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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: Oct 29, 2008
Posted on: August 21, 2010 2:43 pm

My hometown; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

I think a lot of the country is still stuck in their perception of Pittsburgh as the "Smoky City". For years the Burgh was mainly known for it's steel industry and rightfully so! When I was in the seventh grade I remember reading, with some pride I might add, that during WW2 the Pittsburgh region produced more steel than the rest of the world COMBINED! That would be the combined output of the Axis Powers AND our allies!

Whew, no wonder the air was so polluted.

G o   S t e e l e r s  ! ! !

Since: Feb 28, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2010 6:29 am

My hometown; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

I personally smile a little when I hear the anti-Pittsburgh, and all of western, PA for that matter, talk. Part of it being such a great place to live is that we're not yet overpopulated. It's o-k to keep this great secret to ourselves.
One caveat I'd like to add - the proximity to Lake Erie is tremendous. Less than 2 hours away is a beautiful fresh water lake and miles and miles of concord grape vineyards (the very vineyards that Welch's spokesman Alton Brown has been making his last few commercials), and it's truly a great getaway without going that far away.

Since: Jan 30, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2010 11:31 pm

My hometown; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

I am not from, but do currently live in the burg.  Great place to be in this day and age. Still has good values.  Born in Atlanta, grew up in Philly and NJ as well have lived a few years in Portland OR and San Fran CA.  I really think most people that talk bad about a city likely never left their home town.  All of these places have had there pluses and negatives.  No where has had as many positives and PGH.  People, housing, schools, arts, sports.   Its great for everyday life.  Other cities have there moments, but PGH is the best I have lived overall.  Just because the city limits have a small # of people the sprawl in hugh, and supports a good economy.  Not sure about Toledo, last I say PGH bought Ohio's biggest bank, PNC/National city.  Also Forbes magazine just name PGH best housing market in country.  Sorry Vegas/ Florida.   
You can live a high life for cheap here.  I have friends everywhere, they live in smaller houses, see less sports, have fewer close friends, and forget about the dining and arts/live music.  They may have one of these, but not all.   The people are generally not very heathy in PGH, like Philly, but there are very active people.  Every city has its band wagon jumpers, pgh too, but sports teams are loved here, and generally supported just more so when they succeed, much like every other team.  I remember the Cowboys, Celtics, Red wings all having there issues, insert any team here other than Packers and Steelers. Didn't Detroit have trouble selling out the Stanley Cup last year? That wouldn't happen in PGH, the people are never not interested, just more interested when the team wins.  I remember growing up in Jersey in the 80's and getting box seats at an empty Yankee stadium the day of the game.  That was with Mattingly, Winfield, and a pile of others were on the team.  Where were all the stars back than?  
 Just side note think I would Love Denver, any opinions?     

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2010 9:41 pm

My hometown; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

ah yes that toddlin' town where the rivers meet..........................

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2010 12:03 am

My hometown; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Thanks intagator8. You are definitely right that alot of it is Steelers jealousy, which is funny. It doesn't get me down, I just like to drop some knowledge about the place every now and again and now that I have it in a blog I can just drop a link instead of leaving a twenty minute comment!

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2010 11:55 pm

My hometown; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Matteo, all I can say is if your judging cities by their hockey attendance in years the team sucks, then Pittsburgh will never pass your standard. I do admit it, only the Steelers can suck and still get a good crowd in this town. What can I say? We are clearly a football town first and everything else comes later. I consider myself a hockey fan, not a die-hard by any means and I never attend games. I will watch 20 or 30 Pens games a year on TV, buy a few tee shirts here and there. If that makes me a bandwagon fan or less of a fan I can live with that. My thoughts on Pittsburgh have nothing to do with the sports teams, if anything we are a little too involved when it comes to the Steelers, their play definitely has big positive and negative effects on the city, more than it should.

Pittsburgh and Toledo have very similar populations but what really counts when talking about being able to support a team is the county or metropiltan are size and this area still has much more than double the population that surrounds Toledo. Pittsburgh only has like 330,000 inside the city limits but there are another 900,000 within a 35 minute drive of downtown.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2010 11:46 pm

My hometown; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

 Blimpboy, thanks for the comment and I apologize for the 7 spelling errors and one grammatical error. I guess I should have pasted and copied in Word before I posted (Most of them were typos I promise).

 I did almost start to talk of the people but I figured I would let it be about facts and not opinion. Then I would have heard even more about how we are all fat and stupid with poor English.

