My first post is up at OMGPittsburgh, a blog that was born at PodCamp Pittsburgh this year and is simply a place for those of us that love the city to write about the Burgh.

A logo, fancy header and other bells and whistles are coming soon to the site, but for now, it’s just our words.

My post is a love story.

If you live here, I think it will make you look at the city with fresh eyes today.

If you moved away, I think it will maybe make you miss the city a little bit today.

Check it out.


  1. Qlarue
    November 12, 2008 9:24 am

    That post is a work of art. You gave me chills.

  2. Chris
    November 12, 2008 9:25 am

    I am so glad that the husband is staying here. What a horrible tragedy! Father Bryce and the entire St. Bede community are just a microcosm of the great supportive environment that is Pittsburgh (my son transferred to St. Bede school a few years ago and we were welcomed with open arms and how feel like we’ve been there forever!) We made the decision about 10 years ago to change our careers just so that we could stay in Pittsburgh and have a better quality of life – we’ve never regretted it. Sure, there are things we want to see improve but that is what makes living here fun – feeling like things can always get better and we have been a part of it.

    November 12, 2008 9:26 am

    A beautiful post.

    Makes me miss it even more!!


  4. bucdaddy
    November 12, 2008 9:37 am

    I’ve had some fireworks on dates too. Boom! Bang! Bo …

    Oh wait, Mount Washington? You’re talking REAL fireworks?

    Well, then, maybe it was one of the Pirates’ three home wins that year.

  5. unsatisfied
    November 12, 2008 9:47 am

    great story, PG.

    and, interesting to see mr. scott priester replying to that story for which you used your assumed name….

    that ass.

  6. Brett
    November 12, 2008 9:47 am

    This is a lovely, lovely town full of wonderful people. Even when people move away (as I did for a time), it stays with them.

    You can take a yinzer out of the Burgh, but you can never take the Burgh out of the yinzer!

  7. three
    November 12, 2008 10:19 am

    This is a great idea, and that was a great post, PG.

    Now I know what I’m going to be thinking about as I go about my day — on the treadmill, in front of the sink, over the oven and in front of the sink again. Hopefully I’ll be able to contribute something soon — whether on that site or my own.

  8. Norman Huelsman
    November 12, 2008 10:25 am

    PittGirl, Thanks for leaving a great post and supporting the project.

    Just so everyone knows, the OMGPittsburgh Blog is open to anyone who wants to write. Just register with the site and you will automatically be made an author. The larger the community the better the site. Happy blogging.

  9. Kristin
    November 12, 2008 10:31 am

    Wow that made me tear up a little. I was born in the Burgh but my dad got laid off in the 80’s and we had to move away. We moved down south but since the rest of our family still lived in Pittsburgh, we came back to visit as much as we could. Some of my favorite memories are from visiting the city (the fireworks on the 4th at the Point, going to Idlewild and Kennywood, riding the incline, etc. I could go on and on). Whenever we drove up to visit I would make my parents go the long way just so we could go through the Fort Pitt tunnel (especially at night) so I could marvel at what a beautiful sight the city is. As I get older, I tend to miss the city more and more. My dad passed away a few years ago, and every time I come back I feel like I have a part of him there with me. I brought my boyfriend to visit this year and I was so proud and excited to show him around. He had no idea what a great city it is. I live in Charleston, SC now and it’s a great place to live (and there are fellow Steelers fans all over). But the people and the city can never compare to the Burgh.

  10. Sooska
    November 12, 2008 10:37 am

    Good Post PG. I saw that letter and thought what a brave man to write a letter to the editor expressing himself in such a personal way to an entire city. How awful for him and his family.

    Pittsburghers never know how damn good it is until they have to leave – I know.

  11. Addie
    November 12, 2008 11:11 am

    I’m a relatively-new Pittsburgh resident (it’s been a bit over two years), and I love it here. My husband and I came for grad school, bought a house in the city, and are hoping to stay here if we can find jobs after graduation.

    My question for you all is this – it seems like a lot of the people who profess love for Pittsburgh don’t actually live in the city. I understand that many people who think of “Pittsburgh” are thinking about the whole region, not just what lies between the rivers or within the city borders. But I think there is so much potential in the city, and that potential can only be realized if more people get excited about it. Yet every year, there are fewer people living in the city. So, what is it that sends people out to the suburbs? Is it taxes? Schools? Fears of crime? I’m honestly curious, and not being judgmental.

  12. dahcheet
    November 12, 2008 11:20 am

    I love the fact that Scott Priester showed up and commented. haha

  13. SesquipedalianProse
    November 12, 2008 11:27 am

    Out of the love pouring from PittGirl, I, too, professed my love for this Steel City.

    Kudos PG.

  14. scottie
    November 12, 2008 11:27 am

    I am in no relation to that other scott..the mean one. :) I’m the happy one.

    Great post . :)

  15. JessB
    November 12, 2008 11:33 am

    I went to college a mere 1.5 hours to the north of Pittsburgh, but I remember on trips home, coming around that last big bend on 279S where the city opens up and being overcome with a giant feeling of calm. I hope I never lose that.

  16. spoon
    November 12, 2008 11:42 am

    I think we all need to take a step back and pay tribute to Norm for breaking his silence.

  17. Three
    November 12, 2008 11:53 am

    @Addie: I bought my house outside of the city — not so much because I wanted to, but because I absolutely LOATHE the city’s government. The idea of my tax dollars going to such a broken and inefficient entity makes me sick — so when the time to buy came, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I have other reasons as well, but that one topped my list.

