Ironically the Marcellus Shale fracking \”gold rush\” centered around Pittsburgh these past few years, largely spurring its regional economic revival, may have also jeopardized its water security. Pittsburgh and a number of Rust Belt cities situated on shale formations (e.g. Youngstown, Akron, Canton) may find much to their dismay that such a future in relative water security has been traded away for a few hope-filled years riding on rampant oil and gas speculation and investment, resulting in the eventual bitter–and thirsty–legacy of fracking they will reap when they need their water supplies most.Also for what it's worth, I think Cleveland really isn't far off from the Pittsburgh model. It is home to Case Western Reserve University, as well as the Cleveland Clinic and it's lesser-known but still formidable rival University Hospitals, all of which are themselves strong magnets for national and international talent. So somewhat of a balanced \”meds and eds\” mix overall with a stronger emphasis on medicine and medical research, as opposed to a somewhat broader range of academics and school options. And like Pittsburgh, Cleveland is experiencing its own urban renaissance with in-migration boosting its CBD population and that of several key surrounding neighborhoods.Where Cleveland seems to truly lag Pittsburgh is in the lack of a strong public research university option comparable to Pitt, with a global reach. Cleveland State is still relatively young as a university and is more focused on the city itself, as opposed to reaching out to the world. The closet approximation to Pitt there is probably Kent State, on the periphery of the metro and much closer to Akron, rather than situated in central Cleveland. Kent lags way behind in research, though their new president has set out to change that.In any case, I think it will be moving into the \”Gain\” category in a few years time.

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