CHOOSE THE COMPARISONS CAREFULLY. Milwaukee has the Fonz and Violent Femmes; Pittsburgh boasts Mr. Rogers and a great skyline. "More alike than different, both made their reputations as manufacturing powers, and both are finding their way in a postindustrial era." A few more comparisons.
Passenger Rail. The Capitol Limited calls at Pittsburgh in the early morning eastbound from Chicago to Washington, D.C., and westbound around midnight. The Pennsylvanian is a convenient eastbound connection to New York; the westbound arrives in time for a late dinner before continuing to Chicago. The Empire Builder arrives in Milwaukee from the west coast mid-afternoon, the westbound leaves for the west coast just before the dining car opens for supper. There are enough 85 minute Hiawathas to make a day trip from either Chicago or Milwaukee and back. Advantage: Milwaukee.
Roller Coasters. Milwaukeeans can journey an hour south to Six Flags, on the Chicago side of the Cheddar Curtain, or two hours west to Wisconsin Dells. Muskego Beach closed 30 years ago. Pittsburghers have Kennywood. 'Nuff said. Advantage: Pittsburgh.
Sailing. The South Shore Yacht Club in Bay View is home to the Queen's Cup. (We are not amused.) There are numerous member clubs of the Inland Lake Yachting Association in the lake district. Pittsburgh industrialists built the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, which inspired the folk song "Sailboats on the Mountain." The lake subsequently emptied into Johnstown, Pennsylvania, one afternoon in 1889. Advantage: Milwaukee.