Things I Hate About Pittsburgh

[ad#right]Well if you didn’t know I’ve been living in Pittsburgh all my life. I’ve live in the suburbs most of my life but I moved closer into the city about a year ago. You really learn a lot about a city when you live in it. I’ve learned even more since living closer to the city and going out more. I originally got the idea for this post from Michael Kwan who did 2 posts about the things he likes and dislikes about Vancouver. So I figured I know a lot about Pittsburgh I should let you know the things I like and dislike about Pittsburgh. This post is the things I hate about Pittsburgh, last month I posted the things I love about Pittsburgh.

The Weather
Sometimes when I’m sitting here working and I look out the window and see rain or snow I think to myself, “Why am I living here?”. The weather can be pretty brutal here, especially in the winter. This year we got one of the worst winter storms in recent memory, because of that I was snowed in! Even if its not raining or snowing there are so many days when the sun just does not come out, it’s pretty depressing.

The Roads
I don’t know if there is not enough funding for road improvement or what but the roads are horrible around here. I’ve had people who do not live in PA say they know when they enter the state because of how bad the roads are, that’s pretty bad! Roads get even worse after snow storms, the salt that they put down destroys the roads. After the big storm this year there were pot holes that took up entire lanes of traffic! And most of these potholes were not even covered for weeks, some are still there! It seems if there is ever an issue with a road it takes forever for them to fit it as well.

I know I might get some flack for this, but it really drives me crazy because when I say I’m from Pittsburgh some people think I’m a hick. Pittsburghese is an accent or dialect that many people around here speak. Instead of staying “downtown” they say “dahntahn” instead of “You Guys” its “Yinz”. I honestly cannot stand anyone that talks like that, it just makes you sound stupid! There is even a Pittsburghese translator!

Small City
Now in my things I love article I did say I liked Pittsburgh because it was a small city, but I also don’t like it because it is one too. First it seems that if you go out whether it be the southside, station square, the strip etc on a friday or saturday night you are bound to run into someone you know. And if you meet someone it is likely they know someone you do, things like this are annoying to me. Also since this is a small city there are very few new companies that decide to put up a store in Pittsburgh. There are so many retail shops and restaurants that I would love to see in Pittsburgh, but they just are not here!