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steelerdave1969
03-25-2009, 11:56 AM
Just a few days ago, my family and I were leaving a local restaurant when a gentleman saw all the Steelers Six Time Super Bowl Champion stickers on my car and after talking just a couple minutes he asked me " are you from Pittsburgh? ". I said no, just been a fan for about 30 years or so.
So, that leads me to the question that is in my mind for you Pittsburgh area folks. Just what are folks like up there in Pittsburgh, PA? I am from a small town here in western NC and most everyone is pretty friendly down here and it is usually easy to get help with things like someone stopping to help ya out if ya need it changing a flat tire on your vehicle etc. Give me some ideas of how folks up there are like.. please.
Give everyone some info of your hometown no matter where you are from or living now, let us know.

xfl2001fan
03-25-2009, 12:27 PM
I can give you an outsiders perspective because I've traveled to and through there frequently over the last 8 years.

The people vary depending on where you go. Many of the people in the outlying areas are extremely friendly though...but that may have been because I was in uniform at the time.

In the city, it depends on what area you're in. There are some parts of town that you just don't want to be around. The same could be said in every city though.

Downtown...is a pain in the butt to try and travel during high traffic times. I'm a country boy...so I hate cities (and especially the traffic) to begin with. There's always somebody doing something stupid on the road to back EVERYBODY up...especially if there's a hint of something other than perfect weather. Again, this is true in nearly every city.

The city itself is most definitely chock-full of die-hard Steelers fans...and it really is a football town. Black and Gold pretty much garbs nearly everything there.

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As for my hometown, I grew up in a small town, but currently reside just outside of Columbus (east end). Where I live is farm country (9 acres) and it's really quiet. I work just inside the "outer loop" (I-270) and it isnt' too bad. i avoid downtown like the plague and have shifted my work hours to avoid traffic as well (0630-1530). I'm a family man, so "the night life" for me is more about bonfires by the creek than clubbing and such.

steelerdave1969
03-25-2009, 01:28 PM
Hey, thanks for your point of view there on the Pittsburgh area. I am also a country boy and the big city I am sure does not suit me. I would have thought that anyone who talked to me for just a minute or two even would know that that is the way I am, but no big deal. I am sure you dressed in your attire will have most people being nice to you and I would do the same for sure, but that is just the way I was raised to treat all folks the same.
My hometown had only 1 flashing light at the intersection for the first 20 or so years of my life and now has 2 redlights, so I know all about being a country boy..
:thumbsup:

stlrtruck
03-25-2009, 01:40 PM
If you're wearing the black and gold it's like family. Definitely have the one's you would rather not hang out with too long but for the most part it's one heck of a great party.

HometownGal
03-25-2009, 01:51 PM
Having lived in Pittsburgh most of my life, I can say that it is truly one of the most beautiful and livable cities anywhere. It isn't the dirty old steel mill town full of polluted air that a lot of folks who have never visited Pittsburgh seem to feel it is. Sure there are some areas in the city that aren't as accommodating or easy on the eyes as others, but all in all, it is truly beautiful and we have some awesome scenery! Pittsburghers in general are hard-working, friendly, light-hearted people who are proud to call Pittsburgh their home. :thumbsup:

xfl - you are 100% right about the dahntahn 'Burgh traffic - it's a nightmare, as are the "Parkinglots East and West". Our roads aren't maintained as they should be - we aren't called the "pothole capital of the world" for nothin! :chuckle:

Sports franchises in Pittsburgh are worshipped, particularly the Steelers and now the Pens. The Pirates have their following too. Though Pittsburgh fans are notoriously hard on their teams and players, they love their athletes like they love their own families! :tt02:

Last but not least, Pittsburghers LOVE their beer! :beerbang: We are known as the "beer drinking town with a football problem"! :drink:

X-Terminator
03-25-2009, 02:25 PM
When New Yorkers comment on how beautiful the city is, you know Pittsburgh is the real deal! :thumbsup: Seriously, when the Yank-Mes were in town last year, a couple of their fans remarked on how beautiful the city is now that he'd seen it, all of the old architecture here that has been preserved and restored (HTG can confirm this), whereas in New York, according to them, they can't wait to tear them down. We don't raze buildings here unless absolutely necessary - we recycle them. They add to the overall charm of the city and shows off some of its rich history.

