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Pittsburgh’s population has held steady, but some suburbs are in decline

Downtown Pittsburgh viewed from Uptown.
Katie Blackley
90.5 WESA

On today’s episode of The Confluence:

New data released from the U.S. Census reports that Pittsburgh’s population has held steady at about 303,000 people, but a number of suburbs have experienced decline. Chris Briem is a regional economist at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Social and Urban Research, and he explains some of the trends around these population shifts. (0:00 - 7:48)

Rivers of Steel is offering new tours that explore the contributions of many Black workers at the Carrie Furnaces. Kirsten Paine, site management coordinator and interpretive specialist at Rivers of Steel, explains how The Black Experience at the Carrie Furnaces tour examines change in safety and roles at the site, driven by Black workers. (7:54 - 15:50)

Tree Pittsburgh has bought a property in Lawrenceville that it has been leasing from the Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority since 2015. Tree Pittsburgh executive director Danielle Crumrine tells us how the site, formerly housing Tippins’ Steel Mill, is now home to the organization’s heritage nursery and education center. (15:55 - 22:30)

The Confluence, where the news comes together, is 90.5 WESA’s daily news program. Tune in Monday to Friday at 9 a.m. to hear newsmakers and innovators take an in-depth look at stories important to the Pittsburgh region. Find more episodes of The Confluence here for wherever you get your podcasts. 

Addison is a Junior at Point Park University, majoring in Broadcast Reporting. She is the News Director for Point Park's campus station, U-View Television and reports on the show Daybreak. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her cat, Soup.
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