City Of The longer term: Pittsburgh (Safe Behind The Mountains)
What about Pennsylvania’s different great city, the city of Pittsburgh?
Is life in Pittsburgh higher than life in Philadelphia? Is Pittsburgh’s downtown part extra pleasing to the eye than Philadelphia’s?
My first glimpse of “the steel city” was from a Greyhound bus at 18 after i took a cross country journey to San Francisco. I would been napping in my seat when the driver introduced “Pittsburgh.” I woke with a begin and noticed the Golden Triangle. For a second I felt what Brigham Young must have felt when he first laid eyes on the place that would later be called Salt Lake Metropolis: That is the place! I wanted to get out and explore, however the bus headed off into Ohio. I by no means saw Pittsburgh again.
That every one modified two weeks ago when i teamed up with friends Tom and Diana who had been headed to Pittsburgh to go to their son and daughter-in-regulation for a 3-day visit. I didn’t need to give it some thought when they requested me if I wanted to join them. I packed my baggage and before I knew it we have been on the turnpike (with occasional detours on the Lincoln Freeway) until at last Pittsburgh’s skyline got here into view. There it was, just as I had remembered it from the Greyhound bus window, solely the view was nicer: newer skyscrapers, mountains and buildings perched on the tops of the great hills that encompass the town. Most spectacular of all, had been the a number of multicolored bridges in the course of the city. So many bridges!
Pittsburgh’s bridges have a fairyland quality to them and they distinction nicely with the houses, buildings and onion domed churches perched on the hills surrounding the downtown space. Philadelphia’s flat topography can not match this singing, hanging landscape.
“Pittsburgh appears to be like great from this angle,” Diana stated, “however you wouldn’t need to live right here.” I asked ‘why not?’ and was advised that Pittsburgh is a very small town the place everyone is aware of all people, a type of Mayberry with skyscrapers. Humorous, I assumed, that is what they are saying about Philly. Pittsburgh can also be a huge sports city however we’re talking all consuming sports as in sports activities-as-a-reason-to-stay and sports activities-as-religion. Practically every bar and restaurant in the town has a giant screen Television for any recreation that happens to be on. It doesn’t matter what sort of recreation–hockey, football, baseball or tennis — so long as it is…s ports. Each Tom and Diana hate sports activities, and I am unable to say I am a fan either.
First impressions of a metropolis are necessary. At first look, Pittsburgh appears far much less diverse than Philly. Tom and Diana informed me that there are extra redneck types right here than in Philly although their numbers are diminishing quick as the town turns into more cosmopolitan. Pittsburgh has made many “greatest lists” because the year 2000. Forbes Journal, as an illustration, rates Pittsburgh as the nation’s most livable city. Pittsburgh beat out Honolulu, which got here in second. The Farmers Insurance coverage Group also voted Pittsburgh as third on a list of ten because the “Most Safe Places to stay within the United States.” But the actual topper is the city’s inclusion in one of many ‘hottest cities of the future,’ lists the place it is named “The following Hipster Haven.” (Philadelphia can be on this listing as a metropolis of art (murals) and culture.)
Philadelphia is not the one city to call itself “the city of neighborhoods” as a result of Pittsburgh makes use of the same line.
Our first night time on the city gave me a sense of the town’s smallness in comparison to Philadelphia’s by no means ending flat streetscapes. Pittsburgh is a giant city in miniature, with miniature crime, miniature graffiti (or no graffiti at all), a highly walk ready downtown section and of course all of those bridges.
Town is ranked amongst the smartest within the nation. It’s been called a city of bookworms (regardless of the emphasis on sports). It has the very best hospitals in the country, and (greatest but) essentially the most affordable housing. Many discuss with it as a “hidden gem.” When travelers think of Pennsylvania they are likely to assume only of Philadelphia. ‘The Economist’ has tshirts kids rated Pittsburgh as essentially the most livable city in the United States.
