History Usefulnotes / Pittsburgh

17th Feb '17 7:14:09 PM bt8257
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Pittsburgh is the second-largest city in the US state of UsefulNotes/{{Pennsylvania}}, behind UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}, and the largest city in the UsefulNotes/{{Appalachia}} region. It is located at the point where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers combine to form the Ohio River, and has more bridges than any other city in the world (even beating UsefulNotes/{{Venice}}, UsefulNotes/{{Italy}} by three). It was originally named after UsefulNotes/WilliamPittTheElder, later Prime Minister of the UK, for his role in the UsefulNotes/SevenYearsWar. It is the only city in the United States that was allowed by the Postal Service to end in "burgh" throughout the 20th century; see the entry under PleaseSelectNewCityName for details.

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Pittsburgh is the second-largest city in the US state of UsefulNotes/{{Pennsylvania}}, UsefulNotes/{{Pennsylvania}} behind UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}, and the largest city in the UsefulNotes/{{Appalachia}} region. It is located at the point where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers combine to form the Ohio River, and has more bridges than any other city in the world (even beating UsefulNotes/{{Venice}}, UsefulNotes/{{Italy}} by three). It was originally named after UsefulNotes/WilliamPittTheElder, later Prime Minister of the UK, for his role in the UsefulNotes/SevenYearsWar. It is the only city in the United States that was allowed by the Postal Service to end in "burgh" throughout the 20th century; see the entry under PleaseSelectNewCityName for details.



Despite rumors ([[UsefulNotes/AmericanAccents and colorful accent]]) to the contrary, Pittsburghers do not import R's from [[HollywoodNewEngland New England]]. The most noteworthy colloquialism is "yinz", which is generally used in the place of "you all". Other, lesser used terms are "nebby" (nosey), "gum band" (rubber band), "buggy" (shopping cart), and "n'at" (a VerbalTic that stands for "and that," meaning "and so on"). Another habit is to turn the "ow" sound into "ah," such as "downtown" becoming "dahntahn". The city's residents themselves are something of a BrokenBase. Depending on whom you ask, Pittsburgh is either a clean, beautiful, artsy, vibrant city with affordable housing, relatively low crime, and plenty of good schools and job opportunities; or it's a [[DyingTown rusted-out]], uncultured shithole with dreary weather and notorious racial tension.

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Despite rumors ([[UsefulNotes/AmericanAccents and colorful accent]]) to the contrary, Pittsburghers do not import R's from [[HollywoodNewEngland New England]]. The most noteworthy colloquialism is "yinz", which is generally used in the place of "you all". Other, lesser used terms are "nebby" (nosey), "gum band" (rubber band), "buggy" (shopping cart), and "n'at" (a VerbalTic that stands for "and that," meaning "and so on"). Another habit is to turn the "ow" sound into "ah," such as "downtown" becoming "dahntahn". The city's residents themselves are something of a BrokenBase. Depending on whom you ask, Pittsburgh is either a clean, beautiful, artsy, vibrant city with affordable housing, relatively low crime, and plenty of good schools and job opportunities; or it's a [[DyingTown rusted-out]], uncultured shithole with dreary weather and notorious racial tension.
24th Jan '17 8:02:51 PM harotype
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** William '''Pitt''', 1st Earl of '''Chatham''', who led England in the French and Indian War (Called the 7 Years War in England). Pittsburgh itself. Even today his coat of arms forms the template of the City of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh. There's also Fort Pitt, and the Fort Pitt tunnels and bridge. Chatham College in Pittsburgh is also named after his title.
** Andrew '''Carnegie''': Moved to Pittsburgh from Scotland when he was 12. The local/Scottish/correct pronunciation is "Car-NAY-gie". Started as a factory worker and worked his way to the top and beyond. The Carnegie Steel Company was the largest and most profitable industrial enterprise in the world. In his later years, he turned to philanthropy building libraries and schools. Despite all his giving, he still died a very wealthy man. The Carnegie Library System, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, The Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie-Mellon University, the Borough of Carnegie...
** Henry Clay '''Frick''': Was an American industrialist, financier, and art patron. He founded the H. C. Frick & Company coke manufacturing company, was chairman of the Carnegie Steel Company, and played a major role in the formation of the giant U.S. Steel steel manufacturing concern. Did not get along well with Carnegie at all - partly due to Carnegie ignoring his suggestions. When Carnegie tried to make amends late in life, Frick famously said to the courier "Tell him Iíll [[SeeYouInHell see him in Hell]], where we both are going." Frick Park, Frick Art and Historical Center, the Frick Building...

