Monday, August 14, 2006


"The three most beautiful cities in the world are Paris; St. Petersburg, Russia; and Pittsburgh. If Pittsburgh were situated somewhere in the heart of Europe, tourists would eagerly journey hundreds of miles out of their way to visit it." (Brendan Gill, architecture writer for The New Yorker)
I grew up on the North Side of Pittsburgh, on a hill overlooking the city's downtown. If you have an image of Pittsburgh as an ugly, dirty city, well you couldn't be more wrong. Checkout these pictures. If you search for the word "fineview" you’ll find a picture that was taken a hundred yards or so from my childhood house. And the reason our neighborhood was named Fineview will be apparent.

Not to mention that we are the reigning super-bowl champs, and that makes five of ‘em.

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