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Democracy as Problem SolvingCivic Capacity in Communities Across the Globe$
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Xavier de Souza Briggs

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262026413

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262026413.001.0001

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The Hyper-organized Region: Leading the Next “New Economy” in Pittsburgh

The Hyper-organized Region: Leading the Next “New Economy” in Pittsburgh

(p.143) 7 The Hyper-organized Region: Leading the Next “New Economy” in Pittsburgh
Democracy as Problem Solving

Souza Briggs

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This chapter examines barriers, opportunities, and choices encountered by actors during the economic restructuring in greater Pittsburgh, a major industrial American city, and also discusses the efforts made by interest groups and organizations in the formation and implementation of an effective and widely supported agenda: Economic restructuring. It highlights the inadequacies of a public–private cooperation mechanism with an increase in the functional and spatial demands of restructuring toward the end of the twentieth century. An analysis of how the Allegheny Conference played an important role in cleaning up the environment, rebuilding downtown, and reorganizing land use is also presented.

Keywords:   economic restructuring, industrial cities, interest groups, Allegheny Conference, land use

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