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** William '''Pitt''', 1st Earl of '''Chatham''', who led England as Prime Minister in the French and Indian War (Called the 7 Seven Years War in England). Pittsburgh itself. Even today his coat of arms forms the template of the City of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh. There's also Fort Pitt, and the Fort Pitt tunnels and bridge. Chatham College University in Pittsburgh is also named after his title.
** Andrew '''Carnegie''': Moved to Pittsburgh from Scotland when he was 12. The local/Scottish/correct pronunciation is "Car-NAY-gie". Started as a factory worker and worked his way to the top and beyond. The Carnegie Steel Company was the largest and most profitable industrial enterprise in the world. In his later years, he turned to philanthropy philanthropy, building libraries and schools. Despite all his giving, he still died a very wealthy man. The Carnegie Library System, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, The the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Carnegie Science Center (the last three are all operated together as "The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh"), Carnegie-Mellon University, the Borough of Carnegie...
Carnegie... Also ''Diplodocus carnegii'', whose life-size dinosaur statue, "Dippy", is located outside the enormous Oakland museum/library/music hall complex.
** Henry Clay '''Frick''': Was an American industrialist, financier, and art patron. He founded the H. C. Frick & Company coke manufacturing company, was chairman of the Carnegie Steel Company, and played a major role in the formation of the giant U.S. Steel steel [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin steel]] manufacturing concern. Did not get along well with Carnegie at all - partly due to Carnegie ignoring his suggestions.suggestions, leaving Frick as the bad guy and TakingTheBullet figuratively and literally after the bloody Homestead Steel Strike. When Carnegie tried to make amends late in life, Frick famously said to the courier "Tell him Iíll [[SeeYouInHell see him in Hell]], where we both are going." Frick Park, Frick Art and Historical Center, the Frick Building...
9th Dec '16 8:45:06 PM bonsaigroot
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* ''Film/Fences'' - 2016 adaptation of the 2010 revival of the 1988 play by the [[''Theatre/{{Fences}}'' same name]].

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* ''Film/Fences'' ''Film/{{Fences}}'' - 2016 adaptation of the 2010 revival of the 1988 1987 play by the [[''Theatre/{{Fences}}'' [[Theatre/{{Fences}} same name]].
9th Dec '16 8:42:43 PM bonsaigroot
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* ''Film/Fences'' - 2016 adaptation of the 2010 revival of the 1988 play by the [[''Theatre/{{Fences}}'' same name]].
4th Dec '16 10:43:42 AM themisterfree
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* Home base of [[WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle ...Super Chicken!]]




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* Home base of [[WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle ...Super Chicken!]]
* Though not actually shot in Pittsburgh, Nickelodeon's ''WesternAnimation/ActionLeagueNow'' utilized several on-air personalities from local radio station WDVE's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_DVE_Morning_Show morning show]] as the primary voices; the voice of "his dishonor" [[MayorPain The Mayor]] originated on WDVE as a parody of then-mayor Tom Murphy.
25th Oct '16 8:37:00 PM DesertDragon
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* Sharon Needles - DragQueen and winner of the fourth season of ''[[Series/RuPaulsDragRace [=RuPaul=]'s Drag Race]]'' Originally from Iowa, traveled the country before settling in Pittsburgh where she established her drag career before appearing on the show.
* Creator/AlaskaThunderfuck - Drag queen and Sharon's former lover who was a finalist in the fifth season; the two were the OfficialCouple of ''Drag Race'' until their split in 2013. Originally from Erie before moving to Pittsburgh after college.

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* Sharon Needles - DragQueen and winner of the fourth season of ''[[Series/RuPaulsDragRace [=RuPaul=]'s Drag Race]]'' Race]]''. Originally from Iowa, she traveled the country before settling in Pittsburgh where she established her drag career before appearing on the show.
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* Creator/AlaskaThunderfuck - Drag queen and Sharon's former lover who was a finalist in the fifth season; season and winner of ''All Stars 2''; the two were the OfficialCouple of ''Drag Race'' until their split in 2013. Originally from Erie before moving to Pittsburgh after college.
21st Oct '16 6:08:32 PM DesertDragon
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'''East End:''' The area that fans out east of Downtown, between the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers. Contains the wealthiest, as well as arguably the roughest neighborhoods in the city. There's no special Yinzer pronunciation here, since the neighborhoods are distinct enough to warrant their own mention:

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'''East End:''' The area that fans out east of Downtown, between the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers. Contains the wealthiest, as well as arguably the roughest neighborhoods in the city. There's no special Yinzer pronunciation here, since the neighborhoods are distinct enough to warrant their own mention: mention. The following are the most well-known, though there are many others:
21st Oct '16 6:07:24 PM DesertDragon
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The city of Pittsburgh is officially divided into [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters 83 different neighborhoods.]] They can be broken down more broadly into the following geographic areas.

