Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Pittsburgh: The Best City in the World! 'n'at
or Pittsburgh: 29th Best City in the World!
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette printed two very compelling articles in today's paper ( see Magazine gives city a jolly good No. 1 rating and Marketer tries to boost city's profile.) Pittsburgh is getting a lot of buzz on both a national and international stage for the first time in many years... and not for our amazing sports teams. (Though it deserves mention that our Steelers did indeed win the Superbowl this year, with the players just now receiving their gawdily awesome rings, while our beloved Penguins have evened up an epic Stanley Cup match-up, with the championship to be decided in game 7 on Friday.)
But that's my point. Two of our city's sports teams are of championship caliber, (sorry Pirates,) yet they are not what is garnering all of the attention.
Not only will Pittsburgh host the G20 meeting of world leaders in coming months, but our fair city has again earned title of "Most Livable City in the United States" and 29th world-wide, by British magazine the Economist. But for some Most livable in this country is not good enough. Eyeflow, apparently a Pittsburgh based web marketing company has this grand idea to basically spam the internet with the phrase "Best City in the World" linked to Pittsburgh's website. I almost bit and did so at this site, but refrained from actually linking to the city based on the fact that it is a lie. We are not the best city in the world. The survey results printed directly above the marketing article (that's right I actually read the paper version of the newspaper) shows that 28 cities worldwide are actually better than Pittsburgh.
However, who cares about the rest of Earth. We are the United States right. Bald Eagles, Apple Pie, Captain America, and whatnot. In light of the many independent observers, from Forbes Magazine to Places Rated Almanac, who have all recognized the great attributes of the town we live in, is the United States not enough? Will such fallacious exaggeration from "in the nation" to "in the entire World" help the city overcome its apparent inferiority complex?
For the time being I accept that Pittsburgh is the best city in the good ol' U.S. of A. But the world?
Well... not until we win that Stanley Cup.
by Lord Johnson