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Bobby Zappala

Bobby Zappala

Bobby Zappala is the co-founder and CEO of Thrival, an innovation and music festival, and Thrill Mill, a nonprofit business incubator, both supporting early-stage Pittsburgh startups.


A look back: The courting of Google, circa 2006

Originally published in March 2006, this Pop City story about Google landing corporate office here is prescient both in its discussion of Pittsburgh's relationship with the tech behemoth and for its reference to 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Graffiti artwork by Shane

A retrospective of the best of Pop City

Since first publishing in 2006, Pop City has chronicled the rise of Pittsburgh's most dynamic people, places, and social movements. This issue is dedicated to those far-sighted stories that show how Pittsburgh has grown.


The transformation, to be continued

Pop City's very first issue heralded the dramatic transformation that Pittsburgh faced in the mid-2000s. As expressed by founding editor Tracy Certo, that optimism of 2006 still feels relevant today. Certo, now the founder of NEXTPittsburgh, originally wrote this story for the inaugural issue of Pop City on March 1, 2006.

East Liberty Celebrates MLK at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater. Photo by John Altdorfer.

Video rewind: East Liberty

A few years back, Pop City took stock of one of its fastest-changing neighborhoods through some compelling video storytelling. Catch this pivotal moment in East Liberty's rebirth, originally published on March 28, 2012.


Revisiting the roots of Lawrenceville's artistic and commercial growth

The early underground rumblings that stirred Lawrenceville's seismic shift. This article was originally published on April 26, 2006. 

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The Kelly Strayhorn Theater welcomes the community into its home

The Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty goes beyond its role as a performing arts hub to serve a social gathering space for everyone in the community.

Pittsburgh Carrick High School in Carrick

Is Pittsburgh doing enough for families?

When the clouds clear and the rivers glimmer, Pittsburgh's future looks pretty bright. But one of the most literal indicators of a city's success -- its children -- aren't necessarily reaping the benefits of a shiny new Pittsburgh. Here, Pop City details where the city is missing the mark, and how some leaders are stepping up for local youth.

Justin Severino, executive chef of Cure and Morcilla

Culinary trendsetters weigh in on the city's food scene

Six of Pittsburgh's brightest food stars give Pop City their local picks for inspiration, innovation and indulgence.

The porches at Summerset

Summerset at Frick Park: A new, traditional neighborhood redefining Pittsburgh

Summerset at Frick Park recently received the 2015 Merit Award in Design by the American Society of Landscape Architects, and won the Act 2 Award for "Place to Live" by the PA Brownfields Conference.

Detroiters buying local at Great Lakes Coffee

So you want to be a localist? Three ways to up your game

Do you believe in the power of small business to restore community? If so, you might be a localist. Here are three simple suggestions for how to contribute to the localist movement in a meaningful, holistic way.

Meghan Klingenberg greets a young fan during her appearance at a Pittsburgh Riverhounds game on July 15.

Pittsburgh's female sports stars score big with local youth initiatives

Talk about team players. What Meghan Klingenberg, Swin Cash and Brianne McLaughlin are doing to support girls in sports right here in Pittsburgh.

Travelers check in at Pittsburgh International Airport.

Want to turn Pittsburgh into a power player? Make flying to and from easier

Pittsburgh is drawing attention as a destination for food, investment, baseball, livability, charm, and retirement, despite air service to only 36 destinations from Pittsburgh International Airport. Officials maintain they're on a mission to increase air service.

Trailer Estates manufactured home

The return of the pre-fab home

Millennials looking to buy their first homes and Boomers looking to downsize find factory-built or manufactured housing to be a good alternative that offers affordable, sturdy and green living. 


Pop Filter Hot Pick: Death From Above 1979 Comes to Altar Bar

Legendary Toronto band Death From Above 1979 makes a long-awaited stop in Pittsburgh when the duo plays Altar Bar on Aug. 3.
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