A Miserable List

Well here is something to be happy about – Pittsburgh is not on Forbes Magazine’s List of the top 10 most miserable cities. We have been talking about this article on the Metrobloggers authors list and everyone agrees that this list extra miserable because the people at Forbes put it into a slide show, instead of just giving you a list. So to save you the trouble of watching a miserable slide show, here is the list:

1. Detroit, MI
2. Stockton, CA
3. Flint, MI
4. New York, NY
5. Philadelphia, PA
6. Chicago, IL
7. Los Angeles, CA
8. Modesto, CA
9. Charlotte, NC
10. Providence, RI

Ii am not sure how I feel about the criteria of this list, it is based on a lot of economic data. I know that there are tons of people who live in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles that love it there. Check out the responses from these cities:
Los Angeles

5 Comments so far

  1. Chal (unregistered) on February 7th, 2008 @ 2:26 am

    Born and raised here in PGH.

    After living the past 4 years in LA, and 20+ years before that in NYC, PGH looks pretty good to me. It’s changed and so have I, seems like a good fit. Below the radar, cool town. No tourists. Good food. Cool music. Cheap apartments. Nice people.

    Reminds me of NYC in the ’70s. Now that was fun.
    If we could just put the LCB out of biz…

  2. John Morris (unregistered) on February 7th, 2008 @ 1:16 pm

    As a life long New Yorker, I sadly have to admit to the lists accuracy. The cost of living creates misery for almost everyone who is not very rich and or very lucky. (have a rent controlled apartment)

    The commuting time, I think includes the entire metro area. If you are lucky enough to lie in a prized slice of Manhattan you might have a very short commute.

    Course, the list includes the metro area, which means– New Jersey, which totally sucks.

  3. John Morris (unregistered) on February 7th, 2008 @ 1:22 pm

    I also agree to seeing a similarity between Pittsburgh today and NY in the 1970’s. However, there is no comparison in terms of the crime — NY, back then- all of NY, was dangerous. It was a great time for those people who loved the city but didn’t have money since nobody else seemed to like it.

    Also, the size of the cities is just not close. The closest comparison to Pittsburgh today, might be San Francisco, in the early or mid 1960’s.

  4. Robin K (unregistered) on February 13th, 2008 @ 9:34 pm

    I’m coming to Pittsburgh this weekend! Here is Philly’s response: http://philadelphia.metblogs.com/archives/2008/02/were_a_mean_one.phtml

    We’re full of attitude, but I, for one, am pretty happy here.

  5. Lindsay (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 10:17 am

    Hi Robin – I am working on posting more Pittsburgh activities for this weekend on IheartPGH.com – enjoy your visit.

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