As I prepare to leave Pittsburgh, I got thinking about the little idiosyncrasies that give any city its personality. Here’s a few for da burgh:
-The Third Fifth Bank is on Seventh Ave.
-When you ride the bus towards the city, you pay when you get on. When you ride away from the city, you pay when you get off. The best explination for this I’ve heard is that “maybe it gets the bums out of downtown”.
-“Yinz.” Think of it like “y’all”.
-Vacuum cleaners are “sweepers”, and sprinkles are “jimmies”. (I could write a whole other entry on the local lingo)
-No, there is no straight road between points A and B.
-Unlike most decently sized cities, nobody lives downtown. The extended city neighborhoods are where the action is.
I may add more later as they come to me.