Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Trading Health for Boom-Bust Jobs Is Shortsighted

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Trading Health for Boom-Bust Jobs Is Shortsighted

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In response to the April 2 editorial "Eyes Wide Open: The Cons, and Pros, of a Big Petrochemical Plant":

I may not be old enough to remember the thriving days of the mills when Downtown was dark at noon, but I am old enough to remember what it was like when steel was no longer thriving and what that looked like in Pittsburgh. Throughout my life, I've watched my city struggle and fight to redefine and reinvent itself. Just look at the many green buildings, universities that garner international attention and our world-renowned hospitals.

Why would we ever want to put all our eggs in one basket again? Creating an economy that relies on the health of a single industry that is historically boom or bust is, in my opinion, egregious and shortsighted. Have we not learned our lesson? …

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