Another perspective to the current ‘COVID-19-driven housing herd’

The Ghosts of the Rust Belt On the Media

The old US Steel building in Pittsburgh, PA is a black monolith, symbol and fortress of industrial power, soaring above the confluence of three mighty rivers. But its vista has changed. Gone is the golden, sulfurous haze. Gone are the belching smokestacks, blazing furnaces and slag-lined river valleys snaking along Appalachian foothills. The industry that sustained a region, girded the world’s infrastructure and underwrote a now-vanished way of life has long since crossed oceans. Steel City is now Healthcare City, representing almost 1 in 4 jobs in the region. Some 92,000 of them work for just one employer, the sprawling, omnivorous University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, whose logo now adorns the black-skyscraper sentinel of the Three Rivers. But this is not just a case of a clean economy displacing a filthy one. To Gabriel Winant, author of The Next Shift: The Fall of Industry and the Rise of Health Care in Rust Belt America, the story of economic transformation in the Rust Belt is the story of disparity — of wealth, income and political power — that didn't vanish when the smokestacks came down.  In this special hour, Winant tells Bob the real story behind the economic transformation that took place in the rust belt, and what it tells us about our economy, and our future, more broadly. Music from this week's show: Flugufrelsarinn — Kronos QuartetSteel Mill Blues — Joe GlazerLiquid Spear Waltz — Michael AndrewsSacred Oracle — John Zorn (feat. Bill Frisell, Carol Emanuel & Kenny Wollesen)Human Nature — Vijay IyerPittsburgh—Joe Glazer  
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  3. Trans* Formations

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plan4morehouses

City planner working to help communities develop more equitably. More homes and more affordable homes. Integrated with mixed use centers or pockets of retail, commerce, government, entertainment, education and more. Woven into nature that we preserve for future generations. An improved transportation network to help people get from their home to where they want to go. On foot, by bike, on scooter, by auto, on metro, by bus, and more. We have the intellectual capital. We need more federal, state and local capital. We will act using multiple forms of information and communication that includes our experiences and feedback from our neighbors and peers from many backgrounds and perspectives. Perhaps we'll have some fun along the way.

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