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Batman Wraps, and the Dark Knight Thanks Da’ Burgh!

22 Aug

The filming of Batman movie, “The Dark Knight” has wrapped. Sorry, Pittsburgh — there will be no more snow-in-August or Batmobile sightings around town, no more rubbernecking at work to get a peek at the set or a star-sighting on your lunch break.

It will be exciting to see Pittsburgh as “Gotham” on the big screen, and, while us Pittsburgh residents are thankful to the production for choosing us as the locale, it seems as though the cast and crew of The Dark Knight are grateful to us, too.

Check out this full-page ad from yesterday’s Pittsburgh Post Gazette, courtesy of 96.1 KISS fm.

Pittsburgh: A “Most Livable City” with Heart

7 May

Though I have a friend who would VEHEMENTLY disagree, but, Pittsburgh has been named the Most Livable City in the United States, YET  AGAIN, by Forbes Magazine! (We’ve also ranked 29th worldwide. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself!)

I mean, I want a beach house as much as the next person, but I love Pittsburgh and I have no intentions of leaving. I used to have the whole, wah, wah, wah, Pittsburgh-is-lame mentality, too. That was until I really opened my eyes to all that Pittsburgh has to offer. I mean, we truly have a plethora of opportunity right here at home in “Da’ Burgh!” Some of the best schools and universities, some of the best hospitals, some of the best malls, some fabulous dining and nightlife spots, casinos, some WORLD CLASS professional and college sports teams, and one of the best skylines in the world, as well as some awesome parks and recreational venues – what isn’t to love? We have the big-city-meets-small-town atmosphere, a perfect mix of blue-collar and luxe, and are just a stone’s throw away from a rural, country environment if we want that, instead.

Additionally, we have such a rich and interesting history and so many fun and quirky historical and trivia facts that make Pittsburgh unique. We have Mr. Rogers and Kennywood. We have the Inclines. We have the best fireworks anywhere. We have the most bridges in the world. Dignitaries choose to host major events here because, well, our city is so darn pretty – and, accomodating! Yeah, we have the Pirates, too, and the crappy roads, construction, and winters – but you can’t win ’em all.

Let’s talk about cost of living. I can tell you this – to have the home that I own elsewhere, well, to put it simply, there’s no way it would even be within my realm of affordability. The cost of living is great, we have comparably low crime rates compared to other cities our size, a nice arts scene, fairly low unemployment rate, and we have great things coming our way in terms of technology and going-green initiatives.

And the people – Pittsburgh is full of some NICE people. Granted, there ARE some “yinzers” out there, and the local media always chooses to put some real class acts on the news (why?!?) – but there are truly some really nice people in Pittsburgh. Any time out-of-towners come to visit they all say the same thing: they can’t get over how COOL and how NICE and friendly the people in Pittsburgh seem.

It makes me proud to be a Pittsburgher. I’m sure that Forbes only takes into account socioeconomic criteria and that’s fine – I’m proud of that stuff, too. But I’m proud of the other things, too. The beautiful view out the window of my Station Square office. The feeling of camaraderie and sense of community at a Steelers game. The vast array of awesome landmarks and museums and theaters and gardens and parks and boutiques and bakeries and the quirky little things that you might not know existed in Pittsburgh, but do. The hiking trails and biking trails and jet skis and kayaks on the river. The statues along the River Walk. The historic churches and the Potato Patch at Kennywood.

We might have some awesome schools – hey, I graduated from college at Pitt and went to one of the best high schools in the area, so I’ll never argue THAT fact – and we DO have some fantastic communities – I live in one of them. We might have some amazing hospitals with stunning advancements in research, and CMU with groundbreaking advancements in technology.  Our cost of living is amazing and we have a lot to offer to residents. But, I think, that Forbes missed something and that is our heart.

Pittsburgh IS the most livable city, but not just because of all the logistical, measurable outcomes.

It’s because Pittsburgh HAS HEART!

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To see the Forbes list slideshow, click here.

To read the Post Gazette article on Pittsburgh being named Most Livable City click  here.

To read my past BarSmart City Chatter post on Why I Love Pittsburgh click here.