Yes, again, I’mÃ‚Â compelled to bragÃ‚Â about living in such a terrific place as Pittsburgh.Ã‚Â Even with its population having one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel, we reap the benefits of big-time city life.
Steelers, Penguins, Pirates (so what if they stink, next year’s their year, I can feel it), perogies, ballet, symphony, theater,Ã‚Â and cheap housing.Ã‚Â Who could ask for more?
Well, we also have world-class medical care.Ã‚Â Not that this is new.Ã‚Â Pittsburgh’s long been the site of the developement of medical breakthroughs (Polio vaccine, anyone), but according to US News and World Report, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is 13th in the nation.
I like that number and other than the fact UPMC gives crap in the way of taxes (they made aÃ‚Â microscopic donationÃ‚Â around $2 million last year after making billions or some extraordinary amount) I’ve always loved the fact I was so close to first-class health care.Ã‚Â
Not that I know this for a fact, but I believe that Pittsburgh is a quarter or a third of the size of the cities hosting the hospitalsÃ‚Â ranked above UPMC.Ã‚Â That ain’t bad.
So for all yinz guys lookingÃ‚Â for a new place to hang that Steeler’s cap, try a nice colonial on the cul-de-sac in the town itself.Ã‚Â
It’s good, my friends.Ã‚Â Very good.