Although I am a relatively new resident of Pittsburgh, I found myself instilled with pride and respect for our city following the reopening of the Point State Park fountain this past Friday. Oftentimes, such events seem to be ploys aimed at drawing funding or generating publicity, but in this case, the four-year rehabilitation project acted as a means to honor the accomplishments of our city and its people, whilst also providing hope for the future.
This past August, I moved cross-country in order to attend the University of Pittsburgh, attracted by comparatively low costs-of-living, phenomenal educational opportunities and the prospect of beginning an independent lifestyle. Although this city has enabled me to realize all of these dreams, I have fallen in love with Pittsburgh because of the mutual respect that exists between the state, the citizens and the history and culture that connect them.
As evidenced by the collective pride that marked the reopening of the Point State Park fountain, there is no adequate price tag that can be placed upon events that unite a city and its people. I am proud to name myself among the citizens of Pittsburgh, and fervently hope that our city's sense of culture and respect for such simple environmental pleasures such as the fountain serve as a model for other cities.