6 Reasons Why You Should NOT Move to Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is a good place to live, a big city with a small-town feel. But it’s not without flaws that might seem odd, quirky, or off-putting to newcomers.

Pittsburghers can be brash and irreverent, and many of us have strange accents. The intensity of passionate sports fans may grate on those who don’t like the Steelers, Penguins, or Pirates.

While accents and sports are minor concerns, Pittsburgh also has some issues that might cause you to think twice about moving here.

1. We’re not just bad drivers, we are the worst.

In a recent study, Pittsburgh tied New York City for having the worst drivers in the United States. We drive too fast, carelessly change lanes, and roll through stop signs as if they are merely suggestions. It doesn’t help that road signs can be confusing and traffic jams are part of most daily commutes. Pittsburgh drivers are also notorious for slowing down when entering tunnels; a professor from Carnegie Mellon University provided a scientific explanation for this irritating phenomenon.

If you don’t believe we’re poor drivers, just listen to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell, who came here from Michigan State.

2. Our infrastructure is crumbling.

Pittsburgh tends to laud itself as city of reinvention, with technology and health care the economic engines that replaced the steel industry. But the city’s problematic infrastructure needs to be addressed in the near future.

Pittsburgh is still rebounding from a drinking water crisis that will result in dramatic rate increases over the next three years. The city’s 446 bridges are also in need of repair, with 20 considered to be “structurally deficient.” One bridge was accidentally set on fire in 2017. Even the city’s traffic light poles and street lights are subject to corrosion and decay.

3. Gentrification is increasing.

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Some of Pittsburgh’s oldest neighborhoods have benefited from an influx of affluent workers who moved here to work for Google, Uber, and Amazon. The Lawrenceville and East Liberty sections of the city, long downtrodden and neglected, were recently named the “Coolest Neighborhood in America” by Money Magazine.

But some longtime residents can no longer afford to live in these neighborhoods due to gentrification. And rental prices are also expected to increase, making it harder for those displaced by gentrification to find affordable housing.

4. We are not a sun-splashed paradise.

While the climate is relatively mild year round, there’s a catch: Pittsburgh does not get many sunny days. Pittsburgh averages about 160 days of sunshine per year, which means more than half of your days will be cloudy or overcast.

5. Public transportation is lacking.

Concerns about the financial viability of Pittsburgh’s public transportation system may soon necessitate reduced service hours and rate hikes. There are other problems that are equally vexing. Notably a third of all commuters wait more than 20 minutes every day for their transportation to arrive, a higher percentage than commuters in New York-New Jersey, Chicago, or the Bay Area.

City planners also were short-sighted when planning the city’s subway system. Known as the “T,” the light rail system that opened in 1984 extends only from the city’s North Shore to the southern suburbs, approximately 26 miles. There’s no subway service to the heavily populated northern and eastern suburbs.

6. We do weird things with pizza.

In Chicago and New York, pizza is almost sacred. In Pittsburgh, almost anything goes, including putting on the toppings– even the cheese – after the pizza is cooked.



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