged down by some of the outlying suburban counties. However, even the population losers were on the plus side of domestic migration. Of the 7 MSA counties, only tiny, rural Armstrong posted net domestic out-migration.
This is a remarkable turnaround for the region. Greater Pittsburgh probably hasn't seen net domestic in-migration since the 1920s.
Here's the article from the Post-Gazette... followed by numbers:
Numerical difference: +3,461
Percent difference: +0.1%
Components of Population Change for Metro Pittsburgh
Corresponding annual rates under raw numbers
Let's take a look at the populations of some nearby areas and determine the growth for different regional units...
New Castle Micropolitan Area
2010: 91,108So this gives us the CSA
2010: 2,447,393Population growth for the CSA will probably lag behind the MSA for the foreseeable future due to Lawrence County's weakness.
Now let's take a look at the Pittsburgh Designated Market Area... which is our "media market".
Media in Pittsburgh - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
2010: 2,447,393+ the Morgantown, WV MSA... which ranked amongst the top 50 fastest growing MSAs this year with 2% growth
Monongalia County, WV
2010: 96,189Preston County, WV
2010: 33,520Morgantown, WV MSA
2010: 129,709Now we'll add the rest of the counties...
Garrett County, MD
2010: 30,097Clarion County
2010: 39,988Greene County
2010: 38,686Indiana County
2010: 88,880Venango County
2010: 54,984that gives us...
Now let's check out the Pittsburgh Economic Area...
This measure includes the 10-county region served by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (Pittsburgh CSA + Greene + Indiana), Metro Weirton-Steubenville, Metro Wheeling and a few other counties in OH and WV.
The Bureau of Economic Analysis defines Economic Areas as metropolitan or micropolitan areas that serve as regional centers of economic activity and the counties that are economically related to the nodes.
10 county Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission region
2010: 2,574,959Now we'll add the components of Weirton-Steubenville MSA
Jefferson County, OH
2010: 69,709Brooke County, WV
2010: 24,069Hancock County, WV
2010: 30,676Weirton-Steubenville MSA
2010: 124,454Now the Wheeling MSA...
Belmont County, OH
2010: 70,400Marshall County, WV
2010: 33,107Ohio County, WV
2010: 44,443Wheeling MSA
2010: 147,950...and the three leftover counties...
Monroe County, OH
2010: 14,642Tyler County, WV
2010: 9,208Wetzel County, WV
2010: 16,583Add it all up...
Pittsburgh Economic Area
Let's take a look at some of the Metropolitan Areas near Pittsburgh:
Erie, PA MSA
2010: 280,566Johnstown, PA MSA
Altoona, PA MSA
2010: 127,089State College, PA MSA
2010: 153,990All metros in the western half of Pennsylvania grew! :ok:
Cumberland, MD MSA
2010: 103,299Morgantown, WV MSA
2010: 129,709Weirton-Steubenville MSA
2010: 124,454Wheeling MSA
2010: 147,950Youngstown-Warren, OH-PA MSA
2010: 565,773Canton-Massilon, OH MSA
2010: 404,422Akron, OH MSA
2010: 703,200Cleveland, OH MSA
Something I came across. It's basically a marketing tool for Bakery Square 2.0 which is interesting enough. They seem pretty bullish on it, and having endorsements from Nordy and Cohon certainly helps.
But what really caught my attention were some pretty awesome aerial shots. Definitely some angles I've never seen before. I especially like the East End flyover around 4:08.
Yes the estimates provide some great news, particularly for Allegheny county.
The fact that it's Allegheny county is great news in itself.
Add to that it has to overcome natural loss, while many metros ride on natural gain is amazing.
It's interesting that Butler which has been growing for decades still has a deaths close to births.
Hopefully Westmoreland can get over that fence. It's frustrating that it has had positve (albeit small) migration, but still has a net loss.
In any case, let's hope that this is the truly the beginning to a trend where Allegheny posts even better gains and bigger int'l gains and Westmoreland and the others see a little bit more significant gains.
I honestly don't see much changing New Castle/Lawence Cty anytime soon nor the Steubenville-Weirton metro. Even with the shale jobs, maybe losses will be more contained, but the depth of problems is serious.
