Holly Brubach is one of the most glamorous people I know: Smart, sophisticated, incredibly stylish. So when I re-read her wonderful piece on Pittsburgh, I had to smile: "What I hated most about Pittsburgh when I was a teenager is something I have since come to love: The absence of glamour now seems a welcome relief from what a colleague calls “the fabulousness that permeates life in New York.” She's right.
There's a directness to Pittsburgh, a straightforwardness that survives from the city's industrial past. "The city’s age-old, blue-collar, shot-and-a-beer profile is deeply ingrained in its self-image, right down to the Steelers’ grinding style of football.... Modesty, dedication, generosity—in sports, these qualities constitute what’s known as 'heart.'”
You can read the whole article here. It's great: