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American Futures

Pittsburgh: 'It's Better Than You Thought'

Nov 24, 2014 | 3 videos
Video by The Atlantic

Since 2000, the tech boom has attracted droves of young, educated people to Pittsburgh. Now, many newcomers consider the city to be a bikeable and walkable paradise. This short documentary considers how it became cyclist-friendly, as well as how those changes strengthened local communities. "Everybody has a negative connotation of this city," says one resident. "It's a different place than most people think it is."

This documentary is the second of three produced for American Futures, an ongoing reporting project from James Fallows, Deborah Fallows, and John Tierney. Previously, the series profiled an arts community in Columbus, Ohio.

Author: The Editors

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