'''Downtown:''' Sits at the point where the three rivers meet. At the point itself is a lovely park that was once the entirety of Fort Pitt and currently hosts many summer festivals--at least, the ones that don't tie up traffic on Liberty Avenue. Downtown has a fascinating architectural blend of modern office buildings with elegant 1800's and early 1900's structures. Its most notable buildings include PPG Place, which looks like a futuristic glass castle, the county courthouse, which was built in the 1800's and looks like a ''medieval'' castle, and the US Steel Tower--the tallest building in Pittsburgh--which sports the widest roof in the world for a building its size. As mentioned earlier, the area is known to yinzers as "Dahntahn."

'''North Side:''' Formerly the city of Allegheny, the population is predominantly African-American and Slavic. A very working-class area with many picturesque Orthodox churches. Heinz Field and PNC Park, the stadiums for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates, respectively, are located here, as are several museums. The Mexican War Streets are here as well, but don't let the name scare you, since it's one of the nicer neighborhoods in the region. To any yinzer, it's "Da nor'side".

'''South Hills:''' Not to be confused with "South Side", Pittsburgh's largest nightlife district which sits right across from Downtown on the Monongahela and attracts a diverse crowd of partiers every weekend: hipsters, punk rockers, hip-hop lovers, college kids, old timers, etc. The South Hills are economically diverse. In addition to said nightlife district, the neighborhoods range from million-dollar mansions and condos atop Mt. Washington as tourists line up to ride the inclines, to middle class neighborhoods like Crafton Heights and Brookline which seamlessly blend into the suburbs they border, to rougher areas like Mt. Oliver and Knoxville. To any yinzer, it's pronounced "Sahth'ills".

'''East End:''' Contains the wealthiest, as well as arguably the roughest neighborhoods in the city. There's no special yinzer pronunciation here, since the neighborhoods are distinct enough to warrant their own mention:

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The city of Pittsburgh is officially divided into [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters 83 different neighborhoods.]] They can be broken down more broadly Besides Downtown, the city is divided into North, South, and East, based the following geographic areas.

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'''Downtown:''' Sits at the point where the three rivers meet. At the point itself is a lovely park that was once the entirety of Fort Pitt and currently hosts many summer festivals--at least, the ones that don't tie up traffic on Liberty Avenue. Downtown has a fascinating architectural blend of modern office buildings with elegant 1800's and early 1900's structures. Its most notable buildings include PPG Place, which looks like a futuristic glass castle, the county courthouse, which was built in the 1800's and looks like a ''medieval'' castle, and the US Steel Tower--the tallest building in Pittsburgh--which sports the widest roof in the world for a building its size. As mentioned earlier, the The area is known to yinzers Yinzers as "Dahntahn."

'''North Side:''' Formerly the city of Allegheny, the population is predominantly African-American and Slavic. A very working-class area with many picturesque Orthodox churches. Heinz Field and PNC Park, the stadiums for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates, respectively, are located here, as are several museums. The Mexican War Streets are here as well, but don't let the name scare you, since it's one of the nicer neighborhoods in the region. To any yinzer, it's "Da nor'side".

'''South Hills:''' Not to be confused with "South Side", Pittsburgh's largest nightlife district which sits right across from Downtown on the Monongahela and attracts a diverse crowd of partiers every weekend: hipsters, punk rockers, hip-hop lovers, college kids, old timers, etc. The South Hills are economically diverse. In addition to said nightlife district, the neighborhoods range from million-dollar mansions and condos atop Mt. Washington as tourists line up to ride the inclines, to middle class neighborhoods like Crafton Heights and Brookline which seamlessly blend into the suburbs they border, to rougher areas like Mt. Oliver and Knoxville. To any yinzer, it's pronounced "Sahth'ills".

'''East End:''' The area that fans out east of Downtown, between the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers. Contains the wealthiest, as well as arguably the roughest neighborhoods in the city. There's no special yinzer Yinzer pronunciation here, since the neighborhoods are distinct enough to warrant their own mention:



'''The 'Burbs:''' The city limits of Pittsburgh contain just over 300,000 people. That may not sound like a particularly high figure for a city with 3 major league teams and a big reputation, but one must take into account the fact that Allegheny County has a population of over 1.2 million, and the extended metropolitan area over 2.3 million. The region extends into parts of northern West Virginia and southeastern Ohio. The suburbs range from industrial towns such as Clairton, [[OutOfTheFurnace Braddock,]] [[CompanyTown Ambridge]], and [[DyingTown Aliquippa]] to middle class areas such as [[AdventureTowns Beaver]] and Center and to the extremely upper-crust Upper St. Clair and Fox Chapel.

