Oh, Pittsburgh, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…
It feels like home. I don’t know how else to describe it, but having lived in IL, TX, MN, MA, and NYC, Pittsburgh just feels right. From the moment I moved here, it felt like home.
The various neighborhoods are awesome, and fairly different from one another. There’s Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, Oakland, the South Side, the Strip District, and many more. If you don’t like one, just go to a different one.
The people here are fantastic. And the people who have been here a long time have the most character of any people I’ve ever met.
The weird lingo – it’s oddly charming. If you’ve never heard “yinz”, “n’at” or the strange omission of “to be”, you’ve clearly not been to the ‘Burgh.
The Steelers and (somewhat less so) the Penguins have the absolute most loyal fanbase of any sports team I’ve ever known (and I lived in Chicago during the three-peat repeat Bulls). These people are rabidly enthusiastic, and after living here for only a couple of months, I found myself screaming and cheering at a televised Steelers game like a maniacal lunatic.
The food. While not all of it is fantastic (I don’t get the appeal of Primanti Bros.), some of it is darn good. There’s Mad Mex, Eleven, D’s, Casbah, Harris Grill (oh, their frozen cosmos – they’re like slurpees for grown-ups), Mantini’s, Morton’s, Lidia’s Italy, and now I’m hungry.
I met my fiance here I realize this is an experience you won’t have, but it makes me rather fond of the city.
It’s dirt cheap. My fiance and I live in a HUGE 2-bedroom apartment (it’s easily 3x the size of my $1200/month NYC apt) in a nice neighborhood for $800/month. One of the bars we frequent is Hough’s, where you can get their “bucket of beer” special (5 Coronas) for $10.
Oh, the beer. If you are at all a beer drinker, there are places here with *fantastic* selections. The place closest to my house is D’s, and if you can’t find what you like on tap, you can go into their “beer cave” and pick from probably hundreds of choices. (I’ve never actually counted.)
Now that I’ve written a novel, let me know if I haven’t convinced you, and I’ll keep going. Or, if you want more information, either now or when/if you move here, feel free to PM me.