Reflections on the Steel City

Once a powerhouse of industry, manufacturing – and pollution, Pittsburgh is a modern, green city that still proudly looks to its past, commemorating well-known former residents such as Andrew Carnegie and Andy Warhol, writes Isabel Conway

8th July, 2018
The Pittsburgh skyline: the city is famous for its bridges, having more than 446 of them

There’s an old saying about Pittsburgh and her citizens: “Pittsburgh people love prosperity, and a dirty shirt collar here means prosperity.” In the old days, industry titans would always pack a fresh white shirt in their briefcases for afternoon appointments and business dinners due to all that grime swilling around the nation’s steel capital.

Pity Pittsburgh’s launderers also. “Every time my mother hung out the washing it came back...

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