Pittsburgh is a great renaissance story. I recently got a tour of it from the mayor, Bill Peduto. We visited a beautiful, tight Italian community with family-owned businesses stretching back generations. We visited a resurging African-American community where local activists were building a cultural center in the home of the great playwright August Wilson. Mostly we just saw acres and acres of new development: new restaurants, new museums, new loft-style office spaces and several gleaming new hospitals.
Via The Coming Political Realignment by David Brooks published by the New York Times on July 1, 2016.
I have visited Pittsburgh once so far. I’m thinking it was in 2010 or 2011. I recall the downtown being much more vibrant then I had anticipated. More recently I spent a day in Cincinnati and stayed at the Weston Hotel property just down the street from the headquarters of Procter and Gamble. I was similarly struck by how clean most of the downtown core was.