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-$8 billion/year moves though the Port of Pittsburgh

-34,000 metro jobs are dependent on Port operations/commerce

-Barge transportation averages $.007 per ton-mile compared to rail ($.045 ptm) and truck ($.10 ptm).

-Port Pittsburgh has direct international trade agreements with German and Mexican ports.

-Pittsburgh is larger in tonnage than Baltimore, Philadelphia, and St. Louis.

-The 52 million tons of cargo the Port of Pittsburgh ships and receives each year equates to an annual benefit to the region of more than $873 million.


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Pittsburgh in the 1950s under Mayor David Lawrence really cleaned itself up at one time it was "Hell with the lid off" literally (from around 1890-1945). Many cities such as St. Louis, Cleveland etc. have used the "Pittsburgh Model" in revitalizing old polluted industry in their cities.

There are still a few mills in the area, the largest being Andrew Carnegie's flagship (largest and first mill of his huge U.S. Steel Corp.) the Edgar Thompson works or "ET" :lol: its along the Monongahela just east of the city. Also Clairton further up river still has a few mills as well as the Charleroi area even further up river. Along the Ohio McKees Rocks, Neville Island, Aliquippa (Joe Namath's hometown) and Monaca have some heavy industry still.

Pittsburgh like every other modern city produces much more with automation and streamlined processes the days of factories streching as far as the eye could see employing 250,000 workers (like they did in WWII) just isn't economical anymore, even the gruff tough world of the "Steeler" one who makes steel is actually today positioned in a "control room" with computers monitoring the steel making process. Used to be it would take 5-10 steelers to man a steelmill "ladel" today one technician monitors a dozen "ladels". Its all high-tech, good part about it with that is much less polution and more purity and cleanliness. There are some though that still miss those endless factories along the river shores (most of which made way to malls like the waterfront and southside works) and the pillars of black smoke--the old days meant a million "steelers" working in "Steel Valley" from Aliquippa in the west to Charleroi in the Southeast. I like today better though, nothing beats high-tech!

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