Pittsburgh in a Few Words

If you were to describe Pittsburgh in one word, what would it be?

Eclectic
Nicholas Kyriazi
Biomedical Engineer, NIOSH

Divided
Adelle Wright
Manager of a tax credit retirement residence

Green
Joe Hredzak
Engineering Analyst

Quirky
Eric Miller
New Colonist Editor

If someone told you they were moving to Pittsburgh, what advice would you give them?

No advice is needed
Nicholas Kyriazi

Unlike in other big cities, neighborhoods close to downtown are safe. One doesn’t have to live out in the new suburbs. Older areas have much to offer.
Joe Hredzak

Be open to people who are not open minded
Eric Miller

If a tourist had one hour to spend in Pittsburgh, what one thing would you tell them to see?

The Duquesne Incline
Nicholas Kyriazi
Mt. Washington
Adelle Wright

Oakland, for its stunning architecture, universities, restaurants, and museums, even though one could not visit it all in an hour
Joe Hredzak

Any old building still standing…they’re coming down fast
Eric Miller

What’s the best thing about Pittsburgh?

The topography
Nicholas Kyriazi

People are still quaint and parochial in their ethnic thinking
Adelle Wright

The topography which makes the area very scenic and gives neighborhoods their definite boundries. There is no feeling of urban sprawl as in flatter cities
Joe Hredzak

The Allegheny River Walk
Eric Miller

What’s the worst thing about Pittsburgh?

Litter
Nicholas Kyriazi

Inherent racism against gays, people of color and neighborhoods
Adelle Wright

Too many local governments that impede area progess by their “not in my back yard” mentality
Joe Hredzak

The mud you inevitably sink into
Eric Miller

If you had the opportunity to move, would you? And if so, where would you go?

No
Nicholas Kyriazi

YES YES YES… I would move to either Columbus, Ohio, or San Francisco
Adelle Wright

I would not move
Joe Hredzak

I did
Eric Miller

About Eric Miller

Rick and I started this web magazine as The New Colonist back in 1999. I was in San Francisco, and he was in Los Angeles. We had a common interest in sustainability and city life. We're still at it. Today I am happy to have lived in both New York, San Francisco and Pittsburgh and to now reside in Dallas. Find more at ericmiller.me