Pittsburgh’s Evolving Identity
The European cultural channel ARTE recently zoomed in on the city of Pittsburgh as part of a look at a sort of everyman’s America in the days leading up to the 2012 presidential election. You should check out the whole project here. It was inspired by the work of photojournalist W.E. Smith. In the series, modern Pittsburgh is contrasted with Smith’s iconic photos from Pittsburgh’s heyday as a steel boom town.
This is just one video that shows how the city has transformed, examining the city’s northside Mexican War Streets neighborhood through the eyes of a resident and local teacher. The city, he says, has been transformed from a working class city into kind of an intellectual place, and that has raised the question of identity.