Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Like Dial Up, But Slower

I promise to get back to the city council and SOON, but since my internet connection at the Philadelphia Airport Shack (Hilton) is so slow I would have been better off sending my Grandmother walking down the turnpike for my Post-Gazette, research was out of the question.

In the mean time, I want to join all the other bloggers in Pittsburgh and briefly comment on Chris Briem's article in the Post-Gazette on Sunday on the migration away from Pittsburgh. I think Chris' point, that due to America's mobile work force all cities experience more migrations (both in and out) then in the past, is plain to see and fairly irrefutable. Consequently, instead of commenting on that I'll say that I think the reason that people lament over what sometimes seems to be a constant outward migration is not that we're losing total population or even prestige but that friends and loved ones who want to stay simply can't.

I graduated Penn State with a degree in Information Sciences in 2005 with several friends who also hailed from Pittsburgh. I'm back, but only because I begged both of my serious offering companies to let me stay in the Burgh, finally the one that wanted me to move to NYC (the other one wanted me in San Francisco) agreed to let me stay and I became a "Location-Neutral Migrant." We all wanted to come back, several of us (not myself) even accepted scholarships that were contingent on our staying in Pennsylvania or Allegheny County. Unfortunately, all those scholarships are being paid back now; I only have one other friend from college who was able to stay in the Burgh, he was so adamant he didn't even look for a job nationally, and now he's making little more then half of what the rest of us are with the same degree.

One thought that crossed my mind as a potential contributing factor is the fact that we all wanted to come back so badly, we all would have taken less money to return. Do you think there is any potential that this region loyalty drives salaries down (and consequently people out)?

1 comment:

Jim Russell said...

If the young guns want to stay in the region, I suggest creating a job that allows you to do so. I've met a few people who have done this successfully, but we need more people to try.