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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.

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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.

Butler County resident Rob Pushak, 26, trains on a vertical mill on May 7 in the South Side of Pittsburgh, as part of a machinist training program held by New Century Careers in the BotsIQ building.

Millennials wanted as Boomers expected to leave a crater in the job market

The Pittsburgh area is attracting many highly educated Millennials, but what the region needs are younger people willing to look at manufacturing jobs.

Billy Epting, 27, chose a graduate program and research position at Carnegie Mellon University over offers from two other prestigious schools in the nation.

Pittsburgh's brain gain

The high number of advanced degrees among Pittsburgh's youngest workers combined with the big tech companies that have set up shop here has created a brain gain in the region. 

Christina Ailor, 27, graduated with a political science degree but has been unable to find a job where it applies. She works two part-time jobs and still has trouble making ends meet.

Underemployed, out of work

Underemployment affects 7.4 percent of Pennsylvanians in the Millennial age group, and about 4.4 percent of all Pennsylvanians, regardless of age, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The porches at Summerset

Summerset celebrates the season of the porch with a new kind of neighborhood block party

Summerset at Frick Park celebrates the front porch as an icon of city living with a porch party on May 17.

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Pop Filter Hot Pick: Carnegie Museum of Art and VIA Present #nowseethis

Carnegie Museum of Art and VIA present #nowseethis, which celebrates the publishing of the Hillman Photography Initiative's photo book with art installations and live music.  

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A legacy of philanthropy: How foundation support benefits Pittsburgh, today and tomorrow

From neighborhood improvement initiatives to parks and recreation to social causes, the tradition of philanthropy in Pittsburgh has fueled the city’s recent economic and cultural renaissance.

Good Fridays at The Andy Warhol Museum lobby

Happening around town: Happy hours with a twist

From bottle labeling parties to drinks with dinosaurs, Pittsburgh's beloved cultural institutions are redefining the rules of attraction. Pop City curates the city's most innovative mix-and-mingle experiences.

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Parks conservancy group gives Pittsburgh students a lesson in STEM

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy has turned the city's green spaces into a vast outdoor classroom for students exploring STEM subjects at Pittsburgh Public Schools.

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Lenka Clayton: An artist in residence in motherhood

At the intersection of motherhood and art, the personal is political for Pittsburgh artist Lenka Clayton. Her project, An Artist Residency in Motherhood, first appeared at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in 2012 and now is gaining national attention. 

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Bus meets bike: How the next wave of commuters is changing the urban landscape

In Pittsburgh and across the state, the humble bicycle is mobilizing efforts to usher in a new era of public transportation. In Part Three of our three-story series on transportation, Pop City navigates the connection between buses, bikes and the commuters who depend on them.

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Art Institute