Well, mostly I live in Pittsburgh because my friends and my work and my
professional network and all my stuff are here. Pittsburgh has a
tremendous regional inferiority complex, which is a shame, because there's
a lot to enjoy here.
Reasons to live in Pittsburgh:
Reasons to flee Pittsburgh, screaming:
- Independent public radio at its finest. Independent rock, alt-folk, alt-country,
This American Life,
the World Cafe
and Rhythm Mix, all commercial-free and
with a high degree of community involvement. This radio station has
profoundly influenced the music I listen to and how I listen to it.
- La Feria
- A Peruvian restaurant on the obnoxiously trendy Walnut St. in Shadyside.
Glorious salads, unusual food, and a great place to take vegetarians.
Plus, funky arts and crafts!
- Club Cafe
- A small club on the South Side that books a mix of local music and the sort
of independent acts heard on WYEP: Cheryl Wheeler, Christine Lavin, the Austin
Lounge Lizards, Dave Carter and Tracey Grammer, and so on. It's like attending
a show in your living room; the closest tables are practically onstage.
- The National Aviary
- When I worked Downtown, I'd occasionally drive across the river to the Northside
on my lunch break and go sit in the Everglades room at the Aviary until the urge
to throttle the life out of my coworkers dissipated. You can easily see the entire
Aviary in less than an hour, or you can just read on a bench with a book and
let the birds inspect you.
- The "road system"
- Dear god, people, haven't you ever heard of beltways?!