Null Space, Chris Briem’s blog with lots of interesting info – often about Pittsburgh, links to this blog post from Otherstream – a blog from a North Carolina resident who has just purchased a 2nd home here in Pittsburgh – mostly just because he loves Pittsburgh. I wanted to share an excerpt of his post Why Pittsburgh…
So now on to the bigger and more interesting question of why I would consider a place like Pittsburgh, and how I could assume I might like it better there than, say, San Francisco, given all the relief I felt upon living that particular urban area. It’s a valid question, and it’s one that even my husband asked me at one point.
Pittsburgh gives me that “urban” that I crave. I fell in love with the city on my first visit in 1997, and I love it a little more each time I visit. Unlike most sunbelt “boom towns”, the texture is decidedly urban, with a diversity of building types, people, and incomes. Unlike San Francisco and other “sophisticated urban areas” , the mood is neither expensive nor pretentious. And unlike such rust belt icons as Cleveland and Detroit, there’s an actual economy; in fact, Pittsburgh has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.
Otherstream has some more great posts about Pittsburgh. The author also writes a blog about old grocery stores, Groceteria.com, which is very well put together website with tons of interesting information. There are even some pictures of some Pittsburgh grocery stores on the site – SureSave in Bloomfield, Swartz’s on Carson Street, and Breakers in Dormont.
Congratulations on your new Pittsburgh home!
Some related blog posts.
- Detroit Tries to Get on a Road to Renewal (time.com)
- Fewer Americans Moving To Sun Belt (cbsnews.com)
A non-native co-blogger agrees: http://www.sitkot.com/2009/04/big-city-nights.htm…
@Roberto – great post! What was the best part of the evening. I agree – sometimes it is great to have marathon evenings and it is pretty easy to hit up multiple events in Pittsburgh 🙂