A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO PITTSBURGH
Pittsburgh has a charm and allure that sets it apart from the other great eastern cities. It’s not overwhelming. It has relatively little public transportation outside of its bus system. Its neighborhoods are each so unlike the others that at times it’s hard to believe one is still in Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh’s charm is that of the Rust Belt city. Pittsburgh is a grade-A Rust Belt city: complete with dying industry along its waterfronts, dive bars (real dive bars) on every corner, what seems like hundreds of massive steel bridges, thousands of miles of railroad tracks and cheap everything.
Pittsburgh is not just another notch in the Rust Belt, though. It is much more than a has-been. Rather, it has consistently proven itself over the years to be one of the most dynamic and bold of American cities: malleable towards the new, yet unwilling to destroy the reminders of its fading past. A trip to Pittsburgh reveals at the same time new skyscrapers, a surprisingly resilient downtown, dynamic and changing neighborhoods and large cultural centers and districts — all along with the typical Rust Belt imagery of forgotten industry and abandoned factories.
There’s something for everyone in Pittsburgh. It has small city charm in the broad steel bones of a big city.
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Northeast Guide Chris Giuliano is a photographer and student living in the NY/NJ/PA region. Traveling throughout these states, and often to other places as well, he is able to see and capture a wide variety of life, and hopes to portray the way he sees the world to other people through his photographs. Follow on his blog, chrisgphoto.wordpress.com, and his website, chrisgiuliano.com.