air quality and disease clusters in pittsburgh
December 13, 2010, 6:19 pm
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Interesting series in the post-gazette about neighborhood disease clusters–areas of the region where diseases like lung cancer, heart disease and respiratory disease seem to be higher than expected.

mapping mortality post gazette

They created a cool map that shows where the big polluters are located. The city itself seems to have higher than expected numbers for all the categories, and the river valleys are particularly bad (due to location of power plants, but also wind current things involved too I think). I remember how dirty the sills would get in Lawrenceville, and the amount of gunky coal dust that came out when I was replastering a bedroom. You really do have to clean things ALL the time. And the layer of sooty stuff just comes right back. Gross. You can’t really imagine what it was like when the city was steel town.

Based on this map, it’s a good thing we didn’t stay in the city. Our particular neighborhood shows up BELOW national averages on everything. Is that because our area has more higher income folks living in it? Or what?


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