Mens Journal. Espresso a Mano.

Pittsburgh has been named one of the “50 Best Places to Live in America” in Men’s Journal.

The monthly men’s lifestyle magazine cites the city’s growing number of 24- to 35-year-olds, affordability, world-class museums and restaurants and miles of bike paths and nature trails as factors that led to the ranking.

“Once described as ‘hell with the lid off’ because of the clouds of black smoke that hung above it, Pittsburgh now hums along quietly with clean industries like technology, education and medicine, all under mostly blue skies.”

Also highlighted are the city’s hillside neighborhoods offering dramatic views of the Mon, Allegheny and Ohio rivers, range of housing options, city neighborhoods such as Shadyside and Lawrenceville and organic farms and wilderness preserves surround the city

Local chef Justin Severino, who opened Cure after moving back to Pittsburgh from California in 2007, gets a mention for his focus on local ingredients and an always-evolving menu at the Lawrenceville-based restaurant: “It’s so much more gratifying here,” Severino says. “It’s real.”

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Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.