City of bridges
30 Aug 2008
What city do you live in? What neighborhood?
Currently I live in Pittsburgh, PA. The city was a center of steel industry before it metamorphosed into healthcare, technology, and other industries. The neighborhood where I live is called Squirrel Hill.
What are some adjectives that describe your neighborhood?
The city strikes me as quite unpretentious, what you see is very much what you get. The neighborhood is a mix of a long established community and transient residents attending nearby universities. It feels somewhat reserved but also fairly hip. It is very green, with dense trees whatever direction one looks.
How long have you lived there, and what brought you there?
I have been in Pittsburgh for just three months, so I am still exploring the city and finding my way around. A brain imaging research position at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center brought me here.
What is your favorite thing about this place? Your least favorite?
A cozy city yet feels like big cities in some ways. There is a decent dosage of cultural events, a youthful and welcoming atmosphere. Least favorite I would say the transportation during the weekend. Having no car and fully depending on public transportation, going from point A to point B needs to be carefully planned.
Do you feel that you belong there?
More or less. It's growing on me. My heart will always be in New York.
What is the most common misconception about where you live?
Pollution. Apparently the city is known for high levels of pollution. Yet I couldn't tell just by walking around surrounded by trees.
What is a special fact about your city that you have to live there to know?
Given the city's varied topography, it is no wonder it has 712 sets of stairs. Not far from the city is the famous Waterfall house by Frank Lloyd Wright. The city claims to have the most bridges of any city including Venice, as a local author points out.
What aspect of your city do you secretly love?
The cloud patterns and lighting after thunderstorms. I also love its telephone poles. Makes the city feel so... timeless.
Anything else you'd like to add?
Pittsburgh is a pretty cool place to live in (Note to self: New York rules). The city houses the excellent Andy Warhol museum, the largest museum dedicated to one artist.