At Global Alliance, we take the “Worldwide” in our company name very seriously. We pride ourselves in offering premium limousine services to our clientele not only in our home base of Toronto but around the globe. Through our sophisticated network of trusted worldwide affiliates, Global Alliance can provide professional chauffeured services in hundreds of international cities. We will discuss many of the major worldwide destinations served via our affiliate network on this blog. Our destination today is the resurgent Steel City of Pittsburgh.
Pennsylvania’s second-largest city after Philadelphia, Pittsburgh’s metropolitan area is home to 2.3 million inhabitants, putting it in the top 25 largest metros in the United States. It has also been consistently rated as one of the top two most livable cities in the U.S. for the past decade, as well as one of the top dozen most livable cities in the world.
Founded in the mid-18th Century after decades of colonial rivalry in the region between the English and the French, Pittsburgh was originally named Fort Pitt after British Prime Minister William Pitt the Elder. Although only a village after the Revolutionary War, Pittsburgh soon began to grow on the back of industry and manufacturing, especially after the War of 1812 cut America off from British imports. Rebuilt after a mid-century fire, Pittsburgh became home to large German, Irish, Polish, and Welsh populations, the latter’s group’s mining experience especially important for mineral extraction in the nearby Allegheny Mountains.
Pittsburgh became known as the Steel City after Andrew Carnegie’s production advances made the city a major steelworking centre in the late 19th Century. The nation’s 10th largest city by 1910, Pittsburgh remained a major manufacturing centre until industrial restructuring nationwide led to layoffs and plant closures through the 1980s. Fortunately, Pittsburgh’s “Renaissance” projects and economic diversification around the same period, focused on clean air and water, education, tourism, and healthcare and technology services, put the city on firm footing for a prosperous future.
Pittsburgh’s downtown, known as the Golden Triangle, lies at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers. Its skyline features 30 skyscrapers, and the adjacent Cultural District is home to many theatres and arts venues of other kinds. Another nickname for Pittsburgh is the City of Bridges, earned by the city’s 446 bridges across its three rivers. The city is often steeply sloped as well, with many staircases, hiking trails, and scenic overlooks weaving in and out of hill-clinging neighbourhoods, as well as two heritage incline railways running up Mount Washington on the South Side.
Pittsburgh’s thriving industrial past has left it with many cultural and educational institutions founded and funded by industrialist benefactors, many by the Carnegie family. In addition to Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University are also located in the city. Pittsburgh is also an energetic professional sports city, with successful, championship-winning franchises in the NFL (Pittsburgh Steelers) and the NHL (Pittsburgh Penguins), as well as a historic Major League Baseball club, the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Please feel free to contact Global Alliance Worldwide Chauffeured Services for all of your transportation needs in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.