  18. ultraviolet
    November 12, 2008 12:01 pm

    uh oh lets not start the city/suburb debate again (although i do agree with you, addie)
    anyway, one thing i would have added, how much i love the different neighborhoods. i want to gag every time i visit the west (i’m looking at you, austin tx) which is just strip mall sprawl as far as the eyes can see.
    of course geography has a lot to do with that, which takes me to my next love of this area…hills, lakes, rivers, forests, oh my!

  19. momto4kidlets
    November 12, 2008 12:33 pm

    OK as if I don’t miss home enough! I was just talking to my mom about our next visit…Christmas…can’t wait! :) we may only be in VA but getting up there to visit, with work and kid’s schedules and whatnot…not always easy!!

    I remember the very first time I drove my hubby thru the Ft. Pitt tunnel…he is from AZ, had never been east before, and was just taking in all the green on one side, then the tunnels…then BOOM…CITY! and he was just like……it was so cool :) He now feels it is his second hometown :) I guess Pittsburgh has that effect on people…

  20. ScienceGeniusGirl
    November 12, 2008 1:14 pm

    @Addie: I chose to move to Swissvale when I first came here and while I genuinely enjoyed living there, I wanted and purchased a house in the City Proper. I didn’t want to be a suburbanite and I didn’t want to deal with the commute to work from outside of the City.

    Friends who have purchased houses in the suburbs claim that they buy there for the large houses and yard expanse, since they all have families. Most yards in the City are the size of postage stamps.

    I highly doubt you will have any problems finding work here unless you do something not regionally-available (like desert archaeology?) In all the years I have lived in SWPA, I have never been without work *in my field*. I am forever puzzled when people exclaim, “there are no jobs in Pittsburgh!” What? Are you kidding me?

  21. Ex-Pat Pittsburgh Girl
    November 12, 2008 2:02 pm

    Great job Pitt Girl. I was teary-eyed reading Mr. von Klimo’s letter and then when I got to the comments, sprayed coffee all over my screen when I saw that D-Bag Preister’s comment and your response.

    I’ve been away from Pittsburgh for ten and a half years. I miss it (along with friends and family) pretty much every day. I’ve been in Portland, OR for over three years and it is an absolutely beautiful, accessible and lively city, that reminds me in many ways of Pittsburgh. Where it fails though, is with the people. I’ve lived and travelled all of the US and have yet to find a place where the character, compassion and friendliness that can be found in Pittsburgh resides. I’ll be back eventually.

  22. Steelers lover
    November 12, 2008 2:03 pm

    I miss pittsburgh each and everyday, reading this post makes it sting a little bit more today.

    Thank you for finding the words to express your love of my favorite city. I can’t wait to move back!

  23. jewels
    November 12, 2008 2:44 pm

    After living in Pgh my whole life, my family moved to VA for my husband’s job a little over two years ago. Shortly after arriving and on a trip to Whole Foods, my four year old tipped the cart over and my two year old and the contents of my cart went flying. As I tried to comfort my crying kids, not one person in the store came over to see if we were OK. I was so used to the kindness of strangers that I was shocked that no one would help me. It was a rude awakening to living a new life outside of Pittsburgh. I truly miss the friendly people!

  24. Hazel
    November 12, 2008 3:06 pm

    Excellent commentary.

  25. parking chair
    November 12, 2008 3:41 pm

    Excellent writing. I think your essay settles once and for all the question of “Who will be the next great voice and conscience of Pittsburgh after the death of Fred Rogers?”

    Which is good, because Mr. Rogers never kicked pigeons and he probably would have looked terrible in do-me boots.

  26. Christina
    November 12, 2008 4:02 pm

    @ Parking Chair – seriously? Do-me boots go so right with cardigans and neckties.

  27. Caroline
    November 12, 2008 4:19 pm

    I already missed my city, you terrible woman. *cries*

    Can I has Thanksgiving yet?

  28. Dan (Not Onarato)
    November 12, 2008 4:30 pm

    I have to go with Christina on that one…

  29. HokieRider
    November 13, 2008 9:02 am

    DC is a nice place to live, but its no Pittsburgh. My job is here, but almost everyone who knows me knows that my heart is in Pgh. All of my friends and co-irkers know that I’ll be in a good mood after a Steelers/Pens victory (I’d say Buccos, but when does that happen?) and I’ll be a little blue after a loss. People here don’t have the same sense of community that you do in Pittsburgh and it is something that I miss almost every day.

    Keep up the awesome posts PG. It almost makes me feel like I’m there.

  30. Sofa King
    November 13, 2008 9:40 am

    Great post, PG. It really illustrates the exact reasons I am killing myself trying to find a job back in Pittsburgh and move out of DC once and for all. It’s tricky trying to balance a day job with interviewing up there, but I’m hoping it will pay off soon…it would’ve already if it weren’t for the damn economically-induced hiring freezes.

    One of the folks I met with about a position up there wasn’t from the area, and told me how it takes an adjustment to get used to the open, hospitable nature of people in SWPA. He said that he was at first put-off by how “nebby” people seemed to be, delving a lot into personal details of his family life, but that he was truly amazed at the outpouring of support he received from his new neighbors and colleagues when his wife was struggling through some serious health issues.

    Hokie, your post sounds so much like me it’s uncanny…then again, there are probably a million other folks in the DC area who could say the same thing.

  31. Scott R Priester
    November 13, 2008 10:05 am

    [quote]14.scottie said …

    I am in no relation to that other scott..the mean one. :) I’m the happy one.

    Great post . :)[/quote]

    Mean? What makes me mean, and who says I’m not happy? This has been the greatest year of my life, I’ve never been happier?

    [quote]12.dahcheet said …

    I love the fact that Scott Priester showed up and commented. haha[/quote]

    Ha Ha!!!!

    I thought it was cool to find another Pittsburgh link, and wanted to express my feelings about our new home. Ha Ha!!!