As far as the people go, for the most part we have a small-town air for a major metro area. The people are laid-back, friendly and hard-working, and the further you get away from the city itself, the more this holds true. And yes, we definitely love our beer, but not that recycled piss water called Iron City. That is one of the biggest myths about Pittsburgh - most people here drink Yuengling or Rolling Rock much more than Iron City.

As for the traffic around town, it's even worse now with all of the construction going on (Three PNC, the Big Money Pit II aka the North Shore Subway Connector, the new arena, casino, among others). If anyone's ever gone home after a Steelers, Pens or Buccos game, you know what I'm talking about.

hindes204
03-25-2009, 02:27 PM
i lived in da burgh most of my life...10 minutes from dahntahn...moved away to join the service.....most people are friendly, not so much in my old neighborhood, they view outsiders as dangerous, of coarse, my hood itself was dangerous...anyway, its a great city where people drink beer, eat perogies (man i miss perogies plus), and watch sports. it has alot of great views from mt. washington and the west end. we even have our own language and pronuciations....we say things like "aht" instead of out, and we say libary, and yinz, and jumbo samitch, and jagoff (one of my favorites)...............i cant wait to go back in august, my family reunion is at scott township park every year.....first stop.....PRIMANTI BROS

xfl2001fan
03-25-2009, 02:34 PM
Next time I go through Pitt, I'll have to stop by this Pimanti Bros place I hear so much about. I think even Peter King (or was it Dr Z???) mentioned it in one of their columns.

X-Terminator
03-25-2009, 02:40 PM
Next time I go through Pitt, I'll have to stop by this Pimanti Bros place I hear so much about. I think even Peter King (or was it Dr Z???) mentioned it in one of their columns.

It's a must for anyone who visits Pittsburgh. There is one right downtown in Market Square, but if you don't want to deal with the traffic, there's one in the Strip District on 19th past Penn and on the South Side on 19th at E. Carson, which I believe is the original restaurant. Check it out - you'll thank me later!

hindes204
03-25-2009, 02:57 PM
Next time I go through Pitt, I'll have to stop by this Pimanti Bros place I hear so much about. I think even Peter King (or was it Dr Z???) mentioned it in one of their columns.

you have to go to "perogies plus" on island ave too, i grew up right down the street from it, best perogies EVER!!!!


http://www.pierogiesplus.com/

Hammer67
03-25-2009, 03:24 PM
One thing I have noticed about Pittsburgh is that the people are more southern then the other people from the Rust Belt cities. I spent a lot of time in Cleveland, Cincy and now live in Detroit. I also lived in Georgia and Florida when I was a kid…and my Parents currently live in Louisville.

The "Rust Belt" is Western PA, Ohio, Northern Indiana, Southern Michigan, and up to the Chicago area. People tend to keep to themselves, always in a hurry, lacking basic manners (saying thank you, or holding doors for people, driving etiquette, etc.). I think it has something to do with the hard, industrialized landscape and the harsh winters…it is definitely cultural.

Pittsburgh people tend to be more polite, in general, and much more laid back then other Rust Belt cities and people. Especially those from the Detroit area. The culture changes when I visit my parents in Louisville…the people there remind me more of Pittsburghers. More friendly and not so "in their own worlds".

Does any of this make sense?

:noidea:

Preacher
03-25-2009, 03:24 PM
you have to go to "perogies plus" on island ave too, i grew up right down the street from it, best perogies EVER!!!!


http://www.pierogiesplus.com/

NOW YOU TELL ME. . . WHEN WE DONT HAVE A TRIP PLANNED THIS YEAR


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:chuckle:

HometownGal
03-25-2009, 05:14 PM
you have to go to "perogies plus" on island ave too, i grew up right down the street from it, best perogies EVER!!!!


http://www.pierogiesplus.com/

Pierogies Plus makes the BEST pierogies anywhere!!! :thumbsup::applaudit: Their potato and cheese pierogies, as well as their meat pierogies, are simply off the charts delish! Their haluski is to DIE FOR!!! I try to get there at least once a month - I have to work out a little more the following day - LOL! :chuckle:

hindes - I'm sure you visited the Jenny Lee Bakery right up Island Avenue from Pierogies Plus. They went out of business a short time ago shortly after that devastating fire - I miss that place soooooo much! :tombstone:

tony hipchest
03-25-2009, 06:08 PM
10 minutes from dahntahn....most people are friendly, not so much in my old neighborhood, they view outsiders as dangerous, of coarse, my hood itself was dangerous...

