We're thankful for Pittsburgh for many reasons - here are some of them.
Every November, we try to slow down and appreciate the little things more. We remember how grateful we are for our loved ones, the opportunities we've been given, the adventures we've had. We're grateful for the places we're from, and all of the places we've been.
In the past few weeks following the heartbreak in our beloved city, Pittsburghers and people around the world have felt the strength of the Pittsburgh community and the pride for what this city represents. For us living in Pittsburgh or for those just stopping by, here are a few reminders of things about Pittsburgh we can all be thankful for:
The Pittsburgh Steelers have won more Super Bowls (six!) than any other NFL team. The Pittsburgh Penguins have won the Stanley Cup five times; twice in the past two years. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won the World Series five times (even if the past few thirty-eight seasons haven't been their best showing). Pittsburgh is a sports town that's truly worthy of all of black and gold we bleed for it day in and day out.
Pittsburgh has more bridges than any other city in the entire world. 446, to be exact. While they're beautiful to look at, they are also part of many iconic Pittsburgh traditions. From walking across the Roberto Clemente bridge before a Pirates home game at PNC Park, to being the spot to hold concerts for Light Up Night, to Picklesburgh festivities, Pittsburghers know how to make the most out of our bridges.
Over the past few years in particular, you might recognize some places around the Burgh as the backdrop for scenes from your favorite flicks. The Dark Knight Rises, Jack Reacher, Foxcatcher, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower are just a few recent films that were filmed in Pittsburgh. Being close to all of the star power without the LA traffic is something we can all definitely appreciate.
Not only is the scenery in films home to Pittsburgh, but some of the most famous actors and actresses call the Burgh their hometown. From Gene Kelly to Michael Keaton, and Joe Manganiello to Joe Montana, Pittsburgh has had a long and storied history of being home to some serious talent; both on the screen and on the field.
Over recent years, Pittsburgh has grown a new reputation for itself as a foodie city. But Pittsburghers know we’ve always had some of the best eats around. We take pride in the staples that were born here – like Heinz Ketchup, The Big Mac and the Klondike Bar. And those dishes you just can’t get anywhere else like you can in Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh salads (any salad with French fries on top), our beloved Primanti Bros. sandwiches, and of course, pierogis.
Can you believe that a city with legendary sports teams, first-class restaurants, and iconic views is also home to some of the coolest places to appreciate art? It's absolutely true! There are over 30 visual art museums in Pittsburgh; the most famous arguably being the Andy Warhol Museum. From the Mattress Factory and the Carnegie Museum of Art to Randyland, there's something for everybody. And that's not even mentioning our amazing performing arts organizations like our grammy award winning Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Opera, and our Pittsburgh Ballet Theater to name just a few.
There’s just something about the way the three rivers frame the Pittsburgh skyline that never gets old. The rivers themselves always offer new entertainment. Whether it’s kayaking, boating or taking the Gateway Clipper, there are endless ways to make the most of the rivers that serve as our foundation, both figuratively and literally, to the Steel City.
When it comes to comeback post-industrial cities, there is no better example than Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh has transformed itself from a city once synonymous with the Rust Belt decline to a city that’s an emerging leader in healthcare, technology, and other industries. The economic growth in the area is attracting the attention of businesses, visitors, and residents alike. It’s safe to say this is just the beginning of exciting things to come for the Steel City.
When you think of colors relating to Pittsburgh, black and yellow are always the first two on the tip of the tongue. But green should be the next one on your list. The city that was once notorious for industrial pollution has undergone an environmental transformation through efforts directed at investing in our iconic rivers, trails throughout the city, and more. The Steel City boasts 150 LEED-Certified buildings and is home to the world’s first green convention center, David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Pittsburgh has become a green model used by cities all over the world.
If you take away all the other items on this list, you’d still have the one thing that we find ourselves so thankful for, day in and day out, and that’s the people of Pittsburgh. Pittsburghers are truly one of a kind and what makes the Steel City so great. They’re the people who smile and greet each other, take care of their neighbors, and carry the sense of pride in the Steel City, that will make you feel at home, whether you’re in fact born here or just visiting. Pittsburgh welcomes us all.
Kim is a Pittsburgh native with a serious travel bug who loves music, running, and exploring all the Burgh has to offer. Follow her adventures across the country and around the globe on Twitter and Instagram at @fromtheroadimon or check out her website!