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Pittsburgh is the seat of Allegheny County and with a population of 306,211 is the second-largest city in the United States Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


  • The three most beautiful cities in the world are Paris; St. Petersburg, Russia; and Pittsburgh. If Pittsburgh were situated somewhere in the heart of Europe, tourists would eagerly journey hundreds of miles out of their way to visit it. Its setting is spectacular . . .
  • My beautiful Grandmother, Caroline Garlinghouse, came from Pittsburgh . . . I never met her but I have followed many of her ideas -- through my mother -- And it has given me a warm spot in my heart for your city.
  • This is the only city in America with an entrance. You slide and slither into most downtowns, passing through gradual layers of ever-more-intensely built-up sprawl, and you do not so much enter the center as realize after you are there that it is all around you. Not Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is entered with glory and drama.
    • Paul Goldberger New York Times 1988.[2]
  • In a way, I was born twice. I was born in 1934 and again in 1955 when I came to Pittsburgh. I am thankful to say that I lived two lives.
  • ...this center of art, science and industry.
  • This is a great industrial center-one of the greatest in the world. Production here is a very important factor...
  • You talk about an island in the Darwinian sense. Here's a major American city stuck at the end of a series of river valleys, cut off from the rest of country. It is a Eastern European immigrant city — working class, blue collar — that has reinvented itself over the last 10-20 years with this craftsman approach to life that reminds me of cities like Austin, Portland, Oregon and Portland, Maine. I hate to be one of those people who's like 'Pittsburgh is the next big thing,' but I get around more than most people and I'm telling you, Pittsburgh is like the next big thing. The geography lends itself, it's incredibly lush farmland, and inexpensive city with incredible history. They're renovating 100 year old railroad terminals into city markets. They had chefs who left the city because there was no scene and went to LA, they have the talent to be anywhere in America, and they have come back and can afford to open their own places and do what they want. It's very, very exciting. As a student of these things, there's just enough Fortune 500, sports teams, to feed that group. The art community and food community are kind of leading but there's money following them … why not get a beautiful house on the river? I saw places that are just breathtaking. It's also got the Appalachians running through, so it's got stunning geography. The food scene is cool. Lots of good stuff going on. There are these old bars in these old 'hoods … It's like today's special is goulash, tomorrow's is stuffed cabbage, huge portions. There's like three grandmas and a grandpa making this from scratch, the best stuffed cabbage I've ever had and I grew up on that.
  • The road from D.C. to Pittsburgh is, well, green...to be honest, it was a haze of emerald and photosynthesis in action. It definitely got rockier[.] As for Pittsburgh itself, well, it’s definitely a “must visit.” Like a hipper, organic, authentic version of the cool downtown area near you with the bricks, only they have more bars, better food, and a brilliant arts scene.
    • James Joiner Esquire July, 2014 [8]
  • That's a 12-, 13-inch largemouth! You think bass, you think Lake Okeechobee, Florida, or something. But here I am catching a largemouth in downtown Pittsburgh! Under the Liberty Bridge!
    • Bill Johnson 1989 [9]
  • . . . they are my people and this is my town and it does my heart good just to be here.
  • And I want to tell you something about that bridge to the 21st century. We're gonna build it out of Pittsburgh steel.
  • The Rooneys are the finest people, the people I most respect in American sports ownership. I've always felt that way. And there's no reason to change. They are people of integrity and character . . . I have a whole transcendental feeling for the Steelers and the Rooneys and Pittsburgh.
  • Pittsburgh looks fantastic! I've noticed more and more films are using Pittsburgh as a setting, so it must be a great place.
  • Beautiful city. It has more bridges than Venice.
  • There's a pawnshop on a corner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
    And I walk up and down 'neath the clock
    By the pawnshop on a corner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
    But I ain't got a thing left to hock.
  • Pittsburgh town is a smoky ol' town
    Solid iron from McKeesport down
    Pittsburgh, Lord God, Pittsburgh
  • The Road to the Super Bowl runs through Pittsburgh, sooner or later you've got to go to Pittsburgh.
  • Don't take long to spend all the time you want in Pittsburgh. (said in jest)
    • Bum Phillips former Houston Oilers head coach.(March 1999)[15]
  • If I could start my life all over again . . . you damn well better believe I would be a Pittsburgh Steeler.
  • Come back here perfectly sober tomorrow.
    • U.S. Senator James A. Reed while questioning Pittsburgh City Councilmember Charles Anderson about municipal corruption in a Congressional hearing on June 18, 1926[17]

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