Thursday, June 11, 2009

Pittsburgh is #1...Again!

Yep, this great city has been ranked the most livable city in the USA. *Brushes off shoulder

Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato was calling -- no, crowing -- from his cell phone, in full, gleeful, salesman-for-the-region mode, ticking off the number of recent surveys declaring Pittsburgh the nation's most livable city (four or five); the number of front-page New York Times stories about Pittsburgh in the past three months (two) and the value of such publicity to the Pittsburgh area (priceless).

Given that abundance of good publicity, the news that Pittsburgh once again is the most livable city in the United States -- and 29th worldwide -- in a 2009 survey by British magazine The Economist was "great news, but not a surprise," Mr. Onorato said.

"This is now the fourth or fifth independent survey from outside the region talking up the Pittsburgh metro region. You have the stories in The New York Times, the president picks us to host the G-20 summit, now you have this magazine, plus others over the years. It's amazing."

The Economist's ranking is just one of many kudos Pittsburgh has earned recently: In 2007 it was rated as "America's Most Livable City" by Places Rated Almanac, and in January Forbes Magazine cited it as the sixth best city in "Ten Cities For Job Growth In 2009."
via Post-Gazette


JUSTIN said...

That's so cool! Although I enjoy Chicago, there are a lot of underrated cities in the Midwest/Ohio Valley. Except Indy, that place blows (sorry Hoosiers).

Paul said...

Pittsburgh is also the 10th Cleanest city in the world, in spite of the tired cliche image people still carry....from the 1940's!

The only American city to score higher was Minneapolis.

Oh, and we won the Stanley Cup again last night.

jay said...

Go Pgh! w00t.