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My hometown; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Posted on: February 24, 2010 10:51 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2010 12:00 am

 I have been reading derogatory comments about Pittsburgh off and on since I have been on this site and have come to realize that people here know very little about my town. For the record I have enjoyed most cities in this great nation of ours and I really feel that the mid to large cities on this country are America and to hate them is to hate this nation. The facts are people judge these places and haven’t even been to most of them or if they have it wasn't very long at all. That being said I do believe Pittsburgh is a stand out, so if you care, here is what it special about my hometown.

Colleges and Universities:
 There are 8 colleges and Universities inside the city limits of
Pittsburgh (and another 2 dozen within an hours drive). Included in Pittsburgh's Universities are two of the top academic schools in the nation in Duquesne and Carnegie Mellon, and one of the top 10 medical schools in the nation at the University of Pittsburgh.

Hospitals and Medicine :
 The UPMC Hospital system was ranked 13th in the nation last year as a hospital and 5th as a hospital system, it's Children's Hospital is also one of the best in the nation and ranked in the top 20 in almost every specialty category. UPMC Presbyterian was one of the first to do organ transplants and has remained a world leader in the field to this day.

Pittsburgh has another hospital system as well, known as West Penn-Allegheny and in 2006 they became the first hospital in Western Pennsylvania to receive prestigious Magnet recognition status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Magnet status recognizes excellence in nursing and quality patient care and has been achieved by only 4 percent of all healthcare facilities in the U.S.  In 2009, Allegheny General ranked among the top 10 percent of U.S. medical centers for the treatment of stroke, according to HealthGrades, a leading independent healthcare ratings organization. The hospital has also been designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and was named a Stroke Center of Excellence by NeuStrategy, a Chicago-based healthcare think tank. More than 1,000 stroke patients are admitted to AGH annually.

Pittsburgh Renaissance :
 In the late 1970's it started to become apparent that the steel mills weren't going to be there forever, this became most evident when local mills laid off an estimated 153,000 people in 1981 and 1982. The collapse of the US Steel industry during the 80's left around 400,000 people with out jobs between the mills and the companies who lived off the mills. But
Pittsburgh survived by doing something that has very rarely been pulled off, they transformed the base of the economy and job market into medicine, higher education, advanced technology and the service industry and it worked very well. Many people will tell you that there has been a terrible decline in population in the past few decades and while this is partly true the county and "tri state area" populations have actually stayed about the same and seen some small growth since the 90's. This transformation was said to be the reason the city was picked to host the G20 Summit in 2009.

"Culture" (Museums, music, theatre etc.) :
Pittsburgh is home to dozens of museums the most notably being The Andy Warhol Museum, The Carnegie Museum of Art and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, all three of which are world renowned. The Pittsburgh Carnegie Science center is host to an OmniMax theatre and one of the world's best planetariums.

Pittsburgh's Orchestra Company and Symphony Orchestra are two world class companies and PSO travels the world playing in dozens of different countries.

Pittsburgh is host to about twenty play houses and theatres all of which have national talent playing on a pretty regular basis and plenty of local talent on a daily basis.

You want to eat and drink? Pittsburgh has four large bar/restaurant districts (Southside, Strip District, North Shore and Oakland) ruled primarily by college age people, dozens of small neighborhood strips of them in places like Shadyside and Squirrel Hill and of course there is the 9 corporate stamped mall/shopping centers in the area as well. In the last ten years though great micro brew and wine lists have shown up all over the city and (probably a result of the 5 culinary programs in the city) the food has gotten much better in that time period as well.

Background, surroundings:
 It's just a cool looking place, great sky line, lots of bridges, the three rivers meeting close to the center of the city. There is about as much green as you will ever see in an urban environment, lots of undisturbed tree covered rolling hills and plenty of parks all over the city. The inclines, the trolleys driving on the streets, the occasion glimpse of an old cobblestone road, its a unique place.

I don't think this city or any place like it is insignificant, they have made their contribution to this nation all throughout history and continue to do so today. And you can find pretty much whatever you’re looking for in
Pittsburgh, unless it's a beach.

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Since: Apr 17, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2010 9:52 am

My hometown; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The article is a good read, but you could really use a spelling and grammar checker. Tongue out

You also forgot to mention Pittsburgh's most vital asset - its people.  Everyone is friendly and welcoming, and the whole region just has this working-class, down-to-earth feeling that you can't find anywhere else in the country.  Everybody you run into in your everyday travels, from grocery clerks to waitresses to gas station attendants - the kinds of jobs that you *expect* people to be unhappy, nonchalant, and pissy about - in Pittsburgh, they're ALL nice and helpful.

