Thursday, May 24, 2012

"We don’t want hordes of tourists coming in"

While this piece all seems to be in a political context, it really is much more.  See Pittsburgh: an acquired taste

Lots of great wordsmithing in the piece.. really... but this one quote is really something and actually quite insightful when it comes to economic history:

“Go out to Monessen, and you’d think you were in Yekaterinburg circa 1990,” he said. Dan and I actually were both there at that time – a dying city of what was then the collapsing Soviet Union
Somehow they spelled it 'Yinsers' later on in the article though.   Alas. 


Blogger Bill Price said...

"They embrace their own lack of culture," he said.

For a full professor and (apparently) a "trained linguist" who has been in town for decades, that's an incredible statement to make. I guess he can't quite shake the standard prejudices against Appalachians.

This guy also does quite a job white-washing our race issues. Simply put, blacks are disproportionately impoverished in Pittsburgh compared to similar cities, and we do practice de facto segregation. Out of sight, out of mind.

Christ. It's like he wanted to downplay everything authentic about the city, both good and bad. If he wants to live in USA Today-ville and eat at Applebees every day, he should move to Cranberry and get it over with, because Pittsburgh isn't that kind of town.

Thursday, May 24, 2012 3:59:00 PM  
Blogger BrianTH said...

A supposed linguist confused speaking in a regional dialect with a lack of "culture"?

Thursday, May 24, 2012 9:33:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

I sort of wondered about the one bedroom apartment. Maybe he's never compared a house payment with his rent.

Friday, May 25, 2012 8:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, but that's another outsider's lame take on Pittsburgh. She's trying too hard to be snarky and clever. Comes off alot like that sports writer from Denver's major fail a number of years back.

To wit: "Fierce" competition between Pitt, CMU and Duquesne? I don't think so. And whoever heard of the Cathedral being called the "Height of Ignorance", especially by CMU students, who I think by and large don't give Pitt much thought?

Or how about her claim that she doesn't know that the Steelers are the city's football team? You can go to any corner of the world and find people who know about the Steelers, and she's a globetrotting journalist who's written for many international publications. Or was she just trying to be funny? Hard to tell.

And I agree with a previous poster: Dan may be a cunning linguist, but he's clueless about racial issues and politics in the state and city. I just spent the weekend in Sharon and a number of people told me they won't vote for Obama because of his positions on abortion and gay marriage. Granted, I was visiting churches, but still, nobody mention Romney and job creation. It was social issues they were concerned about.

Friday, May 25, 2012 9:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off topic a bit, but I really hope somebody moves from NYC to Pittsburgh to buy this $350,000-priced townhouse in ... Manchester!

Friday, May 25, 2012 10:35:00 AM  
Anonymous MH said...

Speaking of tourism, there are now double-decker red buses plying Oakland. I hadn't noticed them before.

Friday, May 25, 2012 11:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MH: The busses have been around for several months. They depart from the plaza in front of the Cheesecake Factory at the Southside Works.

Gawd. Duck boats, double decker busses, a Fairmont hotel. Could it be we're developing--gasp!--a tourist infrastructure?

I wish someone at Pitt could find a partner to create one of those wands you find at every European cultural destination that could describe the Nationality Classrooms in a dozen languages. Why they aren't better publicized as an attraction is beyond me.

Friday, May 25, 2012 11:44:00 AM  
Anonymous MH said...

Every year I say to myself, this is the year I'll go see the Nationality Rooms but I've never been.

Friday, May 25, 2012 11:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Christmas is the best time for the Nationality Rooms. They are a great attraction, but I think part of the reason they're not publicized better is that staffing is kind of spotty and they don't want to leave them wide open all the time--especially during the summer tourist season when there are few classes in session--for fear of vandalism.

Friday, May 25, 2012 1:44:00 PM  
Anonymous DBR96A said...

Wow, what a horseshit article that was, and I'm being polite.

Friday, May 25, 2012 3:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

btw living in Manchester is great, and that house is a gem, gorgeous in and out and a huge yard/garden. did i mention less than a 10 min walk to the new subway stop for a free ride to downtown? i think appropriately priced at 350k, sale price will be around that

Sunday, May 27, 2012 5:03:00 PM  

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