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AB1: Intro

From the introduction to Vol. 1: Pittsburgh’s history is enchanting. It is the land of pierogies, babushkas, neb-noses, gumbands, jagoffs, jimmies and redding up. The first night World Series was played here ... the first polio vaccine was developed here ... the first motion-picture theater was opened here ... and the first Big Mac and banana split were eaten here. Few American cities have retained their immigrant-founded ethnic neighborhoods, and yet proud Pittsburghers can still be thoroughly Polish, German, Jewish or Italian in Polish Hill, Deutschtown, Squirrel Hill or Bloomfield. Pittsburgh now looks to a future of innovative technology, medicine, financial services and education, and is rightly proud of its blue-collar charm and much-lauded livability. But Pittsburghers are slow to...

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