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Old 04-27-2010, 12:23 PM
 
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Pittsburgh ranks No. 12 on 'Fun Cities' list - Pittsburgh Business Times:

New York Tops As Americas Best City To Have Fun - Business News - Portfolio.com

Only cities that beat the Burgh are the usuals - NYC, LA, SF, Miami, Boston, Philadelphia...

Minneapolis, and Seattle are the only 2 that are comparable to the Burgh that beat Pittsburgh...

Kinda shocked that Porland ME ranked as high as it did...Porland OR would seem to make more logical sense to me...but well...Another good showing for the burgh...wonder if we could squeeze into the top 10 once the economy recovers...

Wow! the Burgh ranked high in Dinning Out! #4

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Old 04-27-2010, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Philly
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Portland, ME is a great little city. good to see it get some love over the much hyped OR. they have a neat ferry system that takes you to carless islands. a tunerville trolley around the old port, some nice parks, agreat dining, beer, etc. an underrated city. in that respect, it shares a lot with Pitt.
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Old 04-27-2010, 01:33 PM
 
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It is really amazing how much the bar and restaurant scene has improved here since I first arrived in 1993.

Anyway, here is a summary of the methodology:

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The process began with the collection of federal statistics for 14 relevant types of businesses, from retail stores and restaurants to gambling casinos and golf courses. Each market was graded on both the volume (total number) and the concentration (rate per 100,000 residents) of such businesses.

Results were then grouped in seven broad categories of fun: shopping, food and drink, culture, popular entertainment, gambling, and high-impact and low-impact sports. The best scores went to markets that performed well in a wide array of categories.
And all the rankings for Pittsburgh:

Overall 12
Shopping 21
Gambling 53
Popular Entertainment 20
Culture 20
Food and Drink 4
Low-impact sports 8
High-impact sports 34

Given that total volume of establishments was a factor, and that Pittsburgh is the #22 metro by size, I'd say anything at around 22 means we did as expected, substantially higher than that above expectations, and substantially lower than that below expectations.

So are overall ranking was above expectations, which is good. The same goes for the rankings in food and drink and low-impact sports.

Our gambling ranking was below expectations, but I don't necessarily see that as a problem. Just having the expected rankings in shopping and popular entertainment seems appropriate to me and likely hard to change.

One area where I am a bit surprised is culture--I would have thought we would do better, but then again maybe not if you are just counting establishments--we have some very big cultural establishments. But maybe diversifying a bit from the biggest players would be a worthwhile goal.

Finally, I also see high-impact sports as an area of potential improvement, if we can make better use of the rivers and such for recreation.
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Old 04-27-2010, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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Minneapolis, and Seattle are the only 2 that are comparable to the Burgh that beat Pittsburgh...
Minneapolis maybe, but Pittsburgh is nothing compared to Seattle. Seattle is ahot bed for entertainment and hipsters.
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Old 04-27-2010, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Yeah, but hipsters suck and they don't entertain me. I am more of a little house on the praire re-run type of guy followed by a night of bingo. Thats why Pittsburgh is my style.
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Old 04-27-2010, 06:47 PM
 
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Yeah, but hipsters suck and they don't entertain me. I am more of a little house on the praire re-run type of guy followed by a night of bingo. Thats why Pittsburgh is my style.
I couldn't agree more. Hipsters make me sick. I remember seeing these clowns in NYC act like it was an adventure to go from their apt on the Upper West Side to Brooklyn. I would hate for Pittsburgh to ever get like that. I would rather the city burn to the ground than to be taken over by hipsters, hippies, and yuppies.
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Old 04-27-2010, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I love the subtle jab at Cleveland in that Biz Times article. lol. They just couldn't help themselves.
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Old 04-27-2010, 09:15 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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There is something majorly screwy in a system that ranks Boston #1 and NY #2 in high-impact sports such as skiing (pictured), Chicago #8, Denver #20, Colorado Springs #69 and Provo #98. I don't think so! Even Boston isn't *that* close to major ski areas, and they're not powder skiing like you have in the west. NY is how far from a major ski area? Chicago is at least 500 miles from one, while Denver, COS and Provo have them in their backyards, e.g. an hour's or so drive. I don't think so! That's why I never take these rankings seriously.

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Old 04-27-2010, 09:43 PM
 
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There is something majorly screwy in a system that ranks Boston #1 and NY #2 in high-impact sports such as skiing (pictured), Chicago #8, Denver #20, Colorado Springs #69 and Provo #98. I don't think so! Even Boston isn't *that* close to major ski areas, and they're not powder skiing like you have in the west. NY is how far from a major ski area? Chicago is at least 500 miles from one, while Denver, COS and Provo have them in their backyards, e.g. an hour's or so drive. I don't think so! That's why I never take these rankings seriously.
Well maybe it's because skiing is only one small part of the larger category of high impact sports...
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Old 04-27-2010, 09:56 PM
 
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The interactive describes the category in question as "skiing facilities, fitness centers, and recreational sports centers." Skiing facilities maybe not so much, but you can't swing a dead cat in New York without hitting a fitness or sports center of some sort.
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