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Is Pittsburgh The New Austin?


Clickhole poses the question, making a compelling argument:–1227

…but no, gentle readers, Pittsburgh is neither the new Austin nor next Portland.  Those places were just plain old rough drafts for the final, perfected product.

By JunkChuck

Native, Militant Westsylvanian (the first last best place), laborer, gardener, and literary hobbyist (if by literary you mean "hack"). I've had a bunch of different blogs, probably four, due to a recurring compulsion to start over. This incarnation owes to a desire to dredge up the best entries of the worst little book of hand-scrawled poems I could ever dream of writing, salvageable excerpts from fiction both in progress and long-abandoned. and a smattering of whatever the hell seems to fit at any particular moment. At first blush, I was here just to focus on old, terrible verse, but I reserve the right to include...anything. Maybe everything, certainly my love of pulp novels, growing garlic, the Pittsburgh Steelers and howling at the moon--both figuratively and, on rare occasions, literally.

2 replies on “Is Pittsburgh The New Austin?”

I’ve been to Austin an few times and Portland a couple. Probably not long enough to make a deep point-by-point comparison between the three but I’ll take Pittsburgh. A new play on Thursday, a perfect hipster cocktail on Friday and watching a buck in the woods from 40 yards today with the wind. All within 30 minutes of my house.


Nice. Just–nice. It’s easy to recall the mid-1980’s, and the city trying to find itself. We live in Indiana, PA–deer browse the shrubbery in our yard, but we can walk from our front porch to see live music, touring companies of broadway shows, and highly competitive collegiate sports at IUP. Best of all, we can go from sofa to sidling up to the bar at the Squirrel Cage, or jamming on a big old bowl of Pho at Tram’s in 70 min flat, though my wife remarked how much longer it takes to get around the city than in did when we lived there circa 1995. Love it. All that traffic, a small price for vigor.


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