Pittsburgh’s a pretty spectacular place. So spectacular, in fact, that it’s earned the title of the Most Livable City in America more than once. But, even with its sheer awesomeness, you’ll find there are still things most people want to avoid when living in or visiting the Burgh. Here are 11 things Pittsburghers should always avoid, if possible (and if only to avoid immense frustration.)
1. The stores before an expected snowfall
Even the mere mention of snow sends countless Pittsburghers rushing to the grocery store to stock up on the essentials. Avoid the long lines by staying stocked on essentials so you can just steer clear of those stores when the forecast calls for snow.
2. The Squirrel Hill Tunnel during rush hour traffic
Do whatever it takes to avoid the Squirrel Hill Tunnels at the height of rush hour or before any big event in the Burgh. Plug your destination into your GPS and find a less-stressful route.
Pittsburgh boasts some pretty impressive potholes which can damage both your patience and your car.
We’re lucky to be surrounded by the beauty of nature and her graceful animals but that means also always being aware that a deer can dart across the road right in front of us.
5. Road construction
Summer signals the height of the road construction season and that means detours, delays, and closed roads. Download a GPS app that will help you avoid the hassle of road construction.
6. Malls on a Friday and Saturday nights
Remember hanging out at the mall on Friday and Saturday night when you were in junior high and high school? Unless you’re up for a blast from the past and want to deal with potential rowdiness, you probably want to get your shopping done during the day.
7. Rooting for a rival sports' team and…
When in Pittsburgh, root for the home team. Like that insurance company says, it’s just what you do.
8. Wearing their jerseys
Those who wear a rival’s jersey, hat, or apparel in the Burgh? Expect to get ribbed.
9. Calling it black and yellow
Who’s seen that communications ad sprawled across the side of Mount Washington, claiming Pittsburgh is the home of the black and yellow? If you haven’t seen it, you’ve probably heard people complain that it’s not black and yellow.
It’s black and gold.
10. Insulting the Burgh
Native Pittsburghers can and do insult Pittsburgh but that’s because we live here. Come here from somewhere else and start putting our town down? Just don't do it.
11. Talking politics with strangers.
Sure, Pittsburghers talk politics. Doing so with strangers? You’re walking on the proverbial thin ice. Just read the comments on local television stations’ Facebook pages to see the arguments that erupt in Pittsburgh over politics.