Monday, December 08, 2008

Uncosmopolitan Pittsburgh

Leaving Pittsburgh in order to discover your Polish heritage:

"It actually gave me goose bumps," student Hilary Lesnoski, 17, said. She charted her family's journey from Poland to the United States, tracing back to her great-grandparents. She said she had not thought much about immigration until she moved to Herndon from Pittsburgh two years ago.

When you live in Pittsburgh, the world is a very small place. I'm surprised how far removed today's teenagers are removed from Pittsburgh's immigrant experience. Pittsburgh is already beyond the apathy of third generation immigrants. More than anything else I've read about, this speaks to the entrenched risk aversion.

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