The Paris of Appalachia: Pittsburgh in the Twenty-First Century (2020)

The Paris of Appalachia: Pittsburgh in the Twenty-First Century Brian O'Neill The Paris of Appalachia Pittsburgh in the Twenty First Century This isn t so much a history of Pittsburgh as it is a biography Sometimes we re so afraid of what others think we re afraid to declare who we are This city is not midwestern It s not East Coast It s
  • Title: The Paris of Appalachia: Pittsburgh in the Twenty-First Century
  • Author: Brian O'Neill
  • ISBN: 9780887485091
  • Page: 291
  • Format: Paperback
The Paris of Appalachia: Pittsburgh in the Twenty-First Century Brian O'Neill This isn t so much a history of Pittsburgh as it is a biography Sometimes we re so afraid of what others think, we re afraid to declare who we are This city is not midwestern It s not East Coast It s just Pittsburgh, and there s no place like it That s both its blessing and its curse.
The Paris of Appalachia: Pittsburgh in the Twenty-First Century Brian O'Neill

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  1. Paul Haspel

    Pittsburgh is a fascinating city a culturally rich metropolis set amid the steep hills of a region often associated with industrial blight, poverty, and hard times No doubt it is for that reason that Brian O Neill calls this portrait of the city The Paris of Appalachia Pittsburgh is a beautiful, pleasant, eminently walkable city, filled with delightful restaurants and museums and music clubs the Paris reference, in that regard, is not far off At the same time, it is undeniable that Pittsburgh is [...]

  2. Matt

    O Neill is a very good newspaper columnist, and this book reads like it The unifying theme is his perspective on the city, but beyond this unifying theme it reads like a whole lot of nice snapshots cobbled together Some snapshots depict the charm and others depict the less desirable aspects But he s sharp and he definitely understands the place, good and bad It s an easy read, funny where he wants to be, and thoughtful about the historical and political issues facing the city and region.In fact, [...]

  3. Michelle

    I would not necessarily recommend this book to anyone who has not lived or spent a lot of time in Pittsburgh, but it is an interesting study of the city both from a cultural and from an urban development perspective Definitely made my heart grow fonder for the old Burgh.

  4. kxm

    EVERY Pittsburgher, new and old needs to read this book The only thing I find disappointing is that O Neill only diagnoses the problem and it s a big, old, ingrown, intractable problem I was hoping that he would at least, at the end of this slim volume, point us in a direction toward some things that might help us start to untangle the mess the Commonwealth has wrought.So on that front, I m on my own, but the book is still very much worth reading I m a big time homer, so the fact that it begins [...]

  5. Ryan

    This is a wonderful book about Pittsburgh, in particular, the Northside O Neill, adds a human touch to his exploration of the history, culture, present, and policy of the Pittsburgh region He also has great columns in the Post Gazette that are very similar to his writing style in this book Note, some chapters do read like he pulled them from his columns at PG But he adds a lot than just reprinting his PG columns.

  6. Andy Greenhow

    In the universe of books about cities by the journalists who cover them, this is a habitable planet, but not a star.

  7. Mike

    The author, a Pittsburgh Post Gazette columnist, obviously loves Pittsburgh This smallish book can be approached in several ways 1 as a Pittsburgher, 2 as a Pennsylvania taxpayer, and 3 as a data source I have lived in Pittsburgh for 34 years and enjoyed his meanderings, warts and all as noted in another review, about Pittsburgh His political asides relating to the most expensive state legislature, Pennsylvania, in the USA should raise a taxpayer s ire The author s comparison of Pittsburgh with [...]

  8. Sue

    Brian O Neill has written a love letter to his adopted city He s right, of course Pittsburgh is manageable, walkable, green, and full of things to do The hills, the rivers, the bridges, the sports What s not to like Love isn t blind, however, and O Neill notices a few warts The distinctly 21st century challenges for Pittsburgh might not be so different from many other political entities, especially those which have lost whole industries and struggled to revive themselves In other words, the Rust [...]

  9. Miss Michael

    I don t generally read non fiction, but sometimes I forget that a non fiction book can still be a narrative This one tells the story of Pittsburgh, and so my boyfriend gifted me with it as we planned for a trip to his hometown.O Neill reveals late in the book that he was originally thinking of calling the book I Love Pittsburgh Like a Brother and My Brother Drives Me Nuts This title would have been far telling of the books content While much of it does make the reader or at least, this reader f [...]

