Thrival: Pittsburgh's Contemporary Woodstock Arts, Music and Innovation Festival
Huffington Post - 6 months
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is experiencing a Renaissance.
It wasn't too long ago that Pittsburgh was the Steel Capital of the world.
But sometime around 1981, I'm told, Pittsburgh hit what they call "rock bottom." That's when the entire steel industry cratered, leaving only unemployed steel workers, empty houses and shrinking school districts à la Detroit and the demise of their world leading automotive industry. Both were centrally blue- collar towns that almost had to suffer through a tectonic shift to stand any chance of competing in the future.
This reinvigorating, refreshing and pivoting of the economy has been somewhat incremental for Pittsburgh in the last decade or so, beginning with the move toward becoming a medical center of excellence.
With the intersection of the "Three Rivers" (Monongahela, Allegheny, Ohio), the 'transport,' comes an intersection of three big universities (Pitt, Carnegie-Mellon, Duquesne), the 'brainport,' and a whole host (at least 37)
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