There is no such thing as a snobby Pittsburgher.  There's also no such thing as an ex-Pittsburgher.  Pittsbu
rghers that move away always consider themselves Pittsburghers first, even if they happen to live in Florida or New Jersey or California.  And Pittsburghers that make it big elsewhere in the country always come back to give back to the Pittburgh area, which is why you see so many movies, television shows, and major events taking place in Pittsburgh.

I like the idea of giving everyone a bit more to think about, when it comes to the cities that our favorite teams call home.  Places like Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit, and New Jersey get a really bad rap.  Currently living in New Jersey, I know that there's certainly an element of truth to some of the "bad press", but there's also a great deal to love here that most of America doesn't even know about.  And I'm sure the other places that are regularly derided on these message boards most likely have a lot of good things going for them as well.  Let's hear from everybody else out there that feels their hometown gets unfairly slammed around here!  What makes your town great?

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2010 8:36 pm

My hometown; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Goldpanther I would never call Primantti Brothers a great restaurant. But downtown there are plenty of great ones like Sonoma Grille, 11, Alchemy, thats if you like fine dining. Want the best sandwich in the city try Fathead's in the South Side, want great pizza check out Aiello's, Fiore's, Beto's, Vinny's or Pizza Sola, good chinese? LuLu's in Oakland is the best I have had. I could go on and on about the restaurants. There are too many corprate joints but that is an issue all across the country.

 Thank you other guys for the great comments, I am glad most of you liked it. It got sparked by a thread on the NFL board called what town could disappear iof they lost their sports team and no one would notice. Not surprisingly started by a Bostonian which I have to say is the most over rated town I have been too, and I am even a big enough dork to enjoy all the historical sites and still didn't love the town. Thats not to say I hated it, I have enjoyed most cities I have been too, some just more than others.

 Moo the new building for the Pens is coming along, we'll see how it turns out. Here is a live cam on it so you can view the progress lol.

Since: Feb 24, 2010
Posted on: February 25, 2010 7:51 pm

My hometown; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Since: Mar 5, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2010 4:47 pm

My hometown; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Who gives a rats a**. sweet why dont you go marry it??

ps. you forgot to talk about the fat chicks your city has

Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2010 3:42 pm

My hometown; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

I moved back into my home town area (north of Pittsburgh) about five years ago. It's in the blood. There is no other place like in the world. The greatest place on earth and I'll never make the mistake of leaving again. I lived in eight other states for almost twenty years and always felt misplaced; even when I had a great job and family. It's a place that many who have never left can take for granted. I never will again.  I visit Pittsburgh often, my spouse works there and the whole area is beautiful.

Great read, and thanks for reminding us all!

Since: Jan 12, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2010 3:35 pm

My hometown; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

If you like it good for you. Not everyone does. I have been back in PGH and wouldn't stay if you paid me. My wife who is born and raised in PGH says the same thing. I know others who miss it and that's cool.

It just becomes annoying to listen to some people from Pittsburgh talk about it like it's heaven on Earth and better than any other city. You can like it all you like but you will never sell me on it.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2010 2:44 pm

My hometown; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The greatest city in the world.  Can't wait to move back there full it is I visit my family there several times a year and love every minute of it.  Anyone who says anything negative about Pittsburgh has never been there or is bitter over a sports loss of some kind or another.

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: February 25, 2010 2:26 pm

My hometown; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh is a great city and does not need defended from idiots who never have been there. Regarding having everything is a slight overstatement...the restaurants are not great considering the size of the town. And don't attempt to tell me Pamaretta Brothers is a good restaurant.

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2010 6:10 am

My hometown; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Good read GoSteelers.  There seems to be a group of people on Sportsline who revel in knocking down cities without ever spending any time there.  I work with someone who still has lots of family in Pittsburgh and he's always telling us it's not a bad place at all.  Find myself defending KC sometimes as well.  It's too bad you had to take the time to defend your hometown from detractors.  I've been told it isn't anything like it was 30 years ago when they had all the industrial closures happing.  Cities grow and reinvent themselves and Pittsburgh has done that.

One question, how's the new arena for the Penguins coming along?  I was happy for you all that they stayed.  Would have loved to see them come here to the new Sprint Center in KC, but it just wouldn't have been right to get a team that way.

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