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About Pittsburgh

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Founded in 1758, Pittsburgh has been nicknamed "The Gateway to the West," "The City of Bridges" and "The Steel City." Today the city's economy is largely based on healthcare, education, technology (especially computer software and robotics), and financial services.

A vibrant city made up of numerous distinctive neighborhoods, Pittsburgh's heart is the Golden Triangle, encompassing Point State Park (with historic Blockhouse and dramatic fountain), where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers meet to form the Ohio River, and the bustling streets and buzzing office buildings of Downtown. Downtown campuses include Duquesne University, Point Park University, and Robert Morris University. Nearby are campuses of Carlow University, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, and the University of Pittsburgh. 

Numerous bridges across the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers and major roadways to the north and east give access to Pittsburgh's unique neighborhoods and suburban municipalities. The city and the region feature dozens of parks and other outdoor recreational attractions.

Pittsburghers are dedicated to their sports teams, including its major-league clubs — the Steelers of the NFL, the Penguins of the NHL, and the Pirates of the MLB.  These and numerous other sports teams have taken the City's official colors of black and gold as their own.

On the arts front, Pittsburgh boasts a beautiful downtown Cultural District that is home to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, and Civic Light Opera and numerous theaters and galleries.  Nearby cultural attractions include the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, Andy Warhol Museum, and Carnegie Science Center.  Add in the many music festivals held annually, numerous dance companies performing around the area, and art galleries galore, and Pittsburgh can satisfy just about any taste in the arts.

Pittsburghers hope you have the opportunity to visit us soon!


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