Towns, Gowns, and Taxes

Higher education helped save Pittsburgh, so why are the two sides still fighting?

John Beale for The Chronicle

In Pittsburgh, about a third of all property value is nontaxable. The campuses of Carnegie Mellon U. and the U. of Pittsburgh dominate the Oakland neighborhood.
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When Pittsburgh played host to a summit of the world's 20 largest economies last fall, local politicians proclaimed it "Transformation City," trumpeting its evolution from sooty steel town to booming high-tech hub.

Unemployment in the region, they...

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