Pittsburgh Traffic

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?

Weekend snapshots

Listen to advice and accept discipline, 
   and at the end you will be counted among the wise. Proverbs 19:20

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I wanted to share some weekend snapshots! Let’s see here… Friday I went to the doctor and I decided to be a goof in my lil gown.

Honestly.. I hate going to the doctor! (and the dentist .. and the orthodontist.. etc.) The waiting kills me as well as being nervous and that moment when I am totally snooping through all the drawers and the doctor comes in and catches me… wait, that doesn’t happen to you?

Saturday started off with a run. The sun was shining when I finished.

I got almost 7 miles in.. but my knee was just okay. Eh. I was happy to be outside enjoying the lovely morning though! It is always nice to workout on the weekend because I don’t have to get up early like I do during the week.

After the run I got ready and went to a pumpkin patch/corn maze.

It was 86* out and I LOVED it! I’ll take this warm weather as long as possible 🙂

Iced coffee was enjoyed on Saturday

My parents took me out to dinner! YAY Eat n’ Park!

Hi mom + dad!

We went furniture shopping afterwards .. good times. (AKA: I had too much coffee)

On Sunday I went to church and then to my boy’s house! We were stuck in Pittsburgh traffic due to the Steeler’s game so I took some pictures whilst waiting.

Jimmy and I walked on a local trail by his house, I helped his dad ice cupcakes, and we had a Bible study at Starbucks.

Later on we went back to church and then he dropped me off at home and I hit the hay. It was a nice weekend but now it’s back to the grind. It is CRUNCH time at school and i’m stressed out. I need to focus on one assignment at a time and try not to get overwhelmed! I’ll be posting a foodie post in the near future.. I have had some good eats lately!

I hope everyone had a nice weekend 🙂