It's been a good year. I really like Pittsburgh. It's... it's a very different sort of town than the big cities I'm used to (Boston, NYC). Pittsburgh is the city of abandoned wealth. During its heyday, you had the steel foundries and the Heinz factories. There were huge amounts of money it the city, and this lead to major capital investments. Gorgeous buildings. Opera, symphonies, museums, conservatories. Carnegie Hall. A gilded era of wealth and prosperity.
And then the jobs moved overseas. The local economy crashed, and a lot of companies pulled up stakes and moved. But the buildings stayed. The initial investments that got the culture of Pittsburgh started were already made. Even if the big companies left, there was enough money to keep things running- the big costs were in building the museums and establishing their collections. Getting the concert halls and theaters built. Even when the big money left, these things were able to hold on.
And now, the jobs are moving back. Pittsburgh's got a great job market. IT, medicine, banking and yes, even a little bit of manufacturing. Major companies are starting a new round of skyscrapers in downtown. Money's moving back in, and the economy is picking up.
It's actually a really exciting time to be in Pittsburgh. It's a gorgeous, friendly town. All the amenities of major cities without the downsides.
Of course, the city isn't the only reason it's been a good year. I've got a good job- not a great one, but it keeps the bills paid and doesn't annoy me overmuch. Even more important to making it a good year of course is Minna. We've made a really nice home for ourselves, with our kittens, and it's been a good year for us. We're putting together a solid future, and everything's looking up for us.
Works for me.