Policy Brief

  • Livability rankings tell us very little

    Summary: Livability rankings are very subjective.  The notion of livability will vary from person to person depending upon circumstances or individual tastes and preferences.  Yet they are big news in a city or region when the results are favorable.  This … Continue reading


Colin McNickle at Large

  • Red herrings, poison-pillings & disrespect

    Red herrings are procreating at an astonishing rate among those who are hell-bent on shutting down even talking about any degree of privatization at the long-troubled Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA). Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb has joined the … Continue reading