They’re now married, both 35, and are enthusiastic boosters of Pittsburgh, saying, “The quality of life here is They tick off the list of plusses: affordability; decent transit; beautiful green spaces; stunning architecture; historic housing stock; alluring topography...
They laugh when I pretend to run out of fingers to count all these positives.
And here's a comment that struck me, in part because it's so in synch with the point Andrews and Bricker emphasized: “If you have a passion you want to pursue, it’s easy to do it here.” As we’ll see, that’s something I heard frequently.
Wendy Downs is the founder of Moop, a handmade bag company that I profiled here recently.
Doyle and I knew each other through social networks only, so when I was in Pittsburgh in September I asked him to meet me for a beer.
We met up at the Industry Public House, a trendy bar/restaurant on Butler Street in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. She also works as a freelancer (she’s a classical musician and a journalist.) But they found they didn’t like Boston (it “felt aloof and pricey”), they had no ties there, and its only redeeming feature was that it’s “close to laid-back Maine.”So, they decided to leave Boston. To answer that question, they went on a long road trip across the United States to try to figure out what city they wanted to live in next.
Downs notes that in the past five years, "it feels like the cost of living has increased a lot" in Pittsburgh.
She notes, for example, the expensive new shops and restaurants in East Liberty near Google's relatively new local headquarters.C.; Raleigh, North Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina; Asheville, North Carolina; Austin, Texas; Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; Spokane, Washington; and Bozeman, Montana.They ultimately decided that Pittsburgh should be their new home."If you're young in Pittsburgh and those are the kinds of places you like to go to, it feels more expensive now, but, of course, it's all relative to what you're used to."Downs got that bit of perspective recently when she was in Portland, Oregon, for business. After college in Indiana, he moved back to Denver and took an advertising job at an in-house agency for Coors.Feeling that the job was “way too corporate” for his comfort and that “everything in Denver was becoming so unaffordable,” Stephan moved to Pittsburgh in 2001, “suitcase in hand,” to do an internship at public-radio station WYEP. But thirteen years later, he’s still there and has adopted Pittsburgh as his home.“I was immediately struck by how open and accessible the city was,” he told me.Thompson’s case in a nutshell: He writes about a study that looks into which cities in the United States still offer some opportunity to pursue the American Dream—those having a magical combination of social mobility and affordability.