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Best of the World 2012 (Pittsburgh, PA makes list!!)
National Geographic ^ | 2012 | Unknown

Posted on 03/16/2012 11:52:35 AM PDT by dickmc

What places are calling your name for 2012? Whatever your mood, Traveler magazine has a recommendation for you—from the romantic hills of Croatia to the perfect beach in Thailand.


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Miscellaneous; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: 2012; best; pittsburgh; world
Pittsburgh

Extreme Metropolitan Makeover

Three rivers. One reinvented city. On all counts, the Steel City’s transformation over the past quarter century qualifies as revolutionary. Its mourning for its industrial past long concluded, this western Pennsylvania city changed jobs and reclaimed its major assets: a natural setting that rivals Lisbon and San Francisco, a wealth of fine art and architecture, and a quirky sense of humor.

Pittsburgh’s century-wide swath of architectural styles persuaded British film director Christopher Nolan to use downtown as a stand-in for Gotham City in this summer’s Dark Knight Rises. Sustainable design has transformed Victorian landmarks like the glass-domed Phipps Conservatory and created contemporary ones like the swooping waterfront convention center (above).

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While Pittsburgh is rather pretty particularly from the top of Mt. Washington overlooking downtown and the three rivers, a trip to Costa Brave Spain (also on the list) would not be too bad!

1 posted on 03/16/2012 11:52:47 AM PDT by dickmc
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To: dickmc

I visit Pitt. for about a week every year, related to my cartoon fan conv. that brings $3-4 mil. into the economy. Nice.


2 posted on 03/16/2012 11:59:48 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: dickmc

Thailand?


3 posted on 03/16/2012 12:06:13 PM PDT by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: martin_fierro

Da Burgh ping needed


4 posted on 03/16/2012 12:09:58 PM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: dickmc

Our downtown skyline is second to nowhere else in the world. That fountain you see in the foreground where the three rivers meet is both the site of the flashpoint which started the French and Indian War which led to the birth of our great nation and the launch point for the journey of Lewis and Clark which led to our westward expansion.

Try naming any other city skyline which even comes close.

5 posted on 03/16/2012 12:17:03 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vigilanteman

Great picture! Thanks for posting it...


6 posted on 03/16/2012 12:25:06 PM PDT by MASS-2 FAC (Get premium health care - run for congress)
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To: Vigilanteman
Pittsburg, CA


7 posted on 03/16/2012 12:28:39 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Vigilanteman

Shanghai.

8 posted on 03/16/2012 12:29:17 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: floralamiss

FYI :-*


9 posted on 03/16/2012 12:32:34 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: andy58-in-nh
This blew my mind when I first saw it:


10 posted on 03/16/2012 12:33:38 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: dickmc
I grew up just outside the city. Interesting little factoid here...

"A 2006 study determined that Pittsburgh has 446 bridges, and with its proximity to three major rivers and countless hills and ravines, Pittsburgh is known as "The City of Bridges". Pittsburgh is the world record holder for bridges with piers and stands contained entirely within city limits, beating out Venice, Italy, the previous record holder by 3 bridges. There are many more bridges in Pittsburgh that are not counted toward the world record as they lack piers."

11 posted on 03/16/2012 12:35:10 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: dickmc
Shhh! Don't yins tell anybody how nice the 'burgh is. We wanna keep it a secret 'n'nat.

Only one problem: Allegheny County votes 68% straight Democrat in most elections.

12 posted on 03/16/2012 12:35:51 PM PDT by eCSMaster (Conservative patriots, Rise up!)
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To: dfwgator

I saw that, too. The sad thing is that America used to build cities like that. Now we just sue each other and beg the government for scraps.


13 posted on 03/16/2012 12:44:47 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: raccoonradio

Pittsburgh is a wonderful city. For a city that went through hell in the last half century. They bounced back because of the people and not govt !


14 posted on 03/16/2012 12:53:01 PM PDT by se_ohio_young_conservative
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative
Pittsburgh is a wonderful city. For a city that went through hell in the last half century. They bounced back because of the people and not govt !

I wish Detroit would take notes on what Pittsburgh did.

15 posted on 03/16/2012 12:58:47 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Vigilanteman

All that, and we have a proper entrance, too.

