Want to find out why you do the things you do? Today's New York Times runs a bit of analysis on why Pittsburgh is the way it is. It's written by a former resident, who is apparently moving back after years in the larger world. Here's a snippet:
For several years in a row back in the 80's, Pittsburgh was ranked the No. 1 place to live in the country, to the incredulity of its own citizens. Despite historic architecture, a distinguished cultural heritage, a scenic location and an ethnically diverse community, most Pittsburghers are remarkably lacking in civic pride. The city's inferiority complex is chronic, and its roots run deep.
This is pretty standard fare. An industrial city in a post-industrial age and all that. Angst. You know the story. But I think it does become a bit more interesting when positioned in the New York Times.
It just strikes me as odd. Or it strikes me that people consider Pittsburgh odd. Even exotic. Like we are some lost tribe in the Amazon basin, in need of study. "Why DO they love those Steelers so?" or "Contrary to reports issued by sociologists on the first expedition, the city is not, in fact, a smoke-filled shit-hole." or "The locals, lacking a sound grounding in science and culture, live on a diet consisting of lard, pastrami and sandwiches that, oh so delightfully, come complete with french fries. And they smoke in bars. Incredible, really."
Call me provincial, but I prefer this local take.