Posts Tagged 'Blogs'

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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The View from Mt. Washington

The view of the primary from Mt. Washington is taken on by Mountain Girl at, 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.

Authenticity at Cleveburgh

Jim at Cleveburgh Diaspora discusses what it means to talk about what is authentically Pittsburgh:

I’ve followed the media representations of the state’s human geography. The negative stereotypes range from Rust Belt to Redneck. Overall, the cities of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia have faired well, the islands of cosmopolitanism at either end of the state.

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Primary Art Report

In his contribution to the project, Rick at Pittsburgh Art and Gallery Info highlights the Pittsburgh Art scene…

The obvious art gallery magnates like the Mattress Factory, the Andy Warhol Musuem, the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and the Silver Eye Center for Photography continue to place Pittsburgh in the national and international spotlights.

…what’s gone on lately…

Pittsburgh experienced a truly amazing phenomenon with hundreds of art exhibits for the NCECA Ceramics Convention which brought over 5,000 members and collectors to the city… Pittsburgh was immersed in ceramic art and many local exhibits went on for the month.

…and what’s upcoming:

On the immediate horizon of events we have one of Pittsburgh’s newer art galleries, the Green Building Gallery, hosting an Obama Art Auction Fundraiser this Sunday, April 20 which brings together many Pittsburgh artists and their work to raise money for Barack Obama.

Pittsburgh’s arts scene on the whole is truly outstanding:

I find myself wanting to endlessly write about all the art events and developments happening here in Pittsburgh and in truth there are so many events it’s hard to get a handle on everything, another testament to this region’s arts scene.

Click over to Pittsburgh Art and Gallery Info to read the full post.

It’s the People

Char typically writes the kind of bittersweet and occasionally (ok, often) sarcastic observations that we absolutely must have to get through the day over at Pittsburgh Pist-Gazette.  In her contribution to the Primary Pittsburgh Project, she does not disappoint:

In her day job, Char sells real estate:

When I deal with newcomers to Pittsburgh, I’m forced to look at our city anew through their eyes. Forced to realize that in this day and age all books are judged by their covers and ours sometimes doesn’t make the best first impression.

She quickly gets to the punchline:

So when newcomers inevitably ask me why I like it here so much … I’m sometimes hard pressed to adequately express, in three words or less, the real inner-beauty that makes Pittsburgh Pittsburgh. If they only have time for the three-word answer, my reply is “It’s the people.”

Click through to read Char’s story about “Mr. Science,” the man who bought a house under foreclosure in the Upper Northside so that he could live closer to kids who he often worked with in nearby Northview Heights.

A funny thing about Pittsburgh is that our housing market is not so impacted by national market trends.  Property values are growing, but housing remains affordable.  But why do people choose to locate or stay in Pittsburgh?  More often than not, the answer is “it’s the people.”