Pop through a tunnel on an otherwise mundane interstate highway and bang! it all hits you in the face.

Nowhere else has that presentation, except perhaps Toontown.


16 posted on 03/16/2012 1:03:02 PM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: andy58-in-nh
Very impressive, indeed. But where's the balance? And the history? And the three rivers which meet at the point.

Not knocking Shanghai, grant you. Particularly when you consider how far it has come. Just sayin' Pittsburgh is still better.

17 posted on 03/16/2012 1:08:52 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vigilanteman
Not knocking Shanghai, grant you. Particularly when you consider how far it has come. Just sayin' Pittsburgh is still better.

Agreed. I have been to Shanghai and Pittsburgh has them beat.
18 posted on 03/16/2012 1:50:59 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: Vigilanteman

I’ll grant you this: given the choice, I’d much rather live in Pittsburgh - if only to be able to drive by Casa D’Ice’s place over in North Versailles and read his awesome signs.


19 posted on 03/16/2012 1:59:20 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: eCSMaster

It only went to Obama 57%.

He actually did worse in the Pittsburgh metro area than in any other major northern metro area besides Cincinnati (and Indianapolis if you exclude Lawrence County). Thankfully, western Pa is no longer the D stronghold it was when I was growing up there. So, I had to move to Chicago to be at home again politically.


20 posted on 03/16/2012 2:58:37 PM PDT by WPaCon
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To: Joe 6-pack

Ever since you took me through the tunnel, I’ve had this “thing” for Pittsburgh! What is it about these past six months? I just keep falling in love, over and over again, with everything connected to a guy named “Joe”. With the beautiful “City of Bridges” beckoning, it’s particularly easy. :-*


21 posted on 03/16/2012 5:30:38 PM PDT by floralamiss
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To: floralamiss
You should check it out during winter time...


22 posted on 03/16/2012 5:36:44 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Well, darling, I intend to! :-*


23 posted on 03/16/2012 5:43:18 PM PDT by floralamiss
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To: 3catsanadog; agrace; airborne; Ayn Rand wannabe; bdeaner; Benrand; bloodmeridian; Bockscar; ...
It's a 'Burgh
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PITTSBURGH: CITY OF CHAMPIONS
and the Pirates

24 posted on 03/17/2012 12:19:49 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro; xsmommy

Interesting that it was compared to San Francisco and Lisbon. When I was in SF about 20 years ago, I did remark that it felt like da burgh. I was recently in Lisbon, and I don’t think it feels quite as much like Pittsburgh. The hills around the city of Como were reminiscent of home, including an incline.


25 posted on 03/17/2012 1:40:34 AM PDT by Explorer89 (And now, let the wild rumpus start!!)
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To: Explorer89
When I was in SF about 20 years ago, I did remark that it felt like da burgh.

I've lived in that area > 25 years now, and it's never, ever felt like da 'Burgh. < |:(~

26 posted on 03/17/2012 2:30:13 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: SoothingDave
Pop through a tunnel on an otherwise mundane interstate highway and bang! it all hits you in the face.

Ain't that the truth. Beautiful.

27 posted on 03/17/2012 3:17:38 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: martin_fierro

Just as we were driving in, the shape of the hills, with the city kind of nestled within. That is all.


28 posted on 03/17/2012 3:28:52 AM PDT by Explorer89 (And now, let the wild rumpus start!!)
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To: WPaCon
If we ever got rid of all of the voter fraud it would be closer still. There are a lot of blue collar Dems that have had more than their fill of this current crop of Limousine Libs.
29 posted on 03/17/2012 6:39:03 AM PDT by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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To: jdsteel
There are a lot of blue collar Dems that have had more than their fill of this current crop of Limousine Libs.

That's another thing I like about Pittsburgh. For a decently sized city, the liberals tend not to be the limousine libs who are the most obnoxious and seem to be the most ideologically liberal--instead our dems seem to consist more of the union types, blacks, and old people that get duped by the mainstream media.

30 posted on 03/17/2012 8:14:11 AM PDT by WPaCon
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To: martin_fierro; dickmc

BUMP!!!

31 posted on 03/17/2012 10:17:38 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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