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View Poll Results: Is Pittsburgh Once Again Going to be "America's Most Livable City"?
Yes 13 37.14%
No 22 62.86%
Voters: 35. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-30-2011, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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Pittsburgh has been rated "America's Most Livable City" more times than any other major U.S. city and has been the darling in recent years in such publications as Fobes, Places Rated Almanac, and The Economist. Our attractive salary-vs.-cost-of-living ratio, educated populace, job outlook, accessibility to health care options, entertainment/recreational amenities, etc. helped to garner us such a revered title in recent years.

Do you think Pittsburgh will once again claim the #1 spot next year? Why or why not?
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Old 11-30-2011, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Upper St. Clair
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I think overall our country is doomed to fail, will not get into it but overall, we are toast...however if the experts that predict this somehow are wrong, and I pray that they are...then I would say out of all the possible cities, ours included, we have an excellent chance to be number one because we are as a whole, very conservative fiscally...and most here have good work ethics and do not rely on welfare. We are a beautiful diverse city with lost of affordable housing, interesting architecture and draw interesting people to the area...however because our country will soon collapse, well...hopefully they are wrong, but I ain't gonna hold my breath!
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Old 11-30-2011, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Western PA
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If not #1, it will rank high as it usually has since this survey began in 1985. While we don't score the highest in any partuclar category that they measure, we're consistently good in all categories, which gives us an advantage over many other cities. Some cities may score higher in culture or transportation, but their crime rate or cost of living brings them down. We're generally pretty good in all categories for a high quality of life.
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Old 11-30-2011, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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It will rank in the top five, which is what matters.

The choice of who gets #1 is pretty meaningless, IMO. The honor gets moved around, depending on which town Forbes wants to attract readers from. It's also a way to share the wealth, and (IMO) sometimes to help influence a specific situation. For example, Forbes might want to nudge Shell towards choosing Pittsburgh which could give them a reason to give it the #1 spot. On the other hand, being in the top five has a lot of meaning, and Pittsburgh is sure to be there.
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Old 11-30-2011, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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Not if public transportation goes downhill
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Old 11-30-2011, 03:28 PM
 
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I answered "no" just to make the point that eventually declining house prices everywhere else while house prices increase steadily here will erode some of our cost-of-living advantage. How exactly that will play out in the rankings in any given year, I don't know, but it is something to keep in mind.
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Old 11-30-2011, 06:50 PM
 
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I answered "no" just to make the point that eventually declining house prices everywhere else while house prices increase steadily here will erode some of our cost-of-living advantage. How exactly that will play out in the rankings in any given year, I don't know, but it is something to keep in mind.
Yeah, but those same cities with plunging house prices also have higher than average unemployment.
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Old 11-30-2011, 11:58 PM
 
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Yeah, but those same cities with plunging house prices also have higher than average unemployment.
The worst cases tend to be high on both measures, but pretty much every other large metro has seen price declines since peak, even the ones with relatively low unemployment. But not Pittsburgh.
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Old 12-01-2011, 06:48 AM
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Location: Pittsburgh
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I answered "no" because you only put THE most livable. I think Pittsburgh will be in the top 5. We are actually sitting in a perfect position right now, but those kind of ratings don't like to have on city on the top spot all the time and they will probably give an edge to some other city, even though it is really hard to argue against Pittsburgh at the moment. Being someone that cycles and walks all over the city, I am still in awe about how fast Pittsburgh city limits are improving. It is mind-blowing to me! Highland Park is going crazy! Morningside looks pretty good right now. East Liberty, do I need to say anything more? I am very tempted to start investing in Larimer. It is small and can easily be changed. I think it is just a matter of time. I mean it is a flat easy walk to East Liberty's downtown. Great location. That place is going to go soon enough because places like Highland Park are getting SO expensive!

Anyway if you poll said will Pittsburgh be in the top 5, I would have answer yes.
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Old 12-01-2011, 06:49 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, USA
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We get so much positive attention we're in danger of becoming overrated.
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