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Old 05-22-2009, 06:28 PM
 
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each city has its own identity, and pittsburgh is no exception. that said, which do you think is a bigger influence on pittsburgh, ny/philadelphia; or mid western cities like columbus and detroit. thank you for your input
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Old 05-22-2009, 06:39 PM
 
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Oh Pittsburgh is definitely "nicer and sleepier" - more mid west than east coast. Philly has a much harder edge than even the edgiest parts of the burgh. IMO
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Old 05-22-2009, 07:58 PM
 
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Pgh is definitely more midWest IMO but it still has sort of weird mix of both.
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Old 05-22-2009, 08:24 PM
 
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Neither! There is a highlands region between the East Coast and Great Lakes which has a history and culture of its own, one that dates very far back (back to the pre-Revolutionary War period), and Pittsburgh is smack in the middle of this region.
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Old 05-22-2009, 09:08 PM
 
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Ah, a question not asking "Which region do you think Pittsburgh falls in?" but rather "Which region has a heavier influence on Pittsburgh?"

To answer the latter, I'd say the Northeast has a heavier influence on Pittsburgh.
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Old 05-22-2009, 09:21 PM
 
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Well we are right on the threshold of East Coast meets Midwest meets South and I'd say attitudes of all three influence our unique culture. I've heard the saying "northernmost southern city in the country" and can easily see where it comes from. Also I think the drastic transition in industry from rust belt giant to medical/technological/educational hotspot has further kept Pittsburgh from falling into any easily generalized cultural norms. Just listen to the accent, tells you all you need to know about uniqueness!
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Old 05-23-2009, 08:46 AM
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Oh Pittsburgh is definitely "nicer and sleepier" - more mid west than east coast. Philly has a much harder edge than even the edgiest parts of the burgh. IMO
So the midwest is "nice and sleepy"? I think you'd get some disagreement with that from those of us who have lived there. Look at Chicago and Detroit, for example.

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Well we are right on the threshold of East Coast meets Midwest meets South and I'd say attitudes of all three influence our unique culture. I've heard the saying "northernmost southern city in the country" and can easily see where it comes from. Also I think the drastic transition in industry from rust belt giant to medical/technological/educational hotspot has further kept Pittsburgh from falling into any easily generalized cultural norms. Just listen to the accent, tells you all you need to know about uniqueness!
I think you're right, in general, but I have never heard that expression about Pittsburgh. I have heard it of DC, also the reverse (northermost southern city).
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Old 05-25-2009, 07:58 PM
 
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Ah, a question not asking "Which region do you think Pittsburgh falls in?" but rather "Which region has a heavier influence on Pittsburgh?"

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exactly. hopefully no one misinterpreted the question. thanks for the replies everyone
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Old 05-25-2009, 08:48 PM
 
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Neither. Pittsburgh is the largest city in Appalachia. And when you live here, you can definitely feel the Appalachian influence in the thoughts/actions/hygiene of the people around you.
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Old 05-26-2009, 10:55 AM
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I had an epiphany on this yesterday, while discussing all the out of state students that come to the University of Colorado from California. When I was at Pitt, most of the out of state students seemed to come from New Jersey, and there were a lot of kids there from Philly, despite the fact that Pitt is only 30 miles or so from Ohio, and not much more from W. VA. So I would say that Pgh orients east, rather than midwest.
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