Faced with Pittsburgh housing and mental health care, I left the nest

Aim Comperatore stands for a portrait at Comperatore’s Pressley Street High Rise apartment on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023, in East Allegheny. (Photo by Stephanie Strasburg/PublicSource)

After eight years in a city known for manageable cost of living, a large medical establishment and football pride, I had no choice but to fly.

First-person essay by Aim T. Comperatore

My hope was that Pittsburgh would be my forever home. Alas, life did not work out that way. That’s why, early this autumn, I swallowed my Steelers fan pride and made the move to a rival city, saying to Pittsburgh: Nevermore.

I grew up in Delaware, then moved to Erie at age 31. I came south to Pittsburgh eight years ago, seeking good medical care, serviceable transit and affordable living.


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