any one would enjoy a spectacle as striking as Niagara, he may do
so by simply walking in Pittsburg, and looking into hell with the
lid taken off."
James Parton, writer in Atlantic Monthly,
years ago, coming out of Pittsburgh on one of the expresses of the
Pennsylvania Railroad, I rolled eastward...Here was the very heart
of industrial America, the center of its most lucrative and characteristic
activity, the boast and pride of the richest and grandest nation
ever seen on earthand here was a scene so dreadfully hideous,
so intolerably bleak and forlorn that it reduced the whole aspiration
of man to a macabre and depressing joke."
H.L. Menken, from Prejudices: Sixth Series, 1927
without exception, is the blackest place which I ever saw."
English traveler Anthony Trollope, 1860
befouled the streams, bedraggled their banks, ripped up the cliffs,
hacked down the trees, and dumped refuse in her stead. He sowed
the imposing heights with hovels and set beneath them black mills
to cover everything far and wide with a film of smoke."
Robert Haven Schauffer, 1913
Frank Lloyd Wright, when asked what he would do to improve
Pittsburgh, as quoted in The New York Times, November 27,
Most Livable City."
Rand McNally, 1985
view of downtown Pittsburgh ranked as the second 'Most Beautiful
Spot' in America."
"In a nation with a wealth of stunning cities full of compelling
stories, ranking Pittsburgh as the No. 2 beauty spot is perhaps
our most surprising choice. But the Steel City's aesthetic appeal
is undeniable, as is its very American capacity for renewal. Almost
as breathtaking as the vista itself is the urban renewal that made
it possible. A century ago, a pall of smoke lay so thick over town
that streetlights burned all day. As Pittsburgh continues an evolutionary
course that has taken it from trading post to transportation hub
to industrial goliath, we salute its reinvention into one of America's
most scenic and livable communities..."
USA Today Weekend Magazine, May 18, 2003