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Why do YOU live in Pittsburgh?

Written by Heather Schmelzlen on .

Friends in New York, Philly and elsewhere always question why I love Pittsburgh so much (too many reasons to list!), so I was delighted to come across a Reddit post today in which user BigRyTX asks: Why do you live in Pittsburgh?

I am considering moving in the near future to a city with a colder climate but dont know much about Pittsburgh. So I was wondering what specifically makes you choose to live there? I know the colleges are great and people care about the sports teams, but what else is there?

As is usually the case on Reddit, the answers are...well, varied. Many are here for the "sports town" feel. Others came for romance and chose to stay when they found another love: the city itself. And, yes, some are sticking around for the cheap rent. Here are a few of my favorite responses:

Came here for a boy, stayed for the city. The atmosphere is just wonderful and I love how even in the city you can get to know your neighbors. Good culture, good shopping, good food and good sports teams all help too. I moved here from Denver and often say that Denver is like the stereotypical "bimbo" in movies - pretty on the outside but nothing going on under the skin. Pittsburgh is like the stereotypical "nerdy cute chick" that doesn't know she's cute until you take off her glasses - great substance and really beautiful when you take a good look.

— from user Delanakatrella

My family lives here. I grew up here. The cost of living is pretty low. It feels like a big city without actually being one. I love how all the neighborhoods have their own personality. There's always something to do, regardless of what you're into. The restaurant and beer scene is great. Lots of young people. Good hospitals. Nice people. Mostly. They're not very good drivers, though. It sure isn't for the weather. Fall is gorgeous. Winter is miserable, spring is rainy and cold, and summer is ungodly hot and sticky and everything's always under construction. There's that joke about Pittsburgh, that it has four seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, and construction. Not that much of a joke.

— from user thebloodofthematador

I'm a sports fan and so I love the passion for sports in this city. It's nice to see the whole city come together when the Steelers play, and it's hard not to feel at least a little excited when they win. 

— from user ChipoMaldito

My wife and I moved here from San Francisco 4 yrs ago in order to have the life we wanted. We own a house in a nice neighborhood and have a 2mo old. I was able to leave my corporate job and start my own company doing what I find interesting. So far so good. My only regret is that its a lot harder to fly kites here than in SF.

— from user birdbrainlabs

 

OK, so, Pittsburgh isn't the best place to fly a kite. But there are still several smart reasons to live here (at least that's what blogger Stephen Harkleroad says). What are yours?

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Photo by Darrell Sapp/Post-Gazette

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Do dads have an image problem?

Written by Kim Lyons on .

Pittsburgh city councilor Natalia Rudiak today proposed legislation  that would require baby-changing stations in the restrooms of all city-owned buildings (via Moriah Balingit)

 

The second paragraph caught my eye:

Ms. Rudiak's bill would require the stations in both men and women's restrooms.

The fact that dads change diapers is hardly breaking news, but this marks another step not just in the evolving roles of modern working parents, but in a wider recognition that the roles have changed. Moms don't do all the housework, and when Dads are with their children, they're not "babysitting." They're parenting.

An interesting opinion piece by Peter Mountford  in Sunday's Post-Gazette asked why child-caring dads are treated like heroes, when they're really not that out of the ordinary anymore: 

No matter how many dads you might see at the late-morning singalong, the default thinking remains: Moms are the primary caregivers, whether they work outside of the home or they don't.
Well, it's not the default in my house.

Having changing tables in men's restrooms: What do you think? Are child-caring dads viewed differently than child-caring moms? And what else could be done to make dads who look after children feel less anomalous and more like, well, parents?

 

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Illustration by the Post-Gazette's Dan Marsula

 

 

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Royal baby watch: Why do we care?

Written by Kim Lyons on .

There is no logical reason why Americans should be so enamored with the pregnancy of the Duchess of Cambridge, but the imminent arrival of the heir to the British throne (second behind grandpa and dad) captured the attention of the Twittersphere on Monday: 

 

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According to a Post-Gazette poll, readers seemed to believe a princess was on the way, rather than a prince

 

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What's your guess for the Royal Baby? 

Crowds gathered in London... 

 

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and as the hours dragged on, all manner of parodies/jokes/memes started popping up: 

 

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The Guardian went so far as to activate a button that allowed readers to toggle between Royal/No Royal coverage.

 

But despite the "I don't care about this" crowd (about 14 percent of people who took our poll indicated they were not interested in the outcome), there is still a strong contigent of us across the pond who closely follow the British royal family. Why is this -- we don't have royals in the U.S.? The fairy-tale nature of the whole thing? Or some other reason-- a slow news day/summer news doldrums, perhaps. 

 

What do you think; why do we care at all? And what is your prediction for #RoyalBabyWatch? 

 

 

 

 

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On unicorns, Pirates and Pittsburgh police

Written by Pittsblogher on .

It may be attributed to the heat wave or the fact that there have not been any Pirates games in a few days, but one story that captivated the social webz of Pittsburgh had to do with unicorns, or, we should say, an adult entertainer named Andy San Dimas (who goes by a handle @LaShoeGal on Twitter) in a unicorn mask, who was kicked out of PNC Park for dancing in the unicorn mask during the Pirates game on July 13.

The story originally appeared on Deadspin, and in that story, there was a tweet from @LaShoeGal with a photo of her and a Pittsburgh police officer, a sergeant in the unicorn mask, allegedly that same unicorn mask, in which Andy San Dimas danced at PNC Park.  

KDKA reported that the Pittsburgh police are looking into the incident and have a pretty good idea of who the cop in the controversial photo is. The officer may even be facing disciplinary action. 

According to AP, a woman, who took the photo, "an adult film producer named Steviee Hughes, said she's not sure what the fuss is all about, though she's assuming it has more to do with adult entertainer Andy San Dimas posing next to the officer than it does the oversized animal head he wore on July 13."

The reaction to the story was mixed. Some got a kick out of it and others... well...

ANYWAY... Pirates are on tonight... SO, #LetGoBucs!

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Grilli on Sports Illustrated cover

Written by Kim Lyons on .

Pirates' closer and All Star Jason Grilli is on one of two covers of the latest Sports Illustrated. The headline on the story is "The Strangest but Truest Story of the Summer: The Playoff-Bound Pirates and their Sharknado Bullpen." It looks at what all Pirates fans are agonizing over this summer: Whether the Bucs will finally, finally break their 20-season losing streak. 

The PG's Brady McCullough recently wrote a great piece on the Steel City's renewed baseball fervor: "Pirates baseball is suddenly serious in Pittsburgh again".

Putting aside the jinx factor associated with appearing on the cover of SI, Grilli is in some questionable company with his cover boy status. The last time a Pittsburgh Pirate appeared on the magazine's cover was 1992, which, as you long-time Pirates fans might remember, was a profile of Barry Bonds

Do you think the Pirates will make the playoffs? 

Jason Grilli on Sports Illustrated cover

Courtesy of Sports Illustrated. Photographs by: Hunter Martin/Getty Images(Grilli); Ryan Pierse/Getty Images (shark)

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