Strip District

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 stuff

Hey hey! Time to begin another week. Thanks for all of the well wishes for studying and such. I took my IST (computer class) final yesterday and got a 92%. I’m down with that. Two more finals left until the semester is over!

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I want to share my weekend activities (aside from studying) with you!

Friday: I went to school from 11:00-2:00, drove home, walked Lola, hung out with family and watched a Christmas movie on the Hallmark Channel. Hannah (little sister) wanted to play with Jimmy’s hair. It was funny.

Saturday: I woke up around 5:30 because I was having bad dreams. Jimmy and I went downtown in Pittsburgh to the Strip District/Public Market to do some Christmas shopping, Market Square to get coffee, and PPG place to look at the Christmas tree, gingerbread houses, and ice rink. We then went to the Ross Park Mall (so busy), Panera for a late lunch and studying. It was a busy day. At night we headed to my hizzy and watched How to Train a Dragon and made pancakes for dinner. It was cute and I love kids movies!

Downtown Pittsburgh ❤

Sunday: Church + studying + more seafood with mayo!

This week: I have a final on Tuesday and one on Wednesday. I’m hoping to bake some gingerbread men or delish cookies when I’m officially on break.

But for now… I better get back to studying.

Have a great day!