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'''North Side:''' The area north of the Allegheny River. Formerly the city of Allegheny, the population is predominantly African-American and Slavic. A very working-class area with many picturesque Orthodox churches. Heinz Field and PNC Park, the stadiums for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates, respectively, are located here, as are several museums. The Mexican War Streets are here as well, but don't let the name scare you, since it's one of the nicer neighborhoods in the region. Yinzers call it "Da nor'side".

'''South Hills:''' South of the Monongahela River, but not to be confused with "South Side"--Pittsburgh's largest nightclub district--which serves as the entry point for the South Hills. It is an economically diverse region. In addition to said nightlife district, the neighborhoods range from million-dollar mansions and condos atop Mt. Washington as tourists line up to ride the inclines, to middle class neighborhoods like Crafton Heights and Brookline which seamlessly blend into the suburbs they border, to rougher areas like Mt. Oliver and Knoxville. To any Yinzer, it's pronounced "Sahth'ills".

'''The 'Burbs:''' The city limits of Pittsburgh contain just over 300,000 people. That may not sound like a particularly high figure for a city with 3 major league teams and a big reputation, people, but one must take into account the fact that Allegheny County has a population of over 1.2 million, and the an extended metropolitan area over of 2.3 million. The region extends into parts of northern West Virginia and southeastern Ohio. The suburbs range from industrial towns such as Clairton, [[OutOfTheFurnace Braddock,]] [[CompanyTown Ambridge]], and [[DyingTown Aliquippa]] to middle class areas such as [[AdventureTowns Beaver]] and Center and to the extremely upper-crust Upper St. Clair and Fox Chapel.
17th Oct '16 11:09:23 AM DesertDragon
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Pittsburgh is the second largest city in the US state of UsefulNotes/{{Pennsylvania}}, behind UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}, and the largest city in the UsefulNotes/{{Appalachia}} region. It is located at the point where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers combine to form the Ohio River, and has more bridges than any other city in the world (even beating UsefulNotes/{{Venice}}, UsefulNotes/{{Italy}} by three). It was originally named after UsefulNotes/WilliamPittTheElder, later Prime Minister of the UK, for his role in the UsefulNotes/SevenYearsWar. It is the only city in the United States that was allowed by the Postal Service to end in "burgh" throughout the 20th century; see the entry under PleaseSelectNewCityName for details.

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Pittsburgh is the second largest second-largest city in the US state of UsefulNotes/{{Pennsylvania}}, behind UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}, and the largest city in the UsefulNotes/{{Appalachia}} region. It is located at the point where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers combine to form the Ohio River, and has more bridges than any other city in the world (even beating UsefulNotes/{{Venice}}, UsefulNotes/{{Italy}} by three). It was originally named after UsefulNotes/WilliamPittTheElder, later Prime Minister of the UK, for his role in the UsefulNotes/SevenYearsWar. It is the only city in the United States that was allowed by the Postal Service to end in "burgh" throughout the 20th century; see the entry under PleaseSelectNewCityName for details.
13th Oct '16 7:08:40 PM DesertDragon
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'''The North Side:''' Formerly the city of Allegheny, the population is predominantly African-American and Slavic. A very working-class area with many picturesque Orthodox churches. Heinz Field and PNC Park, the stadiums for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates, respectively, are located here, as are several museums. The Mexican War Streets are here as well, but don't let the name scare you, since it's one of the nicer neighborhoods in the region. To any yinzer, it's "Da nor'side".

'''The South Side:''' Not to be confused with South Side Flats, sometimes just called "South Side", Pittsburgh's largest nightlife district which sits right across from Downtown on the Monongahela and attracts a diverse crowd of partiers every weekend: hipsters, punk rockers, hip-hop lovers, college kids, old timers, etc. [[SpellMyNameWithAThe The]] South Side is economically diverse. In addition to said nightlife district, the neighborhoods range from million-dollar mansions and condos atop Mt. Washington as tourists line up to ride the inclines, to middle class neighborhoods like Crafton Heights and Brookline which seemlessly blend into the suburbs they border, to rougher areas like Mt. Oliver and Knoxville. To any yinzer, it's pronounced "Sah'side".

