As their due date neared last fall, Ryan Poling and his wife faced a difficult decision. Did they want to raise their daughter in Pittsburgh, the city in which they’ve built a life during the last nine years, or pick up and move across the country, near Poling’s family in California?
“It’s really hard to think about leaving,” said Poling, of Point Breeze. Though family was the main factor in their decision, it wasn’t the only one. “The secondary push is the air quality. It’s just horrific. We don’t want our daughter to grow up breathing this stuff.”