CAR-PET-BAG-ER — “an outsider; especially: a nonresident or new resident who seeks private gain from an area often by meddling in its business or politics–also, carpetbaggery.”
If you weren’t born in Pittsburgh, it seems you can’t consider yourself a native until everyone who remembers the city before you got here is dead. Tom and Jean (and Belle the dog) moved to Pittsburgh from the suburbs of Chicago in 2005 (the day Hurricane Katrina hit, providing a suitable metaphor for their lives). After dithering in Squirrel Hill for 6 months, they bought a former Lawrenceville bar–the Polish Falcon Social Club–as their place of residence. They both love all sides and neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, warts and all.
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