The Galapagos Islands of American dialect?

From the vaults, but still an interesting one on Pittsburgh dialect, from The New York Times Travel section, March 17, 2006 “It’s Not the Sights, It’s the Sounds”

Pittsburgh, which seems to be the Galapagos Islands of American dialect.

“Pittsburgh is a special case,” Professor Labov said. “Generally, local dialects have been absorbed by larger regional ones. But Pittsburgh, though part of the Midland, has retained its own speech patterns. In fact, Pittsburgh does things no place else does, like pronouncing ‘ow’ as ‘ah’ and very often dropping the ‘l’ when it comes at the end of a word.” (Radial, for example, winds up sounding like radio.)

Julie Schoonover, the barkeeper from Corning, had described the dialect of the Steel City (a k a Pixburgh) more succinctly: “If you want to hear some freaky talk, go to Pittsburgh,” she told me. “It’s all ‘yinz goin’ dahntahn’ down there.”

And later expanded on in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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Matt Pitzarella joins Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney

During my career I’ve been incredibly fortunate to work with some of the most dynamic and exciting organizations on a variety of issues – none more so than responsible energy development. So it’s with great privilege to join Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC as their Director – Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Section out of their Pittsburgh office.

I was immediately attracted to Buchanan’s historic past and valued reputation. Having worked as a consultant and for companies involved in pipelines, public utilities, power generation, and energy exploration and production I’ve long held the firm and their attorneys in incredibly high regard. It’s particularly exciting to now work alongside those dynamic men and women.

If you’ve not had the chance please check out knowingEnergyLaw, a Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney blog, Trending in Energy: Natural Gas for Current Legal, Political and Business Issues Shaping E&P, Midstream and Downstream Natural Gas Markets, and Trend in Energy: Renewables for Current Legal, Political and Business Issues Shaping Utility Scale Wind and Solar Energy Development.

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Pittsburgh region, “tip of the ethane iceberg”

Beaver County, home to nearby Marcellus Shale development (and several members of the extended Pitzarella family), is poised for growth thanks to Shell’s announced ethane “cracker.”

In a three part series from Natural Gas Intel, the editors gathered with industry experts and analysts to see what the downstream future for natural gas related products like ethane could mean for the region.

Panelists indicated the hope is for the announced facility to be the “tip of the iceberg” for more such facilities. From the report:

The Appalachian Basin’s shale formations helped to birth the natural gas renaissance in North America, and the region now is poised to join the Gulf Coast as a major petrochemical hub, a group of experts said Monday.


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Pittsburgh Most Livable City

The Pitzarella household, like many, can attest that Pittsburgh is indeed a terrific city. Since the turn of the century, Pittsburgh has consistently ranked at or near the tops of several such lists.

NEXTPIttsburgh recently wrote of a report from The Economist Intelligence Unit:

The Economist has ranked Pittsburgh as the most livable city in the continental Unites States squeaking in just under Honolulu.

That’s not all, Forbes also ranked Pittsburgh the Most Liveable Scott in America. National Urban Media indicated “in compiling their list, Forbes.com measured five data points in the nation’s 200 largest metropolitan statistical areas and averaged them to arrive at a final score. Those data points included: unemployment, crime, income growth, the cost of living, and artistic and cultural opportunities. Forbes.com utilized information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Moody’s, the FBI, and Sperling’s Best Places Arts and Leisure index.”

That’s not all, in one of their more recent lists Money magazine also found the Steel City to be the best city to live in the northeastern United States. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote at the time:

Pittsburgh’s transformation into a high-tech hub has catapulted the former rust-belt city to the No. 1 spot as best urban area to live in the Northeast by Money magazine.

The magazine includes the steel city among five “urban gems” across the country that offer an “abundance of amenities at livable prices.”

For more be sure to check out Travel + Leisure’s post on Pittsburgh.

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Pittsburgh “Triple Fault Line”

Always a great read on my beloved home town from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette‘s Brian O’Neill in his piece “What region are we in? You name it — it’s us”

Bet you didn’t know that Pittsburgh is the only major city on a “triple fault line” of regional boundaries.

Make certain you read the rest for yourself.

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Great memories and relationships

As I shared with the Pittsburgh Business Times the last day of January 2017 in the article “Pitzarella leaves Range Resources after 8 years”

“I’m proud of the work that we accomplished together and will take with me a lot of great memories and relationships. Right now, I’m enjoying time with my family, but this was the right thing at the right time. I’m really appreciative of the opportunity that Range afforded me.”

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Shale to boost Pittsburgh jobs

According to a recent report from PNC and as reported in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

“Longer term, Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling and high-tech operations are expected to be the bright spots in the local labor market.”

Responsible shale gas development from hydraulic fracturing or fracking and horizontal drilling has boosted the national economy and Pittsburgh’s economy for more than a decade. If you spend any time in Pittsburgh you’ll see the positive impacts from a diverse economy tied to energy, healthcare, education, high-tech, financial services and much more.

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