PITTSBURGH WILL ALWAYS BE STEEL CITY, but future generations will also know it as a hub for robotics, artificial intelligence and similar technologies, thanks to a shift that began decades ago when the steel industry collapsed. Out of necessity, slowly but steadily, the economy became less reliant on blue-collar industries and more so on white-collar ones like finance, health care and technology.
Nashville’s once-modest skyline continues to evolve as its luxury market grows. Lavish hotel properties are added to the landscape while acclaimed chefs stake claim in the robust culinary scene and premier cultural offerings round out the city’s repertoire.
WHEN I STEPPED OFF MY FLIGHT at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport in October, I noticed something obviously different about the air. It was probably just the warmth and humidity, as the 80-degree temperature was a far cry from the chill I left in Philadelphia.