So I was browsing through Yahoo News yesterday when I saw a headline that I immediately knew who they were talking about.
City is the new Hollywood.
It’s Pittsburgh. Yes, it is. You see, Pittsburgh offers this amazing tax credit to film companies, and it’s just an awesome city. So, studios bring their projects here to do their filming.
I have to give credit to George A. Romero for really bringing us into the Hollywood spot light. He was using the awesomeness of southwestern Pa back in the 80’s to create amazing movies. (ZOMBIES!!!!) Since then, our little steel mill town has transformed. While our history is rich, we got the stigma of being a dirty, smoggy city. And for whatever reason people across the country, people who have never been here, still see us as a smoggy, dirty city.
We are not. Pittsburgh has cleaned up drastically in the past 100 years. Most of our steel mills are closed down. Downtown is mainly lawyers offices, schools, and restaurants. UPMC is centered in Oakland, a small town that is literally 5 minutes from downtown. Carlow, Duquesne, Pitt, Carnegie Mellon…they’re all within minutes of downtown. We have the Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins. There is the cultural district where you can see the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, and many art galleries. There are amazing restaurants, amusement parks, our zoo, and so many parks.
We have a lot to offer now-a-days. If you travel an hour south you’ll be face-to-face with a 5 star resort. And if you don’t like city living, go to any of the suburbs that are right outside of the city, and it’s like a completely different place. I grew up in the suburbs, half an hour away from downtown, and it was like being in a different world. There was green grass, trees, and cows.
Southwestern Pa is a very diverse, and wonderful area. I love it. As much as I love visiting other cities, and areas…I’d never move away from here. (Okay, I do want to move AWAY from where I am not, but I wouldn’t leave S.W. Pa)
I’m proud to be from Pittsburgh. I’m happy to see this amazing transform from its smoggy routes of a steel mill town, to an area that is getting recognition for its diversity.
So, YAY Pittsburgh!