Living in Pittsburgh isn’t such a bad thing these days.
Remember getting bombarded by all those bad stereotypes? All the young folks are moving out of town because there are no jobs and nothing fun to do? It’s so depressing that the city’s still decaying all these years after the steel mills went under? And on and on.
Yeah, you’ve heard it before, but, certainly you’re not hearing it nearly as much.
Pittsburgh has undergone quite a transformation over the last decade or so, and now everyone’s talking about its greatness. With a new business model that includes healthcare, technology and natural gas, the city’s rebounded, and it’s found itself on any number of those “most livable” city rankings put together by that magazine you’ve never heard of. The civic pride is at an all-time high.
Here’s a small sampling of videos, compiled from the internet, that says as much:
— This comprehensive video from VistPITTSBURGH, the official tourism agency of Allegheny County, is one of the best we could find on the web. It provides several reasons why Pittsburgh is a “mighty” place to visit.
— Put together by Tim Migliore, this video titled “The City of Pittsburgh” is a simple, yet effective portrait of Pittsburgh shot last summer. Migliore takes his camera all over town, providing plenty of sights of the Steel City.
— “Pittsburgh: The Movie” is one of the cooler videos to emerge over the last year, weaving in clips of all the TV shows and movies that have been shot all over Western Pennsylvania. Not sure who put it together, but it’s a job well done.
— “Steel City Sights — A Pittsburgh Timelapse Project” showcases many different parts of the city through timelapse video. Put together by Charlie Moscow Media, the video’s been around for a couple of years, and it’s a fun watch.
— “Love You Pittsburgh” doesn’t share the same production as some of the other videos, but the catchy country song called “Lights of my Hometown” from Aaron Lines gives the video a nice feel. The song plays well with the Pittsburgh sights.
— “You’re from Pittsburgh if … ” from a fellow named Skowronski Liz touches the inner yinzer in all of us, as it hits on all of the idiosyncrasies of Pittsburghers. The music score showcases some of those classic Pittsburgh songs, as well.
— One of the more original videos we found, “Walking in Pittsburgh,” from musician Tim Ruff, is simply awesome. The 2011 video has Ruff singing in the studio and walking through town. Some of us might even like it better than Marc Cohn’s “Walking in Memphis.”
— “Pittsburgh Video Tribute” strings together a collection of Pittsburgh photos, old and new. It’s another video boosted by its choice of music, which is Patrick Stump’s “My City.” It’s not the best of the bunch, but it will have yinz feeling all nostalgic.
— Brian Aiken’s “Pittsburgh from Above” is certainly awesome. Uploaded in the past year, Aiken gives viewers a magnificent view of the city from above, as he shot his videos from a drone. Certainly a contender for one of the best videos.
— If you live in Pittsburgh or used to, you’ve heard of Pittsburgh Dad. Yeah, he’s funny, but he also takes pride in visiting some of Pittsburgh’s landmarks, including the incline, Kennywood, Heinz Field, or PNC Park. There are plenty of videos to see on the Pittsburgh Dad YouTube channel.
— Pittsburgh-born rapper Wiz Khalifa has provided a showcase to parts of Pittsburgh in some of his music videos, including the popular “Black and Yellow” (above) or “Pittsburgh Sound,” one of his earlier hits.
— Last, but certainly not least is Pittsburgh pitchman Rick Sebak, who’s been singing the praises of the city for decades. Search “Rick Sebak” or “It’s Pittsburgh & A Lot of Other Stuff” on YouTube, and you’ll find a goldmine of Steel City tidbits.
If we missed any of your favorite videos, let us know in the comments section below.