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83-Steelers-43
04-25-2007, 08:16 PM
Pittsburgh is back at No. 1 among Places Rated
Wednesday, April 25, 2007

By Dan Majors, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

We're back, baby.

The 25th anniversary edition of "Places Rated Almanac" is going to press with its latest ranking of America's most livable cities, and Pittsburgh has returned to the top.

The ranking, revealed tonight by publisher David Savageau, puts Pittsburgh back in the catbird seat it occupied in the almanac's buzz-worthy 1985 edition, a designation that created a nationwide gasp of discussion -- and publicity -- that the city embraced with pride.

The ranking of 379 metropolitan areas in America are based on nine categories: housing (cost of living); transportation; jobs; education; climate; crime; health care; recreation; and ambience (museums, arts, restaurants and historical districts).

The rest of the top 10 are San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Philadelphia, Rochester, N.Y., Washington, D.C., San Jose-Sunnydale, Calif., Boston and Madison, Wis.

Greensboro, N.C., finished last.

Since the publication of the 1985 almanac, Pittsburgh has dropped as low as 14th in 1997 and 12th in 1999, the last year that the listings were done, but the city is the only one to finish in the top 20 every time.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07115/781048-100.stm

verks36
04-25-2007, 08:20 PM
ayo pitt

IF they facorted footballl team into the voting we would be first every year

This just shows what our team stand for

Stlrs4Life
04-25-2007, 08:45 PM
Philadelphia in the Top 10 though?

HometownGal
04-25-2007, 08:48 PM
Right back up at the top where da Burgh belongs! Beautiful city with great people and competitive and classy sports franchises (well - maybe not the Pirates at the moment, but I still love 'em anyway!) - what more could you ask for? :thumbsup:

Kudos Pittsburgh! :cheers:

melroseplace
04-25-2007, 10:29 PM
glad to hear it!

Borski
04-25-2007, 11:30 PM
Nice, I plan to live there someday if I can get a good job up there after I get out of college.

X-Terminator
04-26-2007, 01:03 AM
Awesome! This just proves that Pittsburgh really is a first-class city, and hopefully the rest of the nation recognizes that fact.

But how in the hell did Rochester, NY make the top 10? I thought that place was a hollowed-out dump?

83-Steelers-43
04-26-2007, 09:31 AM
Philadelphia in the Top 10 though?

I was thinking the exact same.

Jeremy
04-26-2007, 09:33 AM
I was thinking the exact same.

Philly itself isn't too bad. It when you go in the area between Philly and New York that you run into real problems.

83-Steelers-43
04-26-2007, 09:39 AM
Philly itself isn't too bad. It when you go in the area between Philly and New York that you run into real problems.

From what I've seen on many occasions, I wouldn't exactly compare it to Newark or Mogadishu, but I do not agree with it being in the top ten (North Philly in particular).

Jeremy
04-26-2007, 09:43 AM
From what I've seen on many occasions, I wouldn't exactly compare it to Newark or Mogadishu, but I do not agree with it being in the top ten (North Philly in particular).

There are parts of the 'Burgh where you don't go at night too. But that doesn't make the whole city a bad place.

83-Steelers-43
04-26-2007, 09:44 AM
There are parts of the 'Burgh where you don't go at night too. But that doesn't make the whole city a bad place.

Once again, I'm not stating it's a horrible city. I'm not stating the "whole city" is a bad place, I just don't see how it cracks the top ten. That is all.

Jeremy
04-26-2007, 09:47 AM
Once again, I'm not stating it's a horrible city. I'm not stating the "whole city" is a bad place, I just don't see how it cracks the top ten. That is all.

I think it's more of an indication of how bad the rest of the country is. Here in Arizona, Tucson and Phoenix are violent places. Not a night goes by that the PD choppers aren't going around looking for someone or the other. A lot of those Southern cities people are moving too are garbage too. Atlanta and Birmingham are cess pools. Miami and Dallas are two of the most violent cities on the planet. When you look all around, Philly starts to look better and better.

83-Steelers-43
04-26-2007, 09:49 AM
I guess it's personal preference.

I can think of four other cities where I would rather live than Philly. Tampa Bay and San Diego being two of them. IMO, top ten for Philly is stretching it.

Jeremy
04-26-2007, 09:53 AM
I guess it's personal preference.

I can think of four other cities where I would rather live than Philly. Tampa Bay and San Diego being two of them. IMO, top ten for Philly is stretching it.

I hope you hold some kind of advanced degree. Otherwise you'll be working 80 hour weeks to live in San Diego.

