Get Ready for a Lot More of These Stories


As we get closer to the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh later this month, get ready to see a lot more of these Pittsburgh “comeback” stories, like this one from Forbes (thanks to reader Jeff Vines for sending it to us).

We’ve posted some other ones earlier this year, such as this one from the New York Post.

What I like about these kind of stories: Pittsburgh is indeed awesome, beautiful and innovative, and I’m glad people across the country are recognizing this. In many ways, it has completely transformed itself economically, environmentally, and physically from its steelmaking history – as this blog itself has discussed.

What I dislike about these kind of stories: they can gloss over some of the city’s still very real problems, tend to focus on the obvious things the ‘burgh has done right (i.e. lots of education and health care jobs), and also ignore the economic suffering of the nearby Mon Valley towns that have still not truly recovered from the loss of steel jobs. It’s a seductive storyline that a lot of people want to believe – thousands of union manufacturing jobs can be wiped out and everything will be just fine!

I think this Forbes article is interesting, in that it discusses the intangibles, like the pride Pittsburghers have in their city, and the city’s efforts to remain unique.

What do Pittsburgh readers think?

What does the national media get right and wrong about our city? What do you want outsiders coming to town for the G-20 to know about the ‘burgh?



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8 responses to “Get Ready for a Lot More of These Stories

  1. You pretty well hit the nail on the head. Pittsburghers want the country to see that Pittsburgh isn’t a dirty, stinky, and dark steel town anymore (a notion that’s more prevelent than it should be in 2009). It’s a thriving cultural center with alot of the amenities of larger cities without the clausterphobic feel and all around upitiness you feel in larger cities.

    What we don’t like about it is the fact that there are some pretty significant problems that haven’t been adequately dealt with that could render all the positive press absolutely meaningless.

    #1 Population loss has continued, and while the shrinking is shrinking, it hasn’t gone away. We’re now looking up at Toledo.

    #2 The city is still in bankruptcy protection and the recent budget surplesses seem ready to disappear into a black hole of pension obligations. There is still no long term solution to solving our pension funding issues.

    I would say that the good P.R needs to keep coming and local politicians need to stop quoting it and focus on solutions to our problems.

  2. Special K

    Thanks. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who feels this way.

  3. Wonderful city with lots of nice bridges, my favorite from the whole of the USA.

    Nice photo by the way 🙂

  4. Moving from Indy to Pittsburgh

    We’re getting ready to move to Pittsburgh as soon as the house here sells. What are some positive attributes that the city has to offer? Nice areas to live in with great schools for the kiddos? Anybody have any ideas? Thanks!

  5. Follow my blog. Sadly, the first commenter was more right than wrong. City schools on average are pretty bad but there are some good ones and some great private school options.

    Taxes in the city are very high, infrastructure is crumbling. Areas with great public schools like Mt Lebanon have really high taxes. (I mean some of the highest in the country)

    Many, great places to live in the city that are reasonably safe. Housing stock is amazing.

    Jury still very much out on Pittsburgh’s future in that it’s current economy is very oriented around public spending at the colleges and hospitals. Unemployment is not down at all. Things just look good because the rest of the country has really fallen.

    Still, a city with many great assets, priced right that may be finally on the right track.

  6. Special K

    The city just unveiled a new website to help people find neighborhoods that suit them: It seems like a good idea, though Chris Potter at Pgh City Paper says it leaves something to be desired:

  7. kevinp

    Hi. I’m just moving in to the city. I just chose a place in Regent’s Square. So far I haven’t met one person that wasn’t pleasant. I know no place is just full of saints but Pittsburghers have been some of the nicest folks.

    I’m actually moving from San Diego. Everyone asks me why. SD is nice and very pleasant – sort of like Barbie. I prefer substance and intelligence and Pgh (why do you all abbreviate it that way?) seems to have an abundance.

    I drove all around the city center and I’m falling in love with it. I’ll let you all know after the first winter. Although, I’m originally from Omaha so the winters won’t be a total surprise.

    I’m excited about my move. I will say that I didn’t expect Pgh to be such a nice city. I’m doing my part to advertise it to others.

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