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arrival in Pittsburgh

When arriving last night I was kind of taken with how pretty Pittsburgh is at night... the bridges across the river are suspension bridges, well lit, and the town uses color. Flying overhead, I spotted a flaming smokestack, which I realized meant that this is a city that makes stuff. Steel City, or refinery, or whatever, it doesn't really matter what that thing was connected to; other than razor blades, I can't really think of stuff that comes out of Boston.

Driving from the airport, I spotted some pretty neon buildings down by the water; I can't remember what they were anymore, but... Pittsburgh's answer to Storrow Drive is just so wide, and relaxing, and well-lit.

It was pretty. what can I say?

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awfief
Sep. 25th, 2007 09:54 am (UTC)
Somerville still does! http://www.tazachocolate.com/ Oh, OK, 1 place in Somerville does. But I've seen them a few times around (they were at A Taste of Cambridge as well as have a regular booth at the weekly Kendall Sq. Farmer's Market) and spoken with them, and they import the beans to Somerville and the rest of the manufacturing is done in Somerville.

Waltham used to be the "Watch City". Dunno about Boston. "sand and gravel" is the only thing that comes to mind, that's not manufactured of course, but it could be/have been an export.

Boston was a port city very early on (ie, before the Tea Party caused the English to shut it down). After that, I don't think it has a lot of goods. I wonder, though...what does, say, New York City manufacture? (besides everything!) It's mostly known for stock market, financial stuff, skyscrapers, etc. I think many big cities don't need an "industry" to have kept them going....of course Boston's has always been education anyway....
nathanw
Sep. 25th, 2007 01:38 pm (UTC)
Boston and NYC both used to be big centers for small and medium manufacturing - back when being close to a port to ship things from was very important. Both of them (and a lot of other old port cities) got their clocks cleaned when containerized shipping took over. The changeover in all this is really pretty recent - the last 50 years or so.
crs
Sep. 26th, 2007 04:21 am (UTC)
I bought some Taza... but I think their wacky style of chocolate may be too highfalutin for me. It was kind of grainy. :)

I could probably come to like it though... it was very close to the essence of chocolate, in some ways.

Boston has molasses, too, right? Hmm, I guess not.

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