Skip to comments.Best of the World 2012 (Pittsburgh, PA makes list!!)
Posted on 03/16/2012 11:52:35 AM PDT by dickmc
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Extreme Metropolitan Makeover
Three rivers. One reinvented city. On all counts, the Steel Citys 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.
Pittsburghs century-wide swath of architectural styles persuaded British film director Christopher Nolan to use downtown as a stand-in for Gotham City in this summers 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).
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!
I visit Pitt. for about a week every year, related to my cartoon fan conv. that brings $3-4 mil. into the economy. Nice.
Da Burgh ping needed
Try naming any other city skyline which even comes close.
Great picture! Thanks for posting it...
"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."
Only one problem: Allegheny County votes 68% straight Democrat in most elections.
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.
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.
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.
Not knocking Shanghai, grant you. Particularly when you consider how far it has come. Just sayin' Pittsburgh is still better.
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.
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.
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