Many of you know that Peter and I took a 20 day road trip last spring to and through the midwest. Our destination was a graduation in Bloomington Indiana, but we stopped in Philadelphia (twice), Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Michigan City (Indiana), Chicago, Charleston (West Virginia), and Washington D.C. too. Believe it or not, we're just getting to work with some of the photos we took along the way.
Pittsburgh was our second stop and is a pretty little city, the center of which is called the Golden Triangle, defined by the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, which form the Ohio River. According to Wikipedia, Pittsburgh "features 151 high-rise buildings, 446 bridges (10 of which are downtown), 2 inclined railroads, and a pre-revolutionary fort ..." Colloquially, Pittsburgh is known as "The City of Bridges" and "The Steel City" for its many bridges and its former steel manufacturing base.
Beginning in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the steel industry in Pittsburgh began to implode and the collapse was so complete that there are no steel mills left in Pittsburgh today. The primary industries in Pittsburgh today have shifted toward technology, healthcare, robotics, education and financial services. Pittsburgh is headquarters to PNC Financial Services and Federated Investors, and is regional headquarters for BNY Mellon - my alma mater.
Many publications have ranked Pittsburgh highly in "livability" defined by cost-of-living, crime, and cultural opportunities. Most recently (2010), Forbes listed Pittsburgh as the most livable city in the U.S., the 7th best place to raise a family, and the 4th best city for working mothers. Setting its "livability" aside however, Peter and I found our attraction to the city to be in its architecture which is quite modern and strikingly beautiful. Take a look. This is a two-part post. Today's slide show is Pittsburgh from my perspective; Wednesday's will be Peter's. We hope you enjoy seeing this city in a new light - perhaps you'll find yourself as pleasantly surprised as we were.
Photos & Slide Show ©2010 Claudia Ward
Music: Pittsburgh by George Stetten
Coming soon (we hope): Chicago, Washington DC and Philadelphia!