If there are typos in this post I apologize I am currently hurdling south on I75 towards Pittsburgh and typing with my thumbs. I have been away from the Burgh for the past two weeks for a combination of fun and work trips that’s taken me from Switzerland to Vegas and a couple places in between and for the entire time it hasn’t been hard to remember why I call the Burgh home and always will.
Everyone needs something to call home. For many its a set of people or a person, for others its a company, still others call a cause home. For me, it is Pittsburgh. I love the place for all it has done for me; for giving me a place to grow up, for teaching me to join strangers in embracing the black and gold, for bringing my family together, for the wonderland that is Carson Street on a Friday night and for so much more. These are all things that many different places provide many different people though. Why choose Pittsburgh as home?
The thing Pittsburgh has that I love more than anything else about it is its sense of place, of identity. Most Pittsburghers can’t realize how rare that is. I have lived a few places and traveled to dozens and can only think of a few places with as much sense of identity (NYC, The Valley, Boulder). It is the kind of identity normally reserved for colleges and countries. Its both what makes Pittsburgh great today and what gives it so much potential.
In the world of the creative class, of the free agent nation, of roll overable 401ks, short-term contracts, apartment living, video chat and cheap air travel there are fewer and fewer communities that are built on place. This creates an opportunity for Pittsburgh because there are still plenty of people who crave that particular sense of community. As we welcome these souls to Pittsburgh I am excited to see what our community can build, whether its the techies like me, the artists, the architects, or anyone else. What we will do for Pittsburgh will make it even more amazing, even more my home than it is today.