America's comeback cities

After losing population in 2005, each of these 10 communities notched population gains in 2010, or at least lost fewer people.

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May 4, 2012 10:52AM
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So what you're telling us under the Geno's Steaks slide is that Philly is a comeback city because the net  population loss has slowed. However, the city lost at least one more industry, Whitman Chocolates; the property now has a Plaza named in memory of said business. Services continue to be cut, including police and fire; there are public school closings proposed,  alongside those of the Diocese.  Kraft, Tastykake and the Shipyards are the only major manufacturing going on; the refineries are still looking for buyers. The information and service sector finds the suburbs more appealing due to city taxes, as far as I'm aware. The biggest expansion of tax revenue in the city is casinos. Not sure they qualify as a service. Correct me if I'm wrong on any of this, but I'm not sure I see much of a turnaround here, if anything.
May 3, 2012 11:20PM
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ilived in new orleans for 2plus years  what they dont tell you is the city is a vertual war zone the media paints a pretty picture i was there  i know .i would nt raise a family there

 

May 4, 2012 1:31PM
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Interesting article and could be useful tor someone looking for a job, IF the data was current. Data from 2005 compared to 2010 is obsolete. This is May 2012. The article needs to include the 2011 data AND have trend line charts for the data to show what direction each city is headed in to project the future. Also needed is WHY the trends are moving in the direction that they show on the charts.

As presented, nice fluff piece but not useful. Sad

May 4, 2012 10:30AM
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Interesting, less of a loss is a comeback, only on a uber liberal news source is a loss still a gain. Hard to believe this is the best you can do.
May 4, 2012 9:32AM
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Everybody is on here bashing New Orleans. You know what, this entire country is filled with hate, haters, crime, and corruption. So the majority of you need to shut the hell up. There is no one safe place where crime and criminals don't exist. You city is just as bad as theirs. Don't get me wrong, New Orleans does have a problem with crime, but so does Houston, Miami, New York, Boston, Atlanta, Vegas, and "your" city. So don't be fooled by articles or statistics that you think you know.

Go do your research and find the same things are happened in your city. There are just as many shooting, rapes, carjackings, and overdosing going on in your town as there are in New Olreans. It's just that the dealers and criminals may not be black, white, or asian guys wearing white t-shirts, they're sneaky white and yellow faces wearing suits and ties and a mask so that you don't suspect them. Instead of pointing fingers at each others towns, look in your own backyards first. It's not exactly where it was before Katrina but New Orleans is still a great place. There's just a greater divide now-a-days between the have and the have-nots. Peace & Love to you all, even if your comments are idiotic.    

May 4, 2012 10:24AM
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I lived out side of Pittsburgh most of my life.  My Wife and I miss it. You Had College Sports and Professional Sports, you had the Beautiful City, One of the Biggest Zoo's in the Country. You have Art, Music, All the different eating Places that you can think of. Go up the Mountain Tram and visit Mt. Washington that over Looks the City with all the eating Places, Just bring some Money.

Winter Time you were close to the Mountains for Sking and FUN.

May 4, 2012 2:04PM
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I noticed NONE of these cities are on the West Coast. We are hurting more than anywhere in the country. No growth, No jobs, Thousands of people in Foreclosure and in debt. So don't think I am impressed by this article at all. It was a "PUFF" piece. At least you have a job to write this kind of nonsense.
May 4, 2012 7:07AM
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Great ton see Pittsburgh and Philly on the comeback-2 great cities-especially Pittsburgh a real jewel of affordable and good living with great people.

But will Buffalo NY EVER COME BACK?

I think that is one city that has such great potential and you can really live cheap up there.

I would love to see Buffalo and Cleveland on the comeback list in a few years!

May 4, 2012 12:16PM
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its a parish not a county in louisiana. get it right msn

May 4, 2012 2:32AM
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It is an election year and this is the Obummer MSNBC site so I guess we are going to hear about how the economy is turning around from now until the election.  MSNBC you are so pro Obummer.  Can't trust MSNBC to give the new unbias.
May 4, 2012 7:40AM
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The author is a left wing nut job. He does not come out and say that El Paso's growth is due to an INCREASE in illegal Aliens settlling there. That would lead to embarrassing questions like " Who's in charge?"
May 4, 2012 12:42PM
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You'll find Pittsburgh on every list of great cities (besides clean air, but hey a brother's gotta work right?).  I'm not so sure of the accuracy here though.  A lot of Pittsburgh's 'population loss' over the years was really the result of folks moving just outside the city limits to avoid the high city taxes.  Pittsburgh has a relatively small area comprising its city limits.  I'd like to see the statistics of "the greater -insert city here' area" population gains/losses.  I feel like this would give a more accurate picture of population migration.  Anyway, go Pittsburgh! (p.s. take Philadelphia off this list)
May 4, 2012 11:25AM
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Has the IRS revealed how many ex-pats have left the country because of the deteriorating economy and inflation. Where are the  coverage of America's currently failing cities and disappearing towns where unemployment and foreclosures have ravaged these areas.

 

The IRS seems to be painting a rosy picture for political purposes and their boss  to make up for the boondoggles of the Secret Service and GSA.

 

How about balancing the good and bad with a fair representation.

May 4, 2012 8:39AM
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Im sorry im black through & through, from New Orleans and back in the day New Orleans was a great place to live in the 90s. i grew up there always something to do, it was a fun city in the 90s growing up. Crime wasnt as bad as it is now there. But i gots to say, speaking for blacks we are really ignorant selfish hating folks. We kill each other over STUPID PETTY THINGS! This is true, we would shoot each other in a second once someone piss us off. Black ppl really hate other Black ppl and its sickening to me. We would never come together as a race  cause we too busy fighting and killing ourselves. Only time we come together is once a national tradegy happens(ala Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman story). Once that blows over...BAM right back at it. Grow up ppl. Fight your real enemy, your oppressors whomever that may be...IM OUT!
May 4, 2012 12:18PM
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maybe I'm missing something? most of the cities represented here are celebrating cutting down the mass exit from their city and tax base. Not gaining people? Look at us, we still have 6,000+ leaving but hey it's not 13,000. When will people wake up to the nonsense around us?
May 4, 2012 10:09AM
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Don't move to San Diego. It's terrible here. You wouldn't like living here. That weather thing is overrated.
May 4, 2012 5:36PM
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LOL, this is the apologist article of the month.
May 4, 2012 4:19PM
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This story reminds me of "Young Frankenstein".

 

"Things could be worse, it could be raining."

 

What kind of water do you need to drink to describe ongoing losses as rebounds.

May 4, 2012 10:13PM
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WARNING WARNING ! RE: PITTSBURGH. the people are the best, however: its the most polluted city outside of cali YET there is no industry left to pollute it! the city is BANKRUPT! (llllllllong before the recession/see ACT 47) the population is stagnant. it has turned from an industrial city to america's largest nursing home! thus why UPMC is the largest employer. young people STILL leave the city/allegheny county after college graduation. the infrastructure is ABYSMAL! for the 2nd time since since 2005, the city/county has BOTCHED the home assessment process. for the 2nd time in 6 years, PAT transit is BANKRUPT even after the city passed a 10% drink tax. and finally: the property taxes are OUTRAGEOUS! its hard to buy a home in pittsburgh and make any money let alone break even when you sell it. do some research before you consider pitssburgh!
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