250 years ago, Pittsburgh was on the frontier. Today it is host to a new frontier. Hello, my brother and sister readers and writers from all over the world! It’s a hot, sunny afternoon in Pittsburgh. I just came back from food shopping in Little Italy which is about a fifteen-minute walk from my apartment building. And as I walked through the nearly empty streets (it’s Sunday), I thought about how this city has changed.
When I was a kid, “Steel was King” in Pittsburgh. The city was known for heavy industry. Today, most of the steel mills are shut down. Now the city is known for the arts, commerce and medicine. It is known for The Pittsburgh Steelers and the resurgent Pittsburgh Pirates.
And Pittsburgh is a college town. I live in the neighborhood of Oakland, which is home to the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University and Carlow University.
And now the city is home to the New Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette which is on the cutting edge of the sexy flash fiction story.
This is the Old Soldier reporting from Pittsburgh.