Bringing together the thoughts of outstanding contributors, Regional Politics presents a comparative study on the emerging regional nature of local and urban politics. Recent studies tend to focus on the politics and power of internal cities or on suburban areas that have gained incredible strength in the past decade. However, this important volume explores how politics work in the extended metropolis or “functional city”--which includes and surrounds the urban core and whose economy, society, and politics are integrally joined. Contributors center on detailed case studies of 10 cities with a look at the development of regional patterns, an analysis of the impact regionalism has on urban politics, and an outline for an overall approach. The comprehensive and state-of-the-art expertise presented in this volume makes Regional Politics ideal for planners, policymakers, academics, researchers, and students in the areas of urban politics, state and local government, and public policy.
Chapter 7: Pittsburgh: Partnerships in a Regional City
Pittsburgh: Partnerships in a Regional City
Fifty years of effort by one of the country's most formidable public-private partnerships has created a new Pittsburgh. An urban renaissance has been achieved, recognized by Rand McNally when it rated Pittsburgh the “Most Livable City” in the United States in 1985. Since the 1940s, corporate leadership in Pittsburgh has worked with city, county, and state governments to implement numerous plans that have re-created the area's physical and employment structure. Pittsburgh was once a mighty manufacturing region of machinery and primary metals. It is now a “postindustrial” economy, centered on “specialized, advanced services” catering to the needs of a headquarters city and expanding into high technology sectors of software, engineering, medicine, and education. This ...