A Live Look at ‘America’s Most Livable City’

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Photo: Matt Petras (Pittsburgh Current)

According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, the organization that produces the annual Global Livability Index, Pittsburgh is America’s second most livable city. (Honolulu is first.)


This is a status that Pittsburgh is proud of, bragging about and displaying it the way a parent might share their kid’s report card in a text thread. If I remember correctly, it’s prominently displayed on benches and shit at Pittsburgh International Airport, seen as you ponder whether to call an Uber or take a selfie with Franco.

It also served as Pittsburgh’s most effective response to the terrorist attack at The Tree of Life synagogue. Pittsburgh is not like those other places where terrible things sometimes happen, people said. Pittsburgh is better. Pittsburgh is unique. Pittsburgh is special. Pittsburgh is stronger than hate.


Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, and the author of What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker (Ecco/HarperCollins)


Old white guy

I’m sorry, but I can’t seem to look away from the goofy white guy in the MAGA hoodie (I thought hoodies were evil? Wait, he’s not wearing the hood so he’s not evil) proudly holding his yellow sign.

Although the guy in the orange shirt (proudly proclaiming he kills people) and beard seems like the type of guy who drives around in his pick-up truck with a giant Trump flag sailing on the back (one of which I just saw last week).

America’s finest, for sure. And the kind of people who certainly look like they would make any place ‘livable’. For themselves, at least.