FP on Cities

So not the normal place to find urban stuff, but Foreign Policy has an issue dedicated to cities.  They cite a list of the world’s 75 most dynamic cities.  Don’t get excited. No, we are not on it.  I suspect that measuring city size or region size every place on that list is just a lot bigger than we are.

One interesting thing though is that the list does include a place called “Rhine-Ruhr” as #51.  There used to be a cottage industry comparing and contrasting the steel-post steel histories of Pittsburgh and the Greater Ruhrgebiet region.  Lots of shared industrial decline history between the two regions.  The comparison is not perfect.  The Rhine-Ruhr region is clearly not any one ‘city’ but several.  Duisburg, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Essen, Heidelberg and others; the essence of a ‘conurbation’ to use the 75 cent word (inflation you know).

Duisburg may ring a bell with long time readers here.  I mention on occasion Duisburg, one of the Ruhr cities that has an awful lot of similarities to Pittsburgh past, Pittsburgh present and arguably Pittsburgh future at this point.

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