Likes & Dislikes

Opinions

“Pittsburgh was a chance stop on our itinerary, because we didn’t really know whether it would be worth visiting. As such, it was a very pleasant surprise, especially because of its location, and the many old bridges. We were there on match day, and it was really interesting to see all the enthusiastic supporters.

One of the things we loved about Pittsburgh was the Andy Warhol Museum. We already knew some disconnected facts about Warhol, but the museum gave a really a clear picture of why he was such a genius, and was such a decisive, progressive figure and celebrity in the art world. Many have their doubts, of course, knowing only the world-famous pictures of Campbell’s soup and Marilyn Monroe, whether he was really such a great artist, but by learning more about his career and work, it became clear to us what richness there is behind the seemingly banal surface.” (aji, 2016)


Practicals

Transport

Public transportation in Pittsburgh is not good and there are some geographical reasons for that. Hills and rivers complicated attempts to create subways and rail transportation. The bus system is mediocre. No wonder that many people go around by car.  The train system is still more reliable than the bus. 
There are not many bike paths.

Pittsburgh -on land&water - t.p. photo

Food

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Pittsburgh - Strip District - cafe

Public safety

Pittsburgh has one of the worst crime rates among US cities. Tourists are very seldom victims of criminal acts.    

Background

Pittsburg - Aji photo

Destination in brief

Pittsburgh is in southwestern Pennsylvania. When it comes to culture, Pittsburgh is firmly a Midwestern city.

Population (in 2020): 1.7 million-  65% White, 23% Black or African American, 6% Asian .

Pittsburgh has one of the largest Italian communities in the US. It also has the largest Croatian community

Average net monthly salary (in 2020): 3600 USD

Pittsburgh has 446 (!) bridges. The name “City of Bridges.” is well justified. Pittsburgh boasts more bridges than any other city in the world, including Venice, Italy (which has only 400)

One of the peculiar characters of this city is not laid out in a proper grid. Especially downtown, a bunch of streets running in one direction, and then a bunch more streets running at more or less a 90-degree angle to the first set of streets.

Geography

Pittsburgh is made up of hills, rivers, and valleys. The city is situated at the angle formed by the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers.

History

Pittsburgh was always a city of primarily working-class whites rather than blacks or other minorities; its traditional ethnic neighborhoods were Italian, Polish, Jewish, etc. 

Historically, Pittsburgh was a city of heavy industry: steel, primarily, but also including other industrial concerns.

Nowadays

The heavy industry is all gone, though some of the corporate headquarters still remain. The city's main industries today are education, science, and finance, fields that employ mostly upper-middle-class workers. This results in a gentrification trend in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh is obsessed with sports. American football, baseball, and hockey, in particular, drive huge segments of city life.

Pittsburgh - PPG Place "the crown jewel in Pittsburgh's skyline" -Aji photo

People


Many say the locals are not so open to strangers, so to tourists as well This may also be due to the fact that - unlike in many other American cities - there is not much immigration and emigration, and the population is strongly accustomed to feeling only comfortable within its own circle.

Pittsburgh - newlyweds - Aji photo

Attractions

Duquesne Heights - Duquesne Incline

Market Square

Strip District

Pittsburgh -Strip District - t.s. photo

Andy Warhol Museum

Point State Park

Carnegie Museum of Art

Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium

Mount Washington

PNC Park

Cathedral of Learning

Carnegie Science Center

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