Photo of the Day

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

I was only in Pittsburgh for about 24 hours this week, but I really, really liked what I saw of it. There’s beautiful architecture, including some gorgeous neo-gothic and art deco buildings. The city has also done an admirable job breaking the rust belt curse. It’s a dynamic, cultural, bustling town, but there are also ample reminders of Pittsburgh’s blue collar roots. It’s one of the most unique American cities I’ve visited. Think I’m going to try to spend a weekend there this fall.

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17 Responses to “Photo of the Day”

  1. #1 |  One Angry Dwarf | 

    We would love to have you back, the more Libertarians here the better. :-) And please tell me you ate at Primanti’s at least once.

  2. #2 |  J.R. | 

    It’s a funny thing about trust on the internet. I’ve never met you, Radley, but I trust you (and a handful) of other bloggers more than anyone except close family and the closest friends.

    So when you write these glowing words about Pittsburgh, I thought right away about visiting there. Glanced over at Wikipedia to read a little of its history. Maybe a little road trip before Labor Day???

  3. #3 |  Eric | 

    I just went to Pittsburgh for the first time a few weeks ago and had the same reaction. It’s a beautiful city. I was really impressed by their transformation from a steel city to Steel City.

  4. #4 |  Jeff | 

    As a Pittsburgh native, I appreciate the kind words. The city has its drawbacks, but it has a lot going for it, too; much more than most people (outsiders, anyway) realize.

    If you decide to head back in the fall, don’t hesitate to ask for advice on where to go/what to do. Also, take a GPS system with you. The city is notoriously hard to navigate, especially for visitors.

  5. #5 |  Chris C | 

    I lived there for four years and mostly loved it. It can be hard to navigate by public transportation and taxi (especially in the evening), but if you have a car or know some one who does it’s a great place to live.

  6. #6 |  Balloon Maker | 

    I agree. I only spent about 12 hours there once, but got a really good vibe from it. It also has one of the top 3 baseball parks in the country, if you’re into that kind of thing. PNC is amazing (even if the pirates are far from it).

  7. #7 |  Pitt | 

    if you go, I highly recommend going to the Church Brewworks – it’s near the Strip District, it’s a brewery, and it’s located in a beautiful restored cathedral. It’s sacrelicious.

  8. #8 |  Justin | 

    While singing the praises of Pittsburgh, I’ll note that it’s got a really good coffee scene. Not the equivalent of New York, I guess, but better than almost any other medium city in the US.

    Btw: Primanti’s is a trademark of the city, but it’s worthwhile for novelty, nor for the food.

  9. #9 |  Andy | 

    I’ve wanted to leave Pittsburgh all my life (in college at Pitt now). I just finished a summer internship in California. I was so excited to come back; it really is a great city.

    I hope you came via 279 through the Fort Pitt Bridge. If not, coming through the tunnel to see the skyline and the stadiums is pretty awesome.

  10. #10 |  Fritz | 

    Glad you liked it here. You’ll see us on the news in late September for the G-20 (ugh).

    Chris C #5: Taxis? We don’t need no stinkin’ taxis! (It can be nearly impossible to get a taxi here, and they all drive like 80-year old men.)

  11. #11 |  Adam W. | 

    Maybe a beautiful city (never been thing), but GOD Steelers fans are obnoxious.

    And the Penguins suck. :mad:

  12. #12 |  I, Kahn O'Clast | 

    I was born and raised (first 14 years) in Pittsburgh and I try to get back every couple of years for a visit to keep it fresh and see how it has evolved. It really is a special place and the people are some of the best. Where else do they have the Pittsburgh left”?

  13. #13 |  Lucy | 

    Ahhh, my internet goes down and I miss Balko? Damnation! Hey, come back here for an event. Our city needs more libertarian punch to it — my beastly liberal school especially.

  14. #14 |  Taktix® | 

    It’s one of the most unique American cities I’ve visited.

    It was actually in the Cathedral of Learning, while working at the Pitt News, that one cannot quantify the word “unique.”

    Just Sayin’

  15. #15 |  Taktix® | 

    Oh god, I left out a whole clause.

    joez Law!

  16. #16 |  John | 

    Pittsburgh is a fantastic city. My dad hails from there and it’s one of my favorite places to visit – home of the most down-to-earth people in this country. And of course the best damned football team on God’s green earth!

  17. #17 |  Steve D | 

    I agree with Andy, enter through the tunnels. Also, check out the nighttime view from Mt. Washington (it’s actually a ridge right next to downtown), and the inclines up and down Mt. Washington are unique. Also check out the Riverwalk, across the river from the Convention Center.

    GPS for sure. It and Boston are the hardest to navigate. It has the second-most bridges in the world, so that doesn’t help any.

    If you’re into that kind of thing, Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright is south of the city an hour or so.

    Enjoy! It’s a fun city, and I’m looking at moving back there. 10 years away is long enough!