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

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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.

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