83-Steelers-43
04-26-2007, 09:55 AM
I hope you hold some kind of advanced degree. Otherwise you'll be working 80 hour weeks to live in San Diego.

From my experience in the city, I think it's worth it. :smile:

Jeremy
04-26-2007, 10:09 AM
From my experience in the city, I think it's worth it. :smile:

Been there, done that, won't be going back.

83-Steelers-43
04-26-2007, 10:10 AM
Been there, done that, won't be going back.

See that, personal preference. It's a beautiful thing. :wink02:

Jeremy
04-26-2007, 10:12 AM
See that, personal preference. It's a beautiful thing. :wink02:

Not debating that. It's a nice city, I just don't speak the native langauge.

83-Steelers-43
04-26-2007, 10:14 AM
Not debating that. It's a nice city, I just don't speak the native langauge.

That's seems to be the case in many cities. :smile:

Jeremy
04-26-2007, 10:16 AM
That's seems to be the case in many cities. :smile:

Yup. It's that way here in Tucson. But I don't have much of a choice about this place.

83-Steelers-43
04-26-2007, 10:17 AM
Yup. It's that way here in Tucson. But I don't have much of a choice about this place.

That's what I hear. I've never been to Arizona but I hear it's pretty bad when it comes to that situation.

fansince'76
04-26-2007, 11:48 AM
Yup. It's that way here in Tucson. But I don't have much of a choice about this place.

If Tucson is anything like Denver, the official language is no longer English, but Spanish.

83-Steelers-43
04-26-2007, 12:34 PM
Hey! Speaking of Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Zoo sent the Pittsburgh Zoo three elephants. Unfortunately one had to be sent back because it tested positive for PCP and heroin.....

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07116/781233-100.stm

Jeremy
04-26-2007, 01:11 PM
If Tucson is anything like Denver, the official language is no longer English, but Spanish.

You got it. It's still not as bad as San Antonio yet.

83-Steelers-43
02-01-2008, 10:15 AM
Is this is an all-time record?

Philly police investigate 4 homicides in 16 hours
2/1/2008, 8:12 a.m. EST
The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's new police commissioner says 4 homicides in 16 hours show why Mayor Michael Nutter has declared a crime emergency.

Commissioner Charles Ramsey's comment came at the site of a double murder about noon Thursday on a West Philadelphia Street.

Police say a gunman pulled a shotgun, fired at 32-year-old Troy Jennings, of Philadelphia, and 29-year-old Marcellus Johnson, of Yeadon, and fled.

Police are also investigating the shotgun slaying of a pregnant woman in the city's Frankford section earlier Thursday. Her name was not released. Her baby girl is expected to survive after an emergency delivery.

And authorities are seeking a motive for the killing of 21-year-old Robert Overton, of the East Frankford section. He stumbled into a K-Mart store Wednesday evening with multiple gunshot wounds, and died at the scene.

http://www.pennlive.com/newsflash/pa/index.ssf?/base/news-59/1201871946122890.xml&storylist=penn

SteelCityMan786
02-01-2008, 10:19 AM
Thank God I don't live in Philly and more towards Pittsburgh. Much Safer.

The Duke
02-01-2008, 11:56 AM
man, i knew things were bad in Philly, but this is way too much

and I used to like philly :dang:

when you have 3 murders with shotguns there's something really bad going on

declaring a crime emergency is a start, but something has to be done soon, and it all starts with the man that can do something about it

NastyLloyd95
02-01-2008, 03:38 PM
had my first visit this year and totally loved it, can't wait to go back.

MasterOfPuppets
02-01-2008, 03:53 PM
freakin washington DC is the armpit of the USA, and its in the top ten???

NastyLloyd95
02-01-2008, 06:16 PM
If any one has the chance come out to Seattle, besides the football team it's an awesome city!!

xXTheSteelKingsXx
02-01-2008, 06:16 PM
freakin washington DC is the armpit of the USA, and its in the top ten???

What about Seattle? One of the highest sucide rates in the nation.

NastyLloyd95
02-01-2008, 06:17 PM
the suicide rate is from the rain...

Im in Vancouver..2 hrs north trust me it gets on your nerves after 4 months of grey and rain...fack!!

83-Steelers-43
02-01-2008, 06:19 PM
What about Seattle? One of the highest sucide rates in the nation.

Personally, I would rather live in a city where people off themselves than in a city where you have 4 homicides in a 16 hour span. Eitherway, you couldn't pay me to live on the west coast. :wink02: