PITTSBURGH THEN & NOW
30 Years
Click on the image to explore a map and photos of the Pittsburgh region's transformation -- then and now.


30 YEARS LATER - OVERVIEW
Pittsburgh region's mental health system under siege

A new direction for Pittsburgh

Regeneration after the steel industry's collapse has turned the region into a better place, unrecognizable to anyone in 1983.



MOST LIVABLE CITY
Pittsburgh region's mental health system under siege

From 'Hell with the lid off' to a cool place

How cool is Pittsburgh? Way cooler than folks would have predicted 30 years ago, when steel's collapse hit the region hard.



A SPORTS POWERHOUSE
Pittsburgh region's mental health system under siege

Penguins, Steelers reach the top; will Pirates follow?

Pittsburgh's sports teams have scored big, bringing plenty of attention and even more pride to the city.



TECH TRANSFORMED
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Region moves from heavy industry to medicine, tech, energy

Carnegie Mellon University has led the transition from a manufacturing hub to Silicon Valley of the East.



LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
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Will we still be Pittsburgh in 2043, or only more so?

Look how far the region has come in the past 30 years; imagine what could happen in the next 30.



BY THE NUMBERS

IN OUR OWN WORDS
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Locals say problems still seem the same

Sixteen people answer the question, "What is the most important problem in the Pittsburgh area?"



About the Series

Thirty years ago, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette produced a special section -- "How's Pittsburgh: A Portrait of an American City in the spring of 1983." It was a tale of Rust Belt woe. The steel industry had collapsed, leaving Depression-level unemployment and abandoned mills in its wake. Fifty thousand people a year were fleeing the area. What a difference 30 years makes. In a four-part weekly series, the Post-Gazette looks at 30 changes that have taken place over the past three decades -- and where we go from here.


-- It began with a column on May 30, 1983
-- 30 Years/30 Changes" ebook, available Nov. 5


A LOOK BACK
AT TROUBLED TIMES

These pages, part of a Post-Gazette special edition published on May 30, 1983, provide readers with snapshot of life here in an uncertain era.


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