Live @ Pop City Live

I have just arrived at the first Pop City Live. Pop City is a weekly emagazine with interesting articles about Pittsburgh (full disclosure I was profiled in Pop City over the summer). I have been a fan of the weekly newsletter long before they wrote about me. The articles are complimented by beautiful photography of city places and spaces. I have been looking forward to this discussion because I am always happy to hear new perspectives on improving Pittsburgh. Jason added some similar thoughts to his comments about this event in last weeks This Is
Happening (thisishappening.org). This panel is particularly interesting to me because these are some of the people doing exciting things in Pittsburgh that do not always get the publicity.

The panel is being held at the New Hazlett theater on the North Side. It is great to see that the theater is almost completely full. Before I had walked into the theater I knew this was a well planned event. A big thank you to Pop City for providing name tags and programs.

I think the way to describe the discussion about Pittsburgh at this event is visionary.

Even negative statements about this city are followed up with exciting ideas about what Pittsburgh could be. Constructive ideas that go way beyond slogans and marketing campaigns. This panel is diving in to some of the deeper reasons that people come
here and stay here.

Some of the interesting things discussed thus far:
– how can Pittsburgh be more friendly to business that arr starting up here
– how to we see an elderly population as an asset

From Visionary to Reality:
They have just opened the forum up to questions from the audience and Tom Sokolowski from the Warhol museum has raised a really interesting question about what do you do with all of the people here, who are the traditional voters, working class and union members who are not from the technology sector, universities or the arts. Another question from a city planner addressed the issue of different municipalities competing for business and development. Panelist Michael Edwards answered this with the interesting example of Fort Collins, CO. Fort Collins decided rather than giving financial incentives and competing, they would put the money into making Fort Collins a great place to live.

This is certainly an interesting conversation with 4 panelist that have unique Pittsburgh experiences. I am looking forward to the next Pop City Live.

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