Being an artist is a tough racket. It’s even harder if you’re trying to make a go of it in New York or Los Angeles, where the cost of living is high and the competition stiff.

But that’s not so much the case here, as the Pittsburgh art scene is incredibly vibrant. Yesterday, PolicyMic published a list of 15 cities for creative 20-somethings that aren’t New York or Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh made the list, coming in at No. 12.

The author’s assertion that we have “an iconic skyline of smokestacks” suggests she may not have ever actually seen Pittsburgh, but it’s still an honor to be nominated.

Other cities on the list include Oakland, Calif., North Adams, Mass., Hudson Valley, N.Y., Austin, Tex. And Iowa City, Iowa.

Read the item on PolicyMic.

Matthew Wein

Matthew Wein is a local writer, editor, blogger, storyteller and proud native Pittsburgher. Once described as "a man of things," he covers city design, spirits and craft beer for NEXT, where he keeps all...