Christopher Briem


OPEDs and Public Commentary


What Donald Trump Gets Wrong About Pittsburgh, Politico, June 3, 2017

Book Review:  'The New Urban Crisis' Richard Florida updates his influential thesis, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 9, 2017

Parsing the New Pittsburgh narrative, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 1, 2015.

Quantifying Pittsburgh's Evolution (interview/profile),  Pittsburgh Business Times, July 4, 2014.

The Map is Back, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 6, 2013.

Go Mobile, in One big idea for Pittsburgh's next mayor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 19, 2013.

For Pittsburgh a future not reliant on steel was unthinkable, and unavoidable, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 23, 2012.

Stealing From Pennsylvania's Future, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 18, 2012.

Two Presidents, One Message; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,  June 30, 2011.

Gerontocracy, Pittsburgh City Paper, June 9, 2011.

WELCOME TO CLEVEBURGH! ,Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 2, 2011, March 29, 2011.  reprinted in Cleveland Plain Dealer, January 22, 2011,

What Did Pittsburgh Learn from the G-20? Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 26, 2010.

Book review of The Lost Cyclist, by David Herlihy, Pittsburgh City Paper, August 10, 2010

Remaking the Political Map, Pittsburgh City Paper, February 10, 2010.

Southwestern Pennsylvania Meet your governments (editorial and graphic) Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 10, 2010.

Decline and Rise, in Datapoints: The Dismal Scientist Blog,, September 24, 2009.

The G20 is coming to Pittsburgh? Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 31, 2009.

The USS Pittsburgh vs. Typhoon Viper, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 8, 2008.

Pittsburgh’s Giant Gender Gap, with Sabina Deitrick. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 27, 2008.

Pittsburgh 250: Defined by Our Past, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 20, 2008.

Interview, Pittsburgh City Paper, August 23, 2007.

They Come, They Go: Migration and Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 12, 2007.

Cupcake Econometrics 101, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 1, 2007.

Taxing Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 18, 2007.

Why Regionalism is So Difficult, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 9, 2006.

The End (or the beginning) of tax competition as we know it, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. January 17, 2006.

Candidates, be careful what you wish for, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 30, 2005.

Energy-burgh, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. August 23, 2005.

When Pittsburgh took on the world, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 14, 2005.

The city’s stealth crisis, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 29, 2005.

Fade to black / Ill-fated QUBE TV had city on cutting edge in '80s. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. August 29, 2004.

Book Review of Root Shock: The Demolition of America's Urban Neighborhoods. By Mindy Fullilove. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Sunday, June 27, 2004.

Optimistic Contrarian (Profile), by Clarke Thomas, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette June 2, 2004.

Century Old Dispute, Pittsburgh Business Times. April 19. 2004.

Is Downtown Dead? Hardly, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. February 1, 2004.

Productivity Dilemma, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. December 23, 2003.

Bankruptcy Should Not Be Seen as Answer to City's Woes, Pittsburgh Business Times. June 23, 2003.

It Was 20 Years Ago Today, Pittsburgh Post Gazette. February , 2003

Bankruptcy for Pittsburgh Must Be Avoided, Pittsburgh Tribune Review. November 22, 2002.

A 21st Century Draft Will Not Work, U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, September 2002.

Goodbye, St. Francis, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 24, 2002.

Young People Are Not Leaving Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 5, 2002.

Groundhog Day in the Assessors Office, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, January 27, 2002.

Pittsburgh Can Carry On, Pittsburgh Post Gazette October 13, 2001.

Is ‘Young Voter’ an Oxymoron, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 22, 2001.

The Truth About Immigration, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, April 7, 2001.

Interview, OnQ, WQED

The bust could be Pittsburgh’s Boom, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, December 31, 2000.

The Soldiers Next Door, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, January 27, 2001

Beyond Border Guard Bob, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, June 25, 2000

We're Getting Younger Every Year, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, January 2, 2000

They Also Serve Who Only Sort And Drive, Washington Post, December 17, 1990.

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