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Re: “Neighborhoods: Most livable city for whom?

I would love to say that Pittsburgh is ok and a nice, progressive city, but I can't. Pittsburgh simply didn't let me love it. I was brought here as a young refugee from an european country at the age of 21. So, it wasn't my choice where to immigrate, they made Pittsburgh my destination, I didn't. But I was fine with it and hopeful about being able to adjust here. English was never problem as I spoke it even back then as I do now. I was full of enthusiasm about moving here willing to contribute to this society with my potentials that needed to be substantiated through good schooling and upgraded education which I have interest and talent for. However, refugee immigration agencies have used the tactics in telling me "you were brought here just to pay taxes, forget about schooling, you have to take the jobs no American would like to work, Pittsburgh is a tough-rough working class city and you have to be only that way...".And, yes, I worked those jobs. Then, totally left on my own devices, I got misled at a local "Business and career school" which, I found out later, is well known for luring students, just for their own (school's) profit. I was also told by a local pastor here (that I got referred to be my help in signing application for permanent residence) that in Pittsburgh "it's undesirable to be single, unmarried, without family" and so on and so on..., although I only watch my own busibness and am a shy person! The same things about Pittsburgh I was told by another caseworker at a social agency for immigrants. At the Career Link, I was told by an official that "Pittsburgh is old-way, old-fashioned, discriminative city" in which for me is very difficult to adjust more successfully no matter how much I want to. So, please, do NOT take the criticism of Pittsburgh as malicious. As I said, I would love to be able to say honestly that I like Pittsburgh, but I'm not allowed to like it- by Pittsburgh, itself. And, similar stories to mine I have heard from some other single, young refugees/immigrants, but who had luck to already leave this city. Facing some unpleasant facts about this city of Pittsburgh and working on them to improve it, can only improve the city itself. Thanks for letting me express myself while I contemplate on leaving which I would have done long ago had I been able to do it.

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Posted by Velibor on 02/08/2008 at 4:51 AM

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