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Erwin & Patricia: 30 Neighbors. 30 Days. Spotlighting diverse Pittsburghers in social media and here on PittsburghUrbanMedia.com 

January 27, Day 8:  

“Diversity is powerful. So when you see someone around you who doesn’t look like you, you should give them a chance... he is going to say something or he or she is going to think of something that you are not thinking right now because it’s different and different is good.” -- Erwin

“I think people should be excited when they see that someone chose to live here, who has never even been here before [like us], instead of seeing that as an imposition or unusual or suspicious because we’ve gotten that as well: ‘why are you here?’ I think change is good, embrace that.” -- Patricia


“What we’ve noticed about Pittsburgh is that it’s a little bit insular. Because people are typically from here... they still hang around ​​with their friends and neighbors from childhood, and have these built in networks, and that’s not always easy to penetrate…

The other cities we were considering were pretty predictable, already established, and I think it would have been very clear how our lives would have turned out. And here, it’s more unexpected, and I’m not sure what’s going to happen.” -- Patricia  #IamPGH


“We’re going to take advantage of what we have around us… We’re going to adapt as much as possible until the point where we can bring something to the city, too. We’re going to try to make whatever is in our hands and around us better… we’re going to find a way to contribute.” -- Erwin  #IamPGH


Welcoming Pittsburgh is launching 30 Neighbors. 30 Days., in collaboration with PittsburghUrbanMedia.com and other partners, to spotlight stories from diverse Pittsburghers, including those hailing from countries around the globe, transplants from other American cities, and Pittsburgh natives. 

  Follow the campaign:  www.PittsburghUubanMedia.com, WelcomingPGH on Facebook and Twitter, hashtag #IamPGH. 30 Neighbors. 30 Days. runs January 20 – February 18, 2016.

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