After we visited Pittsburgh’s waterfront area, Three Rivers Park, the place the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers meet, it was refreshing to not must cross an I-95 in order to get there. I additionally favored the best way the waterfront piers meet the water as opposed to the elevated piers at Penn’s Landing.
Throughout my keep, I noticed little or no graffiti nor did I spot a single homeless person with a cardboard signal. Maybe I used to be within the wrong part of city, because I’m sure Pittsburgh has homeless individuals, but I could not find any. The city has a 1960s’ time warp high Men’s D quality. As Tom, Diana and i watched the motorboats come and go along the piers, Tom reminded me that Pittsburgh is not actually a Northeastern metropolis at all but primarily a Midwestern metropolis, then an Appalachian metropolis and only lastly considerably of a Northeastern metropolis, however only somewhat.
The Midwestern flavor of the town might be why artist Andy Warhol left Pittsburgh on a Greyhound bus after his graduation from Carnegie Mellon. He wanted a monolith badass city like New York, and he obtained it. After his death in 1987, his house town honored him with the Andy Warhol Museum and even a small bridge named the Andy Warhol Bridge. The Warhol Bridge is just down the street from the Andy Warhol Museum.
Folks either love or hate Andy Warhol however within the museum there is just love. I noticed giant families with little youngsters, teenagers, elderly of us on walkers or canes, and even a few individuals in wheelchairs inspecting the Campbell’s soup can paintings, the Liz, Marilyn and tshirts kids Elvis portraits, and even testing the dicey Joe Dallesandro movie stills and the Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers album covers. I think Warhol would have authorised of the museum workers. Most are faculty students decked out in Warhol T-shirts and though observant and centered, the staffers don’t have that TSA-type museum security guard harshness that one typically encounters in customary art museums.
The museum homes the entire set of Warhol’s 610 time capsule containers and lots of pictures of Warhol’s youth and household, his early paintings and his later films and videos.
Within the Warhol video room I watched a black and white film that Warhol product of Lee Radziwill, John, Jr. and Caroline Kennedy a few years after JFK’s assassination. The movie was made one summer time on the household’s non-public beach at Hyannis Port. We see John, Jr. peering into Warhol’s digicam making goofy faces after which doing unusual zombie contortions with his eyes. John, Jr. is about 9 years old and Caroline is eleven or so. In another scene Warhol’s staff buries John, Jr. within the sand as much as his neck and then (with sand) they make him a mermaid physique from the neck down, even giving him large sand breasts and then arranging seaweed (as hair) over the decrease extremities. John, Jr. is on a non stop giggle. At one level he complains that he just washed his hair and cannot get it dirty; then he declares that he has a head itch. A really slender Lee Radziwill walks alongside the surf in her barely modest string bikini, her wet pony tail trying oddly chic and very “New York.”
We ate in lots of eating places and located the meals and ambiance to our liking. In style are pubs with the sort of bar food you’d find at Normal Faucet in Northern Liberties, solely you won’t discover breaded smelt, in all probability essentially the most awful dish within the western hemisphere, anywhere in these Pittsburgh pubs. (Commonplace Tap, unbelievably, insists that breaded smelt is a finest seller there). In Pittsburgh, as in Center Metropolis or Fishtown, fashionable eating places imply long strains, especially at these locations that do not take reservations. At one extremely prized French eatery the lines were so lengthy that patrons lingered exterior with drinks or sat at the bar till referred to as. Our wait was so lengthy that the bartender supplied us an apology.
“I’m so sorry about this,” she mentioned. “I don’t know why these individuals aren’t moving. They’ve their checks but they won’t transfer. They will not go house.”
The chronic sitters did not appear to care that different folks had been waiting in line for greater than an hour. We humorously recommended that the restaurant print on its menu that buyer occupation of a desk not exceed two and a half hours. We found that one upscale Pittsburgh Korean restaurant within the Squirrel Hill space has this request printed at the bottom of their menu. Please don’t permit your dining experience to exceed two and one half hours. Ironically, the service on this Korean restaurant was extremely bad and so we got here to see the time restrict as a reverse psychology protective gadget.