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Not quite paradise, but…

You only have about a century tops to spend in this world before you go on to a better one, but there’s no reason not to spend that short time in the best possible place. It’s comforting to have some confirmation that I made the right choice, even though I didn’t really need it. The latest edition of the Places Rated Almanac puts Pittsburgh at the top of the list again, right where it was in the first edition.

Between those two points, 22 years apart, Pittsburgh has bounced up and down in the list, but it’s the only city that’s always been in the top 20.

Years ago, when I was growing up in the vast Washington suburbs, I used to tell people that my dream was to live in a big old house on the streetcar line in Pittsburgh, a place I knew from frequent visits to relatives. People thought I was a bit odd. Then came the first Places Rated Almanac when I was in college, and I at least had something to point to.

It’s not quite paradise. For one thing, I don’t expect to have to mow the lawn in paradise, or take out the garbage. But as a stop along the way, it’s a good choice. As I sit here right now on the third floor of a century-old house, I hear a streetcar going by.

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