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Old 03-25-2009, 11:56 AM   #1
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Default Describe Pittsburgh, PA Folks For Me

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.
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Old 03-25-2009, 12:27 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 03-25-2009, 01:28 PM   #3
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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..
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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.
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Old 03-25-2009, 01:51 PM   #5
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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.

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!

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!

Last but not least, Pittsburghers LOVE their beer! We are known as the "beer drinking town with a football problem"!
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When New Yorkers comment on how beautiful the city is, you know Pittsburgh is the real deal! 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.
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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
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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.
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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!
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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!!!!


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