Emigrating to Pittsburgh from New York

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Hello Fellow Furries,

 

I find my self at a crossroads right now- i've lived in New York City all of my life, born and bred- i've gone through a lot of changes in the last couple of years on various levels, and I feel I need a change of pace. New York just doesn't have the same charm that I thought of it as a teenager- the cost of living, rising crime, and other factors. I just want to make it known that I love the warm, lax atmosphere here, so I feel comfortable posing this question to anybody who will give me their two cents: how's life in Pittsburgh?

 

I'll be travelling to Pennsylvania a few times in the next month to get away from the daily grind of work and stress of where I live- would it be suitable for a person like me who wants to get a new start in a place at a slower pace?

 

Whether you've lived in Pittsburgh, Erie, Philadelphia, or anywhere in between, what's out there that's worth considdering? I'm looking to make a change, and i'm the bungee jumper who is scared to death of leap off the cliff into the unknown.

 

-Dolph

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Hmm, Pittsburgh Is quite an amazing place to live, In my own opinion. It is also made all the more so amazing by the great community for furrs. We have events all the time Ranging from House warming parties to ice skating in the winter, and arts and crafts night to your simple Going out for lunch together, and everything in between all that. The city it self is Quite lovely. Trees everywhere, as is the standard in all of PA it would seem. Plus you got The rivers, the parks, And even what I feel must be over a hundred different colleges that adds a degree of charm to the life of the city.

 

Just as a bit of background so you know I am not a Pitt homegrown and thus Bias, I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. Spent the first 18 years of my life there. While I am in no way able to compare that to new york I am able to say that it was a fairly large city indeed and I didn't think I would find a Place quite as nice as my own "Home Town". I Moved to Pittsburgh not for the city, or a job, or any of that. I came here to Live with someone very close to me, And even if I lost that reason now, I don't think I could see my self leaving Pitt, Its rather grown on me.

 

I Will have to Be honest with you however, Because I do not like to give one sided arguments, I like to know all the facts, and I assume so do others. There are a few minor downsides.. Mainly The streets are retarded, like some one tossed string on a map and said "Ok, that there is our road system, lets do it". My friend was telling me a story about a musician who traveled all over the world by motorcycle, and as the story goes Pittsburgh is the only place he ever managed to get lost in. Also, if your a Public Transit Kinda Person, well.. That sucks to.. mainly do to the company who runs it slowly going under. They have Cut whole routes and thinned out others multiple times in the three years I have been here. Other than That Stuff, I cant think of anything that screams "Don't Come to Pitt"

 

And last, But Never ever Least, We Have Anthro Con. I mean, Come on, Why would you not want to live in a city that is Host to What I believe but may be mistaken is the worlds largest Furry convention?

 

 

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Thanks for your input Drage- I think i'll get over the learning curve with the city's strange arrangement of streets; New York City, depending on which county you're in, all has it's nuances, and a GPS <i> usually </i> solves them. And i'm a firm believer in driving a motor vehicle- I like getting work, running errands, and having fun on my schedule, not a public transit system. There seems to be a lot of pros, and i'll be visiting Pittsburgh the second week of September to get a sense to see if the city is for me.

 

And a follow-up to when I initially made this post a couple of days ago, my landlord called me while I was going to a furmeet in State College yesterday and told me that he is selling his apartment units (including mine). My time in New York is now fixed, so i'll be really thinking this through more intensely since it may be a reality by the end of the year of moving out to Pennsylvania. 

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Pittsburgh is a big city made of small towns, every little neighborhood is different.  In addition to the roads not being well plotted, the are also not very well taken care of.  Be ready to change your struts more often due to potholes.  Crime is on the rise here too but it's still pretty low.  Strong furry community and Anthrocon are huge perks.  

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A perk of any PA city over NYC is that you have the right to bear arms here.  Prolly why our crime is lower.

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I've never held a gun before, but i'd like to exercise my second amendment right as a learning expirience- I can't wait to start exploring Pittsburgh even with these nuances. And the vibrant furry community is a huge plus- if all goes well, I may consider moving as soon as October.

 

Time to put some mileage on my Honda coutesy of the Keystone State.

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