I’ve never read the Economist. I’ve seen the magazine around somewhere, probably at the public library, but I’ve never read it. I think it’s a high-profile, influential publication that the movers and shakers of business and finance put a lot of stock in;…I think.
The local all-news radio station (KQV) has been reporting that the Economist has once again (I think it’s the third time in the past few years) picked Pittsburgh as the most livable city in the continental United States. This is big news. The radio station estimated that being voted the most livable city by the Economist brings around 12-million visitors/vacationers (and their money) to the city every year.
Pittsburgh, the Old Soldier salutes you!
I do like my hometown. When I’ve had too much to drink, I like to tell people that Pittsburgh is my Paris.
It’s a sunny, hot day and I took a long walk from my apartment in North Oakland into Little Italy down into Lawrenceville to check on Clothing and Café, a vintage clothing store whose owners are considering carrying paperback copies of my book, Compressionism: The Pittsburgh Stories, on consignment. The store is a few doors up from 44th and Butler Street.
The store is so cool. It serves lattes and pastries. It carries vintage clothes and old vinyl albums. It showcases niche magazines and the books of little-known, local publishers and writers. The place is really laid back. The customers and staff are mostly in their 20s and 30s and mellow. I’ve been to the place several times now. Every time I walk in the place I feel like a hippie again.
My contact person wasn’t there. So I just hung out for a while breathing in the good smells and checking out the merchandise and I made a mental note to return when I get my fun money in a few days.
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