“Could the next Brooklyn be Pittsburgh?” asked a recent article in Brooklyn Based, the online lifestyle magazine covering all things creative and cutting-edge in New York City’s most populated borough.
The story chronicled testimonies from several young ex-Brooklynites, who vacated their cramped expensive environs for the easier opportunities, extra space and more affordable living of Pittsburgh.
The young professionals in the article ranged from STEM and public service professionals to artists, chefs, and developers, many of whom were native Pittsburgh boomerangs. Other non-native transplants, who’d not before considered moving here, spoke in amazement once they took the chance and placed roots.
“l feel like Pittsburgh is Brooklyn 10 to 12 years ago,” a non-native transplant observed. “There are still plenty of neighborhoods [where people can afford] to buy homes, to rent storefronts and really pursue their passions, and that’s something I think is increasingly harder to do in central Brooklyn.”
"The low cost of living here makes it feel like you're taking home $10,000 to $20,000 more," another source noted.
There are downsides for the new transplants, too -- the transit system for one. Pittsburgh’s long winters, of course, received a unanimous thumbs-down, though none of the sources planned to uproot their more spacious, less expensive lifestyles to head back to Brooklyn anytime soon either.
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