Pittsburgh's Response to Pennsylvania's Decline

Mulugetta Birru, executive director of the Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority, comments on the recent study that shows Pennsylvania is in decline.
December 10, 2003, 5am PST | Connie Chung
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Birru, who also teaches urban planning, strongly agrees with the conclusion of a recent Brookings Institution's study, that the state of Pennsylvania "has spent its economic development money to encourage development in outlying areas at the expense of cities and older towns." In the Pittsburgh region, which according to Birru is struggling more than other parts of the state, he and others have pointed out reassuringly that the region was shifting its emphasis to reinvesting in existing communities and doing more joint planning." For Birru, the answer lies in good leadership.

Thanks to Connie Chung

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Published on Tuesday, December 9, 2003 in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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