Share This Page

Koch: Our great city made the list ... again

| Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 4:39 p.m.

Lists. People either live by them or shun them all together.

I've been driving my family crazy with sticky notes full of lists of things not to forget and things to get done for as long as I can remember. They tease that I need a list to keep track of all of my lists.

Some lists let us know where we stand.

As Kristina Serafini alluded to in a recent column, Pittsburgh has been placed tops among other cities in a plethora of lists in recent years, with a nod to visitpittsburgh.com :

• This year, The Atlantic placed Pittsburgh near the top of the list of the 10 best places to pursue the American dream.

• Esquire Magazine tapped Pittsburgh as a place to visit for the best bars in America.

• US News & World Report ranked Pittsburgh as the 14th best affordable destination in the States.

Nerdwallet.com , a consumer advocacy website, ranked Pittsburgh as the 10th best city in the nation for its recreational opportunities.

• Roadtrippers, which helps travelers to map out routes and find places to visit as part of travel itineraries, placed PNC Park as one of the five iconic ballparks in America, and Tripadvisor.com called PNC Park the “best ballpark in the U.S.”

• Pittsburgh ranked fourth best on Cardhub.com's Best & Worst Cities for Wallet Wellness. The city ranks in the top three nationally in terms of average income adjusted for cost of living, as well as housing affordability and rate of job growth.

• When Amazon.com announced its third annual list of “most well-read” American cities last year, Pittsburgh came in 10th.

• Pittsburgh has been ranked the fastest growing American city, according to U-Haul's 2012 Top U.S. Growth Cities Report.

Jetsetter.com travel site picked Pittsburgh as one of the best worldwide destinations in 2013.

And here's my favorite:

Forbes.com ranked Pittsburgh as one of the 10 unexpectedly romantic cities in the world.

Here's the point. Even if you're not one of those people who keeps lists lying around, maybe this is one you should tack up on the fridge or bulletin board for the next time you want to leave town and seek greener pastures.

As we speak, I'm making a list of all the things I've yet to do in the Pittsburgh area, and all the reasons I'll probably never leave.

Mya Koch is news editor for the Sewickley Herald. She can be reached at 412-324-1403 or mkoch@tribweb.com.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.