Phipps Conservatory

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?

Hannah’s Dance & Phipps

Hannah had her very first school dance on Friday night! It was so much fun to help her get ready for the dance and take her pictures. She got her hair curled, I painted her nails and toenails, and she did her makeup. Hannah and her date looked lovely and she told me they had a great time. HanshairSnowball

On Saturday, Jimmy and I went to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in downtown Pittsburgh. We had a blast walking around all of the colorful flowers. I loved taking pictures of everything there. Here are a few of my favorite pictures:

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What have you been up to this weekend?!

Bible verse of the day: “This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:12