hmmm. kinda reminds me of lawrenceville which is only 30 blocks from downtown. as a foreigner (from NM and the southwest) who has spent about 6 summers there, i can say i felt what you describe, both as a kid and as an adult.

im not too familiar with suburban pittsburgh. but ive taken hunnerds of bus rides, to go to the games, downtown, the malls, kennywood, to the museum, etc. so that tells you the majority and the types of folks ive encountered. lots of interesting characters on the bus. :chuckle:

its a very culturally diverse bunch and a bit more segregated (as i suppose most big cities with large immigration populations are) compared to what im used to, growing up on military bases and in indian/mexico country.

ive been looked at funny plenty of times walking by a stranger sitting on their porch and saying "how ya doin?".

of course in a southwestern small town a smile and a nod, or a tip of the cap is just a common courtesey and making eye contact isnt considered a threat.

but i LOVE it. i love the old row houses, all the different people, the brick streets, the city smell, living a block away from the allegheny, taking a walk across the bridge or up to the cemetary. strolling the strip or hanging out at market square just to people watch. i love how every neighborhood has a bar...or 12! (down here there are zoning issues). i love going to Gators for a liquid heroin and a puerto rican monkey f*(k, and to frankies for a polish sausage and a carry out beer. i love just sitting and listenning to all the regulars and then getting in on the conversation.

hindes204
03-26-2009, 12:04 AM
Pierogies Plus makes the BEST pierogies anywhere!!! :thumbsup::applaudit: Their potato and cheese pierogies, as well as their meat pierogies, are simply off the charts delish! Their haluski is to DIE FOR!!! I try to get there at least once a month - I have to work out a little more the following day - LOL! :chuckle:

hindes - I'm sure you visited the Jenny Lee Bakery right up Island Avenue from Pierogies Plus. They went out of business a short time ago shortly after that devastating fire - I miss that place soooooo much! :tombstone:

yep.......speaking of bakeries, have you ever been to Mancinis in da rocks....i can remember standing in line for 30 minutes every saturday just to get a fresh loaf of bread MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.....greatest bread ever

hindes204
03-26-2009, 12:09 AM
hmmm. kinda reminds me of lawrenceville which is only 30 blocks from downtown. as a foreigner (from NM and the southwest) who has spent about 6 summers there, i can say i felt what you describe, both as a kid and as an adult.

im not too familiar with suburban pittsburgh. but ive taken hunnerds of bus rides, to go to the games, downtown, the malls, kennywood, to the museum, etc. so that tells you the majority and the types of folks ive encountered. lots of interesting characters on the bus. :chuckle:

its a very culturally diverse bunch and a bit more segregated (as i suppose most big cities with large immigration populations are) compared to what im used to, growing up on military bases and in indian/mexico country.

ive been looked at funny plenty of times walking by a stranger sitting on their porch and saying "how ya doin?".

of course in a southwestern small town a smile and a nod, or a tip of the cap is just a common courtesey and making eye contact isnt considered a threat.

but i LOVE it. i love the old row houses, all the different people, the brick streets, the city smell, living a block away from the allegheny, taking a walk across the bridge or up to the cemetary. strolling the strip or hanging out at market square just to people watch. i love how every neighborhood has a bar...or 12! (down here there are zoning issues). i love going to Gators for a liquid heroin and a puerto rican monkey f*(k, and to frankies for a polish sausage and a carry out beer. i love just sitting and listenning to all the regulars and then getting in on the conversation.



Been to lawrenceville many times, i used to work construction before the air force so ive seen alot of da burgh, met alot of interesting people

not alot of "how ya doins" in my part of the city...not unless you were ready to throw down......or duck the :m16:

xfl2001fan
03-26-2009, 06:17 AM
you have to go to "perogies plus" on island ave too, i grew up right down the street from it, best perogies EVER!!!!


http://www.pierogiesplus.com/

That'll be more for my wife. I like pierogies like I like cheeseburgers...they're good to eat...but nothing that I would do a handstand for. I've always been more ove a sandwhich/sub person...or some good (i.e. authentic) italian.

xfl2001fan
03-26-2009, 06:25 AM
One thing I have noticed about Pittsburgh is that the people are more southern then the other people from the Rust Belt cities. I spent a lot of time in Cleveland, Cincy and now live in Detroit. I also lived in Georgia and Florida when I was a kid…and my Parents currently live in Louisville.

