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Thursday, November 17, 2005

Pittsburgh Positives!

As promised, I am going to try to run through the brighter side of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh has so many great qualities. There are so many, in fact, that I cannot list them all. I will try to list a couple though. I will probably take a more sophisticated stab at this later. Let me know what you think. Not bad though, eh?

- Nationally leading research institutions (Carnegie Mellon, Pitt)
- Recognized college town (CMU, Pitt, Duquesne, Chatham, Carlow, W&J, etc)
- Recognized center for the arts (Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Museum, Warhol)
- #1 Ranked City that Rocks by Esquire for emerging music
- Home to one of the best health care systems in the world (UPMC)
- #1 Ranked Baseball Park according to Readers Digest
- Home of 4 time superbowl, 5 time division NFL champion Steelers
- 7th best city to "Live and Play" by Men's Journal
- 7 Fortune 500 company headquarters
- Concentration of affluent individuals/families (Hillman, Mellon, Heinz, Scaife)
- History of innovation (Mellon, Carnegie, Westinghouse, Rockwell, Schwab)
- Big city ameneties, small-town values
- Low cost of living
- Fantastic airport
- Beautiful skyline
- Stong non-profit foundations to promote the region
- Strong manufacturing industry

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