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Old 06-11-2012, 06:14 PM
 
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I just committed occupational suicide by moving to Massachusetts from Brooklyn last year: First Boston, now Worcester. I' am a line cook by trade and I' am trying to gain some financial traction so I can get my A.A.S. in Surgical Technology but haven't found anything stable in Boston and absolutely nothing in Worcester. NYC has more employment opportunities in my field and the wages are fine but I would like an upgrade in the quality of life. I' am willing to move back to NY but I can't see myself living/studying in a basement of an apartment in a windowless room with no wi-fi and neighbors listening to their stereo system at full volume. What does Pittsburgh have to offer and is it true that Pittsburgh will be experiencing cuts in mass transit? Bars and some restaurants stay open late so that concerns me a little and hospitals, of course, is a 24 hour affair. Thank you.
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Old 06-11-2012, 06:53 PM
 
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I just committed occupational suicide by moving to Massachusetts from Brooklyn last year: First Boston, now Worcester. I' am a line cook by trade and I' am trying to gain some financial traction so I can get my A.A.S. in Surgical Technology but haven't found anything stable in Boston and absolutely nothing in Worcester. NYC has more employment opportunities in my field and the wages are fine but I would like an upgrade in the quality of life. I' am willing to move back to NY but I can't see myself living/studying in a basement of an apartment in a windowless room with no wi-fi and neighbors listening to their stereo system at full volume. What does Pittsburgh have to offer and is it true that Pittsburgh will be experiencing cuts in mass transit? Bars and some restaurants stay open late so that concerns me a little and hospitals, of course, is a 24 hour affair. Thank you.
The cost of living is much lower here compared to NYC and Boston. You should have no problem finding a stable job as a line cook. Restaurants are desperate for dependable people. If you live and work in city neighborhoods, you should be able to get around via public transporation. Those neighborhoods will have the least cuts compared to the suburbs. It's very possible you can coordinate an apartment and work within biking distance too.
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Old 06-11-2012, 07:12 PM
 
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Pittsburgh is bike friendly?
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:49 PM
 
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Bicycling Magazine ranked Pittsburgh 28th of the 50 top bike friendly cities in the US.

28. Pittsburgh, PA | Bicycling Magazine
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Old 06-11-2012, 10:00 PM
 
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If you're trying to find a comfortable place to live and study while you are in school, Pittsburgh is certainly a better option than NYC! Hands down, no contest. Even without a roommate, $500 is a completely do-able range for a 1 bedroom or studio in a safe area with access to transit.

It's true that the Port Authority is facing transit cuts. If you stay in the core urban area (East End, North Side flats, South Side Flats), or along the busways or T (our light rail line), then the routes are basically safe from the cuts. It's also worth pointing out that walking and biking are both viable options in Pittsburgh so long as you choose a place with that in mind.

If I were you, I would figure out where you'll be going to school (and which hospitals you'll be doing clinical stuff at) and work from there. It shouldn't be hard to choose a neighborhood within walking distance, or at least bussing distance, and so many neighborhoods have business districts that you should be able to easily find low-wage retail/food service work near your apartment without a problem.
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Old 06-12-2012, 12:38 PM
 
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I have a relative who is a chef and has a decent job but he wouldn't exactly rave about his job prospects in the burgh. In short pay sucks her from Chefs.
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