The "Rust Belt" is Western PA, Ohio, Northern Indiana, Southern Michigan, and up to the Chicago area. People tend to keep to themselves, always in a hurry, lacking basic manners (saying thank you, or holding doors for people, driving etiquette, etc.). I think it has something to do with the hard, industrialized landscape and the harsh winters…it is definitely cultural.

Pittsburgh people tend to be more polite, in general, and much more laid back then other Rust Belt cities and people. Especially those from the Detroit area. The culture changes when I visit my parents in Louisville…the people there remind me more of Pittsburghers. More friendly and not so "in their own worlds".

Does any of this make sense?

:noidea:

Absolutely it makes sense. I've always felt that people (in general) where as "warm" as the weather they grew up in. My mom was raised near USC before moving to OH (after Grandpa retired from the Navy) so she raised us to be more open/friendly. I get lots of funny looks, because the instant I hear someone say "Hi", I return it, whether they're talking to me or not. Most of my friends are used to it by now...so they just roll with it...but for a perfect stranger who grew up in northern OH...not so much.

Now, I live so far out in the country, that I can't see my neighbors houses through the trees (except in the dead of winter.) It's nice and quiet...but that also lends itself to livnig "in my own world." I've met my neighbors and all, but most are signifcantly older than my wife and I (retired) and aren't typically around through the winter anyways. I know the old couple on the North side of our property are really nice....I help Jerry work on his lawn mower when it needs fixed (sharpen the blades and such). My wife trades recipes with his wife (her name ALWAYS escapes me...) when they return from Florida (which should be in the next week or so) to start the spring cleaning process...and plan for the gardening/canning season.

X-Terminator
03-26-2009, 07:54 AM
Pierogies Plus makes the BEST pierogies anywhere!!! :thumbsup::applaudit: Their potato and cheese pierogies, as well as their meat pierogies, are simply off the charts delish! Their haluski is to DIE FOR!!! I try to get there at least once a month - I have to work out a little more the following day - LOL! :chuckle:

hindes - I'm sure you visited the Jenny Lee Bakery right up Island Avenue from Pierogies Plus. They went out of business a short time ago shortly after that devastating fire - I miss that place soooooo much! :tombstone:

OK that's it - we need to make a trip to Pierogies Plus ASAP! :chuckle:

And I miss Jenny Lee Bakery too. It's a shame that they couldn't rebuild and stay in business after the fire. They had the best doughnuts in town, period.

hindes - I've not been to the Mancini's in The Rocks in quite some time, but it is an awesome place. Have you ever been to The Breadworks on the North Side? It's literally right down the hill from where I grew up, which isn't a great neighborhood either. But the bread is great, and the smell is even better!

Hammer67
03-26-2009, 08:13 AM
Absolutely it makes sense. I've always felt that people (in general) where as "warm" as the weather they grew up in. My mom was raised near USC before moving to OH (after Grandpa retired from the Navy) so she raised us to be more open/friendly. I get lots of funny looks, because the instant I hear someone say "Hi", I return it, whether they're talking to me or not. Most of my friends are used to it by now...so they just roll with it...but for a perfect stranger who grew up in northern OH...not so much.

Now, I live so far out in the country, that I can't see my neighbors houses through the trees (except in the dead of winter.) It's nice and quiet...but that also lends itself to livnig "in my own world." I've met my neighbors and all, but most are signifcantly older than my wife and I (retired) and aren't typically around through the winter anyways. I know the old couple on the North side of our property are really nice....I help Jerry work on his lawn mower when it needs fixed (sharpen the blades and such). My wife trades recipes with his wife (her name ALWAYS escapes me...) when they return from Florida (which should be in the next week or so) to start the spring cleaning process...and plan for the gardening/canning season.

True, and I am definitly genralizing, of course. There are assholes and nice people no matter where you go, north or south. But, in terms of an overall attitude in the region. I notice a difference. When I moved from Pittsburgh to Detroit, I had to noticeably change my driving habits. People here are agressive on the roads, don't like to let you merge, always are on cell phones while driving, sudo-tailgate and rarely use turn signals. If someone gives you a courtasy wave for letting them merge, it's maybe 1 in 20. I know this happens everywhere, but I noticed it trending majorly in the Southern Michigan and northern Ohio areas...it was totally noticeable. Now, when drive back to Pittsburgh or down to Louisville, I notice the change, as does my wife, a Detroit native.

In fact, since she has known me, I have heard her say "Wow, people from this town sure are nice" when talking about Pittsburgh.

It fascinates me that culturally, these things tend to happen. I also notice that it is also affected by age (generational).