G-20 to meet next in a rust-belt city

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "…Pittsburgh will host the G-20 world economic summit Sept. 24-25 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center." Naturally, the crises of the moment — the world economic crisis and the ecological crisis — will provide the prime topics on the agenda.

Why Pittsburgh? According to the Post-Gazette:

White House officials said they focused on Pittsburgh because of the city's economic recovery from the decline of the steel industry in the 1980s, and because of its leadership in environmentally friendly buildings. The administration also is funding research on solar window panels under development for office buildings by PPG Industries.

Briefly put, the White House believes Pittsburgh to be a post-industrial success story.

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