That’s Politico Magazine’s assessment, anyway.
Today the D.C.-based publication featured the Steel City as it launched the first in a yearlong series of stories (http://politi.co/1kKDPr2) to highlight innovative ideas from municipalities and the ways they can be reengineered for Washington and the rest of the country.
“There’s an incredible wave of urban revival happening in America, with major cities now growing faster than the suburbs for the first time since the 1920s, and it’s transforming the landscape of the country even at a time of political gridlock in Washington, said magazine editor Susan Glasser.
“Our goal with this series is to understand how innovation spreads, to kick the tires on what works – and what doesn’t – at a time of massive reinvention,” she said. “It’s a unique opportunity to go deep with great journalism about the landscape in which our politics is being shaped every day.
The Post-Gazette’s own Jim O’Toole contributed this (http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/02/pittsburgh-political-makeover-of-a-rust-belt-city-103040.html?ml=m_t2_2h#.UvE7JpWPLHN) to the coverage.