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Old 11-27-2011, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Upper St. Clair
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Most alts here are run down and not worth the money, if you find something nice, its going to cost way too much...home rentals are the way to go, so many here can't sell their home and have resorted to renting them out...where I lived a few years ago, there were two beautiful homes on a prime street for rent for under 1500 a month, homes that could very well sell for over 300 grand...and if you look, you see others but you have to do your homework!
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Old 12-31-2011, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Just can't stand seeing the name of that last post, so I am saying hello.
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Old 12-31-2011, 09:23 AM
 
Location: ELFS
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Just can't stand seeing the name of that last post, so I am saying hello.
Points administered.

All caps. Shouty. Ugly. Thanks (I thought it was just me).
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Old 12-31-2011, 09:01 PM
 
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Default A quick guide for newbies...

Moving to Pittsburgh? Pros and Cons....

PROS

Great sports town, lots of food joints, beautiful skyline, hometown values, new construction, great parks, great museums, lots of outdoor opportunities, Heinz ketchup, Yuengling beer, Kennywood, good shopping, great hospitals, great universities, distinct neighborhoods, nice airport, hidden gems, proximity to major population centers, decent cost of living....

CONS

Traffic, pollution, GRAY weather, steep, narrow roads + ice = disaster, old population, Social Democrat Party control, certain groups/neighborhoods out of control with crime, unreliable utilities, water & sewer system in need of billions in upgrades, not many jobs, declining population, high taxes, most people have never left the area, lousy public transportation, cramped, expensive parking, the Pirates and...the GRAY weather.
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:23 PM
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This is SO nice!!!!!!!
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Old 03-13-2012, 06:49 AM
 
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Default Moving to the Pittsburgh area

My wife and I are new to this. We have tried to post questions on where to live, but did not get any response... maybe because we did not post it correctly. I found this thread to be very helpful and now believe we can make an informed decision on moving.

We are moving early August. We still have the opportunity to work in Beaver, Monroeville, or Latrobe area... not sure which would be better for us. We have three boys 1,2, and 8. We are currently living in Maine (very rural) so I think my wife is missing, and wanting to be closer to shopping, arts, theatre, and just culture things once again. I know I have no chance in this dream, but I would like to purchase season tickets for the Steelers, or Penguins... I know... quit dreaming.
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Old 03-13-2012, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh area
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My wife and I are new to this. We have tried to post questions on where to live, but did not get any response... maybe because we did not post it correctly. I found this thread to be very helpful and now believe we can make an informed decision on moving.

We are moving early August. We still have the opportunity to work in Beaver, Monroeville, or Latrobe area... not sure which would be better for us. We have three boys 1,2, and 8. We are currently living in Maine (very rural) so I think my wife is missing, and wanting to be closer to shopping, arts, theatre, and just culture things once again. I know I have no chance in this dream, but I would like to purchase season tickets for the Steelers, or Penguins... I know... quit dreaming.
What do you mean you didn't get any response? Duplicate threads each with lots of responses! Please stick to one place with your question. If people start answering this here it'll be THREE places.

Folks, please help ocndvr in this thread of his where he finally replied more recently: HELP... Moving to Western PA

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Old 03-24-2012, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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This is an incredible and very informative thread
Thanks for this!
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Old 03-31-2012, 03:59 PM
 
Location: In a valley in the South Hills
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A couple of observations to correct the record from the viewpoint of someone who moved here from the East Coast a decade ago...

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Moving to Pittsburgh? Pros and Cons....
PROS
Great sports town, lots of food joints, beautiful skyline, hometown values, new construction, great parks, great museums, lots of outdoor opportunities, Heinz ketchup, Yuengling beer, Kennywood, good shopping, great hospitals, great universities, distinct neighborhoods, nice airport, hidden gems, proximity to major population centers, decent cost of living....
Considering Yuengling is a fairly standard American lager brewed in Pottsville, which is east of Harrisburg towards Allentown, it's not much of a local attraction. Actual local breweries, like Penn Brewery, East End Brewing, Full Pint and several other new microbreweries make great product.

However, the other stuff is all good. In addition to the "food joints", actual ethnic and farm-to-table restaurant choices have improved dramatically in the past five years.

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CONS
Traffic, pollution, GRAY weather, steep, narrow roads + ice = disaster, old population, Social Democrat Party control, certain groups/neighborhoods out of control with crime, unreliable utilities, water & sewer system in need of billions in upgrades, not many jobs, declining population, high taxes, most people have never left the area, lousy public transportation, cramped, expensive parking, the Pirates and...the GRAY weather.
Anyone who remembers when the Social Democrat Party was a political force must be pushing 110 by now. Maybe that's what he meant by "old population"?

Plenty of jobs if you're in certain fields (tech, healthcare, finance, foodservice). Not much outside those concentrations though.

Personally have never had issues with utilities, but cable/internet bundle rates (Comcast/Verizon) are among the highest in the country, even without premium channels.

And the Pirates, or at least PNC Park, is a Pro. Great park, and better to have a losing team than no team at all, IMO.
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Old 04-01-2012, 09:54 PM
 
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Smile Student Life in Pittsburgh

The experience of moving to Pittsburgh to become a student is a little bit different. I think that students (well, anyone really) moving to Pittsburgh ought to check out this video. It shows that Pittsburgh isn't an old steal town and what people actually do here.

LINK: Pittsburgh is Katz Ready. - YouTube
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