Pittsburgh, a Newcomer’s Perspective

It has been a little over three years now since I moved to Pittsburgh. I’m happy to report that my homesickness is abating, enough for me to recognize and appreciate some things I’ve come to like* about living in this city.


View from Grandview Avenue, Mount Washington

  • WQED, FM 89.3. Twenty four hours of classical music; the station back home is classical only during the day.

  • The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Yes, I work here but even if I didn’t, I’d still be using it all the time for free books, ebooks, and music, not to mention free music performances and lectures.

  • The somewhat more temperate climate and longer growing season; I come from the Great Lakes state, and it’s much colder there longer.

  • The walkability of life in a big city; I love that I can take public transit or walk downtown, which is less than 3 miles away from where I live…

  • In Chatham Village on Mount Washington, an historic garden cooperative that is like living in a park.


Chatham Village, Mount Washington

  • The lower cost of living, from food to housing to car insurance.

  • It’s only two hours to Lake Erie, which I visit every year for my Great Lakes’ fix.


Lake Erie

  • Since Pennsylvania was one of the original thirteen colonies, it’s in the heart of many historic sites in American history, a joy for this history lover.
  • Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, a professional ballet company; I’ve been attending their wonderful performances since I moved here.


*There are a few hassles: expensive annual car inspections are required; you’re not permitted to buy alcohol in drugstores or supermarkets or even by mail; and initial driver’s license & car registration applications are done in two different locations. But, hey, no place is perfect, right?


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14 responses to “Pittsburgh, a Newcomer’s Perspective

  1. david

    welcome, I’d LOVE to show you around

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  3. With the exception of going off to college, I lived in southeast Michigan for 17 years, but moved to Pittsburgh 16 years ago, and I love it here! I especially like the more interesting terrain, lots of hills for running and hiking.

  4. It sounds wonderful with lots of cultural things to do. OMG, having a 24 hour radio station would be wonderful. I listen to iTunes radio since we can sometimes pick up the French stations from Saint Martin etc.

  5. I used to live in Western Maryland and always wanted to visit Pittsburgh. I never got up there. Now I’m in Gettysburg and still hoping to visit.

  6. That looks like a very nice place to live :) I love historical sites as well. Maybe I’ll have to visit Pittsburgh someday soon.

  7. My wife and I also moved to Pittsburgh a little more than three years ago. I’ve grown to really like the city, but we would very much like to return to our native New England in a few years. We like the ‘Burgh, but it will never be “home.”

  8. Moataz AbdulGhaffar

    I’m so agree with, my dear. I’m from Egypt, and when I visited Pittsburgh, I just fall in love with the city: The calmness, the peace, the beauty, the goodness in people. Everything is just perfect! :)) <3 I wish I can go there again.

  9. Lee

    Maria! I’m a recent Villager, too! Love it…and after living in a rather remote part of PA for 30 years, I LOVE that I can actually walk to a library. The Mt. Washington branch is wonderful!

  10. …love the mental images and more importantly the positive light you shine on PA…it’s where my heart is…

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