 New Jersey and Detroit sure do get some bad press, I have not been to either so I can't add much to it, but I am sure there are plenty of good things about both.

Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2010 8:20 pm

My hometown; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

If you have never been to the 'burgh please refrain from commenting on it.  I reside about 6 hours out of  the 'burgh.  I have hated the Steelers since I've been able to talk.  I was born and raised a Cowboys fan.  When one of my co-workers suggested we take a trip to see the Pirates play a 3 game set I thought he was out of his mind.  Why would a bunch of Yankees fans want to go see the Pirates?  Needless to say We've been back every year since.  Paying $26 to sit 5 rows from homeplate is nice.  Doing it on Skyblast night is absolutely freeking priceless.  We drive in on Fri night park the car at the Omni Wm Penn and don't get back in it til after Sunday's game.  Seriously if you enjoy the game of baseball, go to PNC for the full experience go on Skyblast night WOW!!! 

Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2010 4:47 pm

My hometown; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Go Steelers86....... Ive got to tell you its all about the Steelers its the Steelers they hate. They could care less about your town. When you win six Superbowls and I think three Stanley Cups and lets not forget about 1979 Steelers/Pirates City of champions People get jelous. You see some people are very jelous of success. I was born in PGH, Allegheny General Hospital to be exact. Lived on the North side untill 1970 moved to Penn Hills, lived there untill 1979, My Father was a steelworker and one whos job was coming to an end. We moved to Florida in 1979 the only reason Im giving you my life story here is because when we moved to Florida everyone was a Miami Dolphin fan (of course except me and my family GO Steelers) and they all hated the Steelers, and as a young kid I couldn't understand why. Then they all would say we are tired of seeing them win all of the time. Well we moved to the Daytona Beach Area and Nascar was big and still is in this area and Dale Earnhardt was the new winning guy on the track after a lot of wins he became HATED. The Florida Gators were not even able to pull off a winning season back then. Then the Gators started to become a formidable team in the mid 90's Well now you see how many people hate the Gators because of their success. So all I can say to you is keep your head up and dont let the haters get to you. It used to bother me too. Remember their jelous of what you have, they envy you, but will never tell you that. Its easier for them to bash all the people, towns and teams they wish they had. So I say let them bash away, because you and I know different. They just want to be like us!!!!   GO STEELERS, GO PIRATES, GO GATORS  

P.S. If you ever feel you need a beach your always welcome at ours  

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2010 12:30 pm

My hometown; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

All that good stuff about Pitts - and it's still barely bigger than Toledo, OH.
300,000 people?  No wonder you can't support 3 Major sports.

Worst fairweather Hockey fans in history...  Where were you before Cindy Crosby?????
11,000 fans a game - pathetic.  Oh well, at least I got to see a few that year.

NHL Attendance Report - 2004

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gt; </form>2004 AttendanceHomeRoadOverallRKTEAMGMSGMS GMS141842,76720,555--4117,482--8219,018--241822,70620,066--4117,916--8218,991--341794,43919,376--4116,919--8218,148--441794,38819,375--4116,416--8217,896--541763,83018,630--4116,843--8217,736--641760,97618,560--4116,488--8217,524--741759,73618,530--4116,205--8217,367--841752,55618,355--4116,446--8217,400--941741,30218,080--4117,011--8217,546--1041738,28718,007--4117,618--8217,812--1141733,46417,889--4116,218--8217,053--1241730,63417,820--4115,983--8216,901--1341728,10117,758--4115,771--8216,764--1441724,78017,677--4116,652--8217,164--1541712,14517,369--4116,065--8216,717--1641679,76716,579--4116,863--8216,721--1741653,38015,936--4115,733--8215,834--1841649,26115,835--4116,182--8216,008--1941634,15215,467--4115,799--8215,633--2041626,90315,290--4116,254--8215,772--2141620,46915,133--4116,594--8215,863--2241619,96515,121--4116,135--8215,628--2341617,44915,059--4116,751--8215,905--2441614,47614,987--4116,663--8215,825--2541603,52814,720--4116,319--8215,519--2641561,41913,693--4116,578--8215,135--2741543,37413,253--4117,012--8215,132--2841539,45013,157--4116,762--8214,959--2941505,53412,330--4116,144--8214,237--3041486,96111,877--4116,656--8214,266--her hockey fans in history.  What a joke...

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