Pittsburgh is forever garnering awards for its livability and sports teams (Go Pens!), etc. And I’m always forced to comment on such things, not because my ego is somehow tied into events and places where I’m merely a smidge of smog on a pin-head, but because it’s newsworthy.
So, with my obligation to report PIttsburgh happenings, I must proclaim, with regret, our latest position at number one:
Yes, that’s right, surpassing
2. Los Angeles
6. Logan, Utah
7. Salt Lake City
We are the sootiest city. Doesn’t sound as intimidating as the Steel City, though.
How is this possible? We’ve cleaned up our closets and our act, yet the residue of steel mills past, still linger? well, according to an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Guillermo Cole, an Allegheny County Health Department spokesman, says the ranking is given us for no other reason than Clairton. "But, it’s a localized issue and the problem area is very small."
He says actually, that "Liberty-Clairton is a unique situation. We have a large source, the coke works, sitting in a river valley, so it’s a real challenge. There’s no other area of the US like that."
You know, the solution is really very simple. Simply oust that section of the Mon Valley from the Pittsburgh Metro Area. Yeah, I know there’s the whole factual aspect standing opposed to doing something of that nature–just pretending an entire geographic area isn’t attached to another, but hey this is Pittsburgh. We can pretend with the best of them, right?
Or, we could do the reverse and tout that area as one of the last places in America to actually produce something…Any press is good press…there are so many good ways to view this. I can’t stand it.
The thing that really has me thinking is that two places in Utah and one in Oregon are listed. What could they possibly do in those areas be so sooty?