As Pittsburgh’s shiny modern skyline appears over the horizon – symbolizing progress, innovation, and technology – the city’s iron blue-collar soul is never far from memory or view. Lately, Pittsburgh has been undergoing a renaissance of new development and gentrification. The city should continue towards progress that is rooted in the old values of hard work, family, and pride in one’s neighborhood. As crumbling factories are razed to make way for technology – and steel mills are turned into shopping centers – the new Pittsburgh must not forget these roots. Yet with evidence of them gracing every “river town” neighborhood, they will never be far from view.

Pittsburgh’s iron blue-collar soul is never far from memory or view; photo by Laura Genutis
Pittsburgh’s iron blue-collar soul is never far from memory or view; photo by Laura Genutis

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