Right now I live next door to a building that used to house a business. Said business relocated to a different neighborhood, which is sad for those of us who liked to shop there. However, it does create the delightful state of affairs in which I can now describe where I live in terms of something that used to be there (and it wasn’t an Isaly’s). This makes me feel as if, after thirteen years of city living, I am a bona fide Pittsburgher at last.
I’ve loved every moment of my time here thus far, especially getting to know all the wonderful people. Pittsburghers are just like their iconic spokesman, Mister Rogers: friendly folks who start conversations on buses, cheerfully perform random acts of kindness , and of course, give helpful directions.
Feel like being part of — or even more of a part of — Pittsburgh’s neighborly phenomenon? Next time you stop by Main Library, please consider supporting our colleagues in the Children’s Department by contributing to their latest Rogersian effort. Between now and April 16 you can support the Mommy & Me Food Drive, which benefits our friends and neighbors at Community Human Services, by bringing a low-sugar, non-perishable food item with you next time you visit. We always love to see you when you come in, but we’ll be super-excited if you choose to support the library and the Oakland community in this way, at this time.
My own Pittsburgh story is, I’m sure, just beginning, and I can’t wait to see what the chapters ahead reveal. All I know for certain is that it will never be boring! Not with wonderful friends and neighbors like you.