Tuesday, January 04, 2011

the geography of Cleveburgh - Yo on the axis

an interesting image on the Null Space blog . . .

. . . shows the geography of the Cleveburgh map.

Or, how the author puts it, "the Greater Youngstown Metropolitan Area. "

Now imagine on the map above interstate 80 running east-west through the map, and quasi-interstate route 11 running north-south.

The City of Youngstown is where all of these axes cross each other.

From a recent Post-Gazette story:
"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.

Annual migration among Cleveburgh communities dwarfs the movement of people to other places across the nation. Daily commuting over state borders is a growing phenomenon. It is not uncommon to see workers from Ohio and West Virginia looking for jobs in Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh residents considering jobs in Weirton or Youngstown or farther reaches of the region.

No one definition of our greater region is right for all circumstances. But we can't be limited by municipal or state boundaries that mean less and less as time goes by.

Roads and rivers, power lines and pollution; all ignore the lines arbitrarily drawn on maps centuries ago. It is our mental map of who we are that will have the most to do with who we become."
well said, Mr. Briem.


Joe Lowry said...

Well said but it also raises the question about why people have to look for jobs 60 miles from their homes. Wouldn't it be more reasonable to think that it shouldn't be necessary in the first place for a resident of Youngstown to work in Pittsburgh when s/he could/should/would work in Youngstown? That was my first thought after reading that. (from someone who travels 90 minutes each way to work everyday and would rather not.)

Anonymous said...

Definitely interesting to think about an economic development model for Youngstown/Warren that focuses on regional services that have economies of scale better suited to the "Cleveburgh" scale rather than either MSA individually.

ArroyoLover said...

Another example of how people live and work along Watershed Boundaries (Cuyahoga River and Mahoning River-Shenango Rivers)rather than geopolitical ones. It would be nice if regional planning started to work within these natural parameters rather than artificially created ones.