The ‘Burgh As Star of the Developed World


Things I don’t like about the G20 in Pittsburgh today:

  1. In Pittsburgh fashion, the citizens are mistaking dreadlocked-white-people protesters for a snowstorm and hunkering down with supplies of bread, milk and toilet paper.
  2. College-educated anarchists breaking things, garnering tons and tons of sympathy for their cause. And by tons and tons, I mean zero.

Things I like about the G20 in Pittsburgh today:

  1. National news outlets being forced to do stories (here and here and here) conceding that “Once smoky and horrible, Pittsburgh today is a creative, scenic center of high-tech industry,” or in layman’s terms, “Hey, it’s nice here!” We keep telling you it’s not a dump, but you just can’t stop indulging the “blue-collar” stereotype.
  2. Mad props from the President and world leaders!
  3. $8 million into the local economy — even if that’s not a ton, and G20 cities don’t usually see much economic benefit, it’s still a net positive. (Though what’s up with that taken-aback headline, former employer?)
  4. This humorous image (from Magnus Patris via the blogger formerly known as PittGirl):
  5. World summits hosted: Pittsburgh 1, Cleveland 0.
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2 Responses to “The ‘Burgh As Star of the Developed World”

  1. Very witty observation, Pat.
    Living in Texas now. Come visit.

    Posted by Uncle John | September 26th, 2009 at 9:28 am
  2. Pat,
    Have you read Brian O’Neal’s book, “The Paris of the Applianches?

    Posted by Uncle John | December 2nd, 2009 at 9:22 am

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