Last year, I reported on the reinvention of Pittsburgh. The former steel city is doing better than many other post-industrial cities thanks to its spirit of collaboration and success in technology and other new fields. Just after the New Year, Christopher Briem, who helped us with our series, published a provocative Op-Ed in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette arguing that we think of Cleveland and Pittsburgh as one region. He calls it “Cleveburgh.”
Northeast Ohio and southwestern Pennsylvania are far more interconnected with each other than either region is with other parts of Ohio or Pennsylvania. The day-to-day interaction of local businesses are geared toward regional partners, not Harrisburg or Columbus. Pittsburgh industries are far more linked to markets and suppliers in Youngstown, Akron and Cleveland than with those in Allentown, Scranton or even Philadelphia. In so many ways the state boundaries we think of as important are no more than lines on a map.
You can read the whole piece here.
What do you think? Do we need to think across state and regional lines?