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'''The North '''North Side:''' Formerly the city of Allegheny, the population is predominantly African-American and Slavic. A very working-class area with many picturesque Orthodox churches. Heinz Field and PNC Park, the stadiums for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates, respectively, are located here, as are several museums. The Mexican War Streets are here as well, but don't let the name scare you, since it's one of the nicer neighborhoods in the region. To any yinzer, it's "Da nor'side".

'''The South Side:''' '''South Hills:''' Not to be confused with South Side Flats, sometimes just called "South Side", Pittsburgh's largest nightlife district which sits right across from Downtown on the Monongahela and attracts a diverse crowd of partiers every weekend: hipsters, punk rockers, hip-hop lovers, college kids, old timers, etc. [[SpellMyNameWithAThe The]] The South Side is Hills are economically diverse. In addition to said nightlife district, the neighborhoods range from million-dollar mansions and condos atop Mt. Washington as tourists line up to ride the inclines, to middle class neighborhoods like Crafton Heights and Brookline which seemlessly seamlessly blend into the suburbs they border, to rougher areas like Mt. Oliver and Knoxville. To any yinzer, it's pronounced "Sah'side".
"Sahth'ills".



* Lawrenceville: Composed primarily of rowhouses that once provided cheap housing for factory workers. With the factories gone, Lawrenceville is now trendy and artistic, the nucleus of Pittsburgh's hipster community and a frequent focal point in articles raving about Pittsburgh's coolness (much to the chagrin of people who live elsewhere). It has gotten a bit pricey these days, but it's still seen as a lower-cost alternative to...
* Shadyside: Perhaps ''the'' wealthiest and trendiest neighborhood in the city proper. Some consider it Pittsburgh's {{gayborhood}} as well, though more for well-off gays. It borders East Liberty, once a notorious ghetto before gentrification turned it around. Nowadays the distinction is increasingly blurry.
* Oakland: Contains the primary campuses of both the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie-Mellon University, giving the area a "college town" vibe (also meaning it's easy to feel old here if you're over the age of 25). The Cathedral of Learning, in the northern section, is the second tallest educational building in the world, and one of the most beautiful and recognizable buildings in the city. Since you can see it from anywhere in Oakland, it has the dubious nickname of "the drunk compass" since many late-night partiers use the building to orient themselves after a night of drinking.
* The Hill District: Long considered the cultural center of Pittsburgh's African American community. While the crime here is notorious, the area has a proud sense of community and family, and many black Pittsburghers buy homes here even if they can afford to live elsewhere. Yinzers call it "The Hill", which sounds a bit indistinct given that the city is nothing ''but'' hills, but people will know exactly what you mean.

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* Lawrenceville: Composed primarily of rowhouses that once provided cheap housing for factory workers. With the factories gone, Lawrenceville is now trendy and artistic, the nucleus of Pittsburgh's hipster community and a frequent focal point in articles raving about Pittsburgh's coolness (much to the chagrin of people who live elsewhere).elsewhere in the city). It has gotten a bit pricey these days, but it's still seen as a lower-cost alternative to...
* Shadyside: Perhaps ''the'' wealthiest and trendiest neighborhood in the city proper. city. Some consider it Pittsburgh's {{gayborhood}} as well, though more for well-off gays. gays in the IT field. It borders East Liberty, once a notorious ghetto before gentrification (including some forced relocation...) turned it around. Nowadays the distinction is increasingly blurry.
* Oakland: Contains the primary campuses of both the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie-Mellon University, giving the area a "college town" vibe (also vibe...also meaning it's easy to feel old here if you're over the age of 25).25. The Cathedral of Learning, in the northern section, is the second tallest educational building in the world, and one of the most beautiful and recognizable buildings in the city. Since you can see it from anywhere in Oakland, it has the dubious nickname of "the drunk compass" since many late-night partiers use the building to orient themselves after a night of drinking.
* The Hill District: Long considered the cultural center nucleus of Pittsburgh's African American community. While In its heyday it was favorably compared to Harlem, but the crime here is notorious, neighborhood suffered due to poor planning. Construction of the Civic Arena in 1961 had cut off the Hill from downtown, causing the area has a proud sense of community and family, and many black Pittsburghers buy homes here to lose business even if they can afford to live elsewhere. before Pittsburgh lost its manufacturing base, but with the Arena now gone, road access has been restored and revitalization efforts are underway. Yinzers call it "The Hill", which sounds a bit may sound indistinct given that the city is nothing ''but'' hills, but people will know exactly what you mean.
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