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Why Pittsburgh?

For this series, we’re asking Pittsburghers past and present: “Why Pittsburgh?” Why did you come? Why did you leave? Why do you stay?

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Why I’m Leaving: Pittsburgh is a Constant Uphill Battle

Clare Polke, formerly of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, articulates why Pittsburgh isn't a very welcoming place for people of color.

Why I Stay: Sustaining an Artist’s Life in Pittsburgh

1839 staff writer Tameka Cage Conley reflects on Pittsburgh as the birthplace of her writing life.

Why I’m Leaving: Fighting Just to Exist

1839 staff writer Brandon Small is leaving Pittsburgh when he graduates from Pitt because he doesn't want to have to fight for space to just exist.

Why I Came: For An Activist Academic, Opportunities Abound

Robert Morris University professor LD Crittenden shares why he's bullish on The Burgh, "the land of opportunity for Blerds, Blipsters and other Bougie Black People."

More in Why Pittsburgh?

Why I Stayed

1839 editor Damon Young articulates why he hasn't left the Burgh. His reason might surprise you.

Why I Left

Marguerite Matthews came to Pittsburgh for a PhD program but misses so much more from the city she left behind.

Only In Pittsburgh

From the hills of Mount Washington to unmistakable Pittsburgh pride, can the city work its magic on a displaced New Orleanian in search of home?