  10. Nancy

    This is my current favorite book I ve always enjoyed Brian O Neill s columns in the Post Gazette, but I was not an avid follower However, reading this book may make me one The book is interspersed with personal stories and facts and statistics It is extrememly readable and there is much I could personally relate to.I have now bought 5 copies of this book one to keep and four that I have given or will give as gifts Hint If ordered throught the PG website, one can get a signed copy.January 15, 201 [...]

  11. Barb

    I really enjoyed this book it was interesting to learn about how Pittsburgh evolved and the changes that have occurred since the Civil war I want to visit some of the neighborhoods that Brian O Neill talks about I will also look at Pittsburgh in a different light since reading this book mostly, I will be aware of how important it is to be grateful for all of the great things this city has to offer, such as its emphasis on the arts, its beautiful architecture and picturesque downtown along the r [...]

  12. Kathryn Bashaar

    I thought this book was actually going to make the point that Pittsburgh has things in common with Paris other than city steps Oh, you silly yinzer The title is sarcastic Pittsburgh s the closest thing to Paris you re going to find in Appalachia, which ain t sayin much Actually the book is kind of a love letter to Pittsburgh, but from a frustrated lover who sees his beloved ruining her life And it was interesting to learn why we ended up with so many little municipalities in Allegheny County, w [...]

  13. Louise Silk

    This book reads like a long editorial about the value of Pittsburgh particularly the North Side where the author lives with his family But I m from the east end and live on the South Side so he was praising the wrong territory for me.Even though the book isn t that old 2009, I couldn t help be think that it is already outdated Pittsburgh is still very much in flux and this book didn t seem to allow for continued growth.

  14. Jenn

    I really wanted to like this book, and in the beginning, I did It filled in little bits of information, things I didn t know about places in the city I ve never been By the middle of the book, though, I kept thinking OK, fine, I get it, you can walk there Meanwhile, every time I try to cross a Pittsburgh street on foot, I feel like I m playing Frogger.This book was surprisingly full of typographical errors, which someone very helpfully marked in pencil in the library s book.

  15. Amy

    Starts off meandering, with the first two thirds mainly thin column type rumination not surprising, as the author is a longtime Post Gazette columnist on how great it is to go to local bars and get snow cones at the local park in the summer The last third is a really interesting look at some of Pittsburgh s structural problems That should have been the bulk of the book, with the column type musings used at sparing intervals.

  16. Christine Cato

    I don t remember who told me to read this but it s excellent so far.Loved it Ok to be honest I loved the love letter parts than the what s wrong parts but he did a wonder job of walking through the statistics while keeping it interesting Going to research that foot bridge thats some cool stuff.

  17. B.

    The author knows Pittsburgh very well and as a reporter has spent considerable time thinking about the city Covers the good and bad of Pittsburgh much of which would apply equally well other other rust belt cities like Buffalo in particular.

  18. Jehnie

    A fun, light read, written by a local journalist, that gives a good introduction to the Pittsburgh of today For what it s worth, I have this labeled as academic not because of the writing style or type of book, but because it will likely get used in a classroom.

  19. Eric

    Interesting enough collection of essays here I love the local element, as it is about Pittsburgh Worth looking at, for sure.

  20. Michael Lewyn

    Generally good could use comparison to other Rust Belt cities Pittsburgh is stronger than Cleveland or St Louis how come

  21. Erin

    I only went to college in Pittsburgh, never lived there permanently, but reading this book was like a good visit I always enjoy going back to the Burgh.

  22. Kate

    This book does a good job of mixing neighborhood observations about O Neil s love of Pittsburgh with fair criticism s of the city and region s problems.

  23. Henry Le Nav

    A thought provoking book written by a gentleman who genuinely loves his adopted town Great explanation on the city and county structure of local governments Enjoyable read as well.

  24. Alicia

    This is a fun read for a Pittsburgher I enjoyed learning about all of the little ethnic neighborhoods and the history and traditions of the people who live in them.

  25. Iaconea

    Funny and frustratingwell worth reading if you love or even like the Burgh O Neill nails the city foibles and all

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