Looking forward to moving to Pitt.... The city has a lot of great things going for it but I will say that some work needs to be done in the area of connectivity. Not just transit but also pedestrian.... For example, cultural district to strip district or downtown/station square to south side. They are so close yet feel so divided... Walking or biking between them is not pleasant.
I understand the geographical constraints PGH faces and know they are different cities but check out what IND did to allow for a cohesive / connected urban core via the cultural trail http://www.indyculturaltrail.org/images-videos.html and georgia street http://www.indy.gov/egov/city/dpw/re...s-project.aspx
I do like the river trails in Pittsburgh but they don't serve the purpose of welcoming visitors and connecting neighborhoods while spurring redevelopment and small businesses.
Civic Arena definitely had a unique look and I would have preferred it be returned to its original purpose as a concert hall, but the property was too valuable for that and it created a big disconnect between the front end of the Hill District and downtown.
More renderings of the Hazelwood development site (thanks BrianTH)
Not sure what's going on in this one... almost looks agricultural!
Rothschild Doyno Collaborative
The renderings for the Hazelwood site are really encouraging.. looks like it's going to be denser than the PTC and more diverse & functional than SSW.
In regards to the CEC- I like the arena overall. It's certainly not as iconic as the Civic Arena, but it's not meant to be. It utilizes an awkwardly shaped lot nicely, and was built right into the hillside. I think it will succeed where the Civic Arena failed- spurring neighborhood development rather than retarding it. And the inside is gorgeous and state-of-the-art.
One of my favorite things about Consol Energy Center is how they kept that beautiful historic church next to it (although the adjoining Catholic school was demolished). I love the way CEC is tucked into that lot... it has a much smaller, and more appropriately urban, footprint than the Civic Arena monstrosity that wiped out an entire neighborhood and severed Downtown's connectivity to adjoining districts.
Who cares what CEC's roof looks like from the air? I love walking up Fifth Ave. and seeing that huge glass curtain wall. I love that there are street-level retail spaces built into the arena. And the actual function of the arena... the interior space... is infinitely superior to clunky, decrepit Civic Arena.
I can't believe we're still having this conversation.
This follows up on the article I posted in March about the Edgewater development in Oakmont. There is an adjacent development called River's Edge (article from March, but I only found it now).
While this project is pending TIF-approval, I am very excited that this development will blend in with Edgewater and Oakmont's existing street network. While this seems obvious... it does buck the trends of 60 years of development... where cul-de-sacs ruled and developments were designed with few outlets and connections. Even today there is outcry at Summerset at Frick Park concerning connecting the neighborhood to Browns Hill Road... and the Borough of Bridgeville canceled their planned Main St. extension due to "traffic concerns" caused by a new housing development proposed in Upper St. Clair.
Yeah, in that zone (meaning considering the distance from the core business districts and other regional destinations) those are very nice-looking infill plans from a density and urban planning perspective.
As I noted elsewhere, I also can't see those renderings without thinking how much value would be added if the AVR commuter service was actually launched--there should be a station right around there (the AVR runs along the eastern side of those sites, and last I knew the plan was to have an Oakmont/Verona station).
Top of the Triangle closed in Sept, 2001. I worked there one summer during college break. On the 62nd floor in addition to T.O.T.T.'s main dining room and bar, there were the private dining rooms of US Steel, Rockwell Intl, The Downtown Club of Pittsburgh, and the downtown dining room of the Pittsburgh Athletic Association.
Oh, and during every weekday rush hour, the traffic guy from KDKA radio would broadcast from a desk off of the 62nd Fl elevator lobby. They actually used a telescope to spot traffic tie ups.
New jobs may well absorb that parking capacity, although even better would be for a bunch of the surface parking in or near Downtown to be converted to higher-intensity use (which is currently the plan anyway, but a little less of it could be converted to structured parking).
I like the renderings of both the LTV site and the River's Edge development. I realize the Rivers Edge development is close to the AVR line, but it would be nice if there was some rail proposal for the Hazelwood site. I know a while back, Councilman Peduto had the idea of running a heavy rail line from Hazelwood through Oakland to Lawrenceville. Such a line would only boost value in this area as well, would it not?
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