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'Why Adelaide should be more like Pittsburgh - a phoenix city that has reinvented itself'

The Herald Sun recently deemed Pittsburgh a ‘phoenix city’ that rose from the ashes of economic decline. According to the article, a city called Adelaide in Australia should follow Pittsburgh’s lead to reinvent itself. 

In the 1980’s, Pittsburgh faced unemployment and corporate takeovers after the collapse of the steel industry, but three decades later has forged on to become one of the most livable cities in the United States with success in healthcare, technology and education. 

Adelaide is facing similar strife with the closing of its major manufacturing company, Holden. The closure is expected to eliminate 24,000 local jobs. However, Adelaide leadership plans to utilize lessons learned from Pittsburgh to survive the decline. The focus will be on diversifying into new industries and urban renewal. 

“We had to imagine a different kind of city than we had been for 100 years,” says former three term Pittsburgh mayor, Tom Murphy.
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