Free registration may be required to view the article, but the Washington Post has a travel article today Pittsburgh's South Side, Resurrected
that is worth a scan at least. Yes, I know, the author is from Pittsburgh so this may not count as an outside view in a strict sense.. but her editors had to approve it.
To balance that out though there is some commentary in the SF Chronicle
that seems to sum up our dilemma quite succinctly. The author, a non-Pittsurgher, seems to be defending Pittsburgh against ourselves.