Photo by Jennifer Baron
Photo by Jennifer Baron.

It’s always nice to see Pittsburgh getting attention from media outlets around the globe. Most recently, it’s this: The travel publication The Discoverer named the Steel City among their “6 U.S. Cities Making a Comeback.”

“From downtown revitalizations to new, forward-thinking industries replacing long-gone manufacturing jobs, many cities across the country are rebounding in surprising, often ingenious ways,” The Discoverer writes. “Here are six cities to watch.”

While it’s fair to say in many ways we’re well past the “making a comeback” stage, it’s nice to see Pittsburgh named here along with Columbus, Detroit, Boise, Greenville, S.C., and Bend, Oregon.

“With its provenance at the intersection of three navigable rivers,” The Discoverer writes, Pittsburgh was “a Gilded Age success as a commercial crossroads and an industrial powerhouse near the turn of the last century.”

They credit the city’s “post-recession” resurgence largely “to the mining and shale-fracking industries.” (What? No mention of meds and eds?) and point out that in 2017, we “had the 25th largest GDP of U.S. metro areas.”

“In other words — Pittsburgh is popping,” The Discoverer says, praising our “thriving arts, culture and sports scenes” and noting that “Pittsburgh’s iconic artistic and cultural spots are taking back their day in the sun. And with the NFL Steelers’ Heinz Field stadium and PNC Park, the home of the MLB Pirates, continuing to bring in sports fanatics, it’s no wonder more people are making a pit stop in Pittsburgh a priority.”

Read the full story here.

Melissa Rayworth

Kidsburgh Editor Melissa Rayworth specializes in stories about culture, gender, design and parenting. She has written for a variety of outlets in the U.S. and Asia, and is a frequent contributor to The...