Pittsburgh and Philadelphia

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Pittsburgh and Philadelphia The contrast between a strong and weak growth coalition
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The action starts at the state level March, 1999: State of PA commits $320 million to build 4 new stadiums (2 in Philly, 2 in Pittsburgh) Most of the pressure was coming from Pittsburgh (the growth coalition, including business leaders and city politicians) Pittsburgh worried it would lose the Pirates if it did not provide them with a new stadium
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Pittsburgh very quickly moved ahead and had two new stadiums in about two years from this vote Philadelphia was much slower and eventually had stadiums in 2003 and 2004. What explains the quick process in Pittsburgh and the slower process in Philadelphia?
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We argue: Pittsburgh’s strong growth coalition and its ability to frame the stadiums (eventually) around the idea of community self esteem and community collective conscience Philadelphia’s weak local growth coalition that forced the mayor into the lead role
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In November 1997, voters in the 11 county area surrounding Pittsburgh VOTED DOWN a measure to raise the regional sales tax from 6.0% to 6.5% to allow for the building of two new stadiums. Every county voted NO
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