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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?

More, please

Every morning I try to set aside time to read my Bible and write in my journal. My first order of business is thanking God. 

Life has been so beautifully full lately. I keep thinking I’ll have more, please, if that is your will, God. 

Life isn’t always easy, but it is incredibly blessed. The hard days are blessings in their own special way. The good days are absolutely amazing, and I want to soak it all in.

I’ll take more sunrises. More mornings eating breakfast outside. More evenings weeding the garden. More walks with Lola.

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I’ll take more time with my sister. More acro yoga. More laughing. More watching her grow up into the amazing woman God made her to be. (P.S. Hannah started a blog!)

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I’ll take more celebrations. More birthday parties. More get-togethers. More date nights. More time meeting new people. I went to my friend Kim’s house for her daughter Annabelle’s first birthday party and it was such a beautiful celebration. I can’t believe sweet Annabelle Grace is a year old!

Annabelle Birthday

I’ll take more renovations. More time making our house a home. More happy exhaustion from hard work. More trips to hardware stores to wander around aimlessly.

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I’ll take more of Pittsburgh. More baseball games. More exploring the city. More new restaurants. More adventures.

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I’ll also take more time spent with God. More journaling and Bible studying. More writing. More Pinterest browsing. More time spent reading and listening to podcasts. More traveling. More smiles. More coffee. More photography. More sleeping in. More staying up late. More drawing and painting. More deep conversations.

Thank you, God. If it’s your will, I’ll take more, please 🙂

What will you take more of in your life?