David L. Lawrence Convention Center

The Pros and Cons of Living in Pittsburgh

I’m currently reading This Is Where You Belong by Melody Warnick. It’s about loving the place you live, and it got me thinking about living in Pittsburgh. I’ve been living in the ‘Burgh since I was two-years-old, so I’ve been here over 20 years.

I’m pretty sure I could write a book on what it’s like to live in Pittsburgh, but I’ll try and keep this post to a simple pro and con list.

Cons of Living in Pittsburgh

  • Traffic. We have a few tunnels in and around Pittsburgh, and there always seems to be traffic around them. Jimmy and I have been known to plan outings around the heavy traffic times in the city.
  • Winter. The winters can be quite cold and snowy. In February 2010, we were hit with over 21 inches of snow. It was kind of awesome, though, because I didn’t have school for about a week 🙂

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  • Cloudy Days. Pittsburgh has an average of 203 cloudy days per year. It definitely makes me appreciate the sun when I see it!

Pros of Living in Pittsburgh

  • Livability. Pittsburgh constantly places high on the nation’s list of most livable cities due to its low crime rate, low cost of living, cultural opportunities, outdoor activities, and low risk of natural disasters.
  • Dialect. Have you ever heard of Pittsburghese? Pittsburghers like to use words like yinz, nebby, and slippy, along with phrases such as “Kennywood’s open” and “Apost tu.”
  • Bridges. Pittsburgh has a whopping 446 bridges. Some of the well-known ones are the Fort Pitt Bridge, Smithfield Street Bridge, and Roberto Clemente Bridge. The Roberto Clemente bridge is one of my favorites during Pirates’ and Steelers’ games, because the bridge is closed off to vehicles and pedestrians get to take over and walk across it.
One of my favorite bridges, the Smithfield Street Bridge.

One of my favorite bridges, the Smithfield Street Bridge.

  • Sports. Between the Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins, Pittsburgh is a huge sports city. Heinz Field, PNC Park, and the PPG Paints Arena are all awesome venues and the teams themselves are even better. The atmosphere during baseball, football, and hockey games in Pittsburgh is unparalleled.
  • Seasons. Pittsburgh experiences all four seasons and fall is especially gorgeous.

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That time I met a bald eagle at The National Aviary!

The cons of living in Pittsburgh aren’t that uncommon for a lot of cities in the United States. The pros, though? They make living in Pittsburgh absolutely amazing. I’m proud to call this city my home!

What are the pros and cons of where you live?

One of my favorite things

Hello! How was your weekend? I did one of my favorite things this weekend…IMG_4898Jimmy and I went ice skating! I love, love, love ice skating. People in my life who are close to me think it’s funny that I like ice skating because I dislike being cold and I usually hate moving at fast speeds (in vehicles, etc.), but I love ice skating super fast like a speedskater.

Jimmy even tied my skates for me. What a gem.

Jimmy even tied my skates for me. What a gem.

I also attended Pittsburgh World of Wheels this weekend. Jimmy loves cars as much as I love ice skating, so we both had an enjoyable weekend. Some of the cars from the Batman movie were at the show because parts of the movie were filmed in Pittsburgh. Batman CarsPghI just had to take some pictures of Pittsburgh because the view from the convention center was nice. This photo was taken on my iPhone with a fisheye lens. I love photography.

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Sorry I haven’t been blogging as much. Life is just busy lately!

School is pretty tough this semester, but it’s a good tough. I’m in a lot of classes for my specific major (journalism), so I have been learning about things that will hopefully apply to my future career… whatever that will be.. haha.

lifeI have been spending a lot of time studying, learning, snacking, running, and stretching. I have found that running is such a stress reliever from school work. I love to just zone out on a run and think of nothing and everything at the same time.

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So, life is busy, but it may become even more busy because today I have an interview for a possible internship that I’m really, really excited about.

I’ve been praying about it–not that I will get the internship–but that I will be happy with whatever is in God’s plan for me.

Sometimes I think about all of the things I have to do, and it really makes me miss the calmness of winter break, but it makes me think about Ecclesiastes 3, and how there is a season for everything in life. That chapter in the Bible really comforts me!

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Well, I’m going to get started on some homework and hope that the ice covering the streets of Pittsburgh has melted by the time I have to leave for school!!

Have a great day!