What gets people to come here and stay?

Well, the polls on election day are just 2 hours from closing but the stories keep coming in.

  • Danielle writes about Pittsburgh and finding a job and starting a family on her blog One Damn Thing
  • Anthony writes about making Pittsburgh his new hometown on his blog ChachiSays
  • Cynthia writes about moving back to Butler, PA to figure out a new plan and realizing that this is where she wants to be on her blog MyBrilliantMistake.

Direct from Our Newest Pittsburgher

Liz Rincon, the new Executive Director for the Pennsylvania League of Young Voters, has lived in Pittsburgh for all of a few weeks. She was kind enough to give us her perspective for the project:

Working as a professional campaigner has taken me to all parts of this country. I have worked in large cities, such as Chicago, all the way to rural Iowa. Quite frankly, I have learned something from all the places I lived, worked and traveled. However, I must say that moving to Pittsburgh, PA has been one of the more interesting locations I have had the privilege of work in.

As an outsider, the most I had heard about Pittsburgh, was one of two things, football and steel. While football seems to be more alive now than ever before, steel has unfortunately left, taking with it the people of this city. I find it interesting that such a history with this industrious town still remains in every corner you look.

I have fallen in love with the history, (while some of it is dark) and the sprit, the people and the new culture of art and education. It is a city that needs to be recognized as one of the most important cities in American history. Unfortunately, I feel that it is sorely underscored by the larger cities to the East.

I am lucky to be here and hope to become more and more a “Pittsburgher” everyday. This city has so much to offer and in my travels, I am a huge advocate. The message of Pittsburgh is clear, we have a past, but we still have a mighty future.

Being Gay in Pittsburgh

Sue gave us a tremendous overview of many of the facets of Pittsburgh’s LGBTQ community over at Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents.  Sue starts off with a piece of, what she calls, “a long time in gay history:”

The City of Pittsburgh has codified our civil rights and civil protections.  It is illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender presentation in the areas of employment, housing or public accommodation.

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I Prefer Pittsburgh

The bloggers at AskCherlock.com stopped by and left a comment on the about page directing us to this post.  It is a great story of living in California but deciding to move back to Pittsburgh for the community that exists here.

Now here I am, many years later, recovering from SAD and still shivering in April. I can tell you, though, there is no place I would rather live. I look at our three-generation neighborhoods, houses built one hundred years ago on steep hillsides, and enjoy the excitement of a small city gaining a cosmopolitan feel through the arts and a re-staging of metropolitan Pittsburgh. We also have chipped ham, Mancini’s bread, Primanti Brothers sandwiches and people who dance happily to the polka. Best of all, there are friends who remember you when you were young and thin but like you anyway. And…let’s not forget those Steelers!

The View from Mt. Washington

The view of the primary from Mt. Washington is taken on by Mountain Girl at 15211.org, and she starts by talking about the view itself…

The view of Pittsburgh’s skyline and three rivers from Grandview Avenue has become one of the most recognizable visual symbols of our city. In fact, it’s been the backdrop for a lot of the national news coverage leading up to the Pennsylvania primaries on Tuesday.

The view is spectacular but it represents Mt. Washington less and less for me the longer I live here. There is so much more that a lot of people don’t see.

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Pittsburgh as Place

Mike Madison at Pittsblog tells us that the strength of the region is not the people or neighborhoods or anything else that may come and go.  Our strength and our greatest amount of weath is instilled in place:

Great cities are great in large part because their citizens invest in the wealth of place. Pittsburgh was founded 250 years ago at an aquatic confluence that gives it enduring and uncommon wealth. If Pittsburgh has been a great city, that’s because those who have lived here and those who visited were stewards of that wealth. They drank deeply of Pittsburgh’s hills and valleys and rivers, molding their lives to the land and the water rather than molding the land and water to their lives.

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Spring in Pittsburgh

It’s Spring in Pittsburgh, and Elizabeth Perry at woolgathering takes the opportunity to reflect on the city and her appreciation for the people in it.

In a city the size of Pittsburgh, small groups working together can have a significant effect – in neighborhoods, in institutions, in politics, and in business.  Drawing every day has taught me about the way a gesture, repeated, can have a powerful cumulative effect.  I see that happening in the city around me.

See Elizabeth’s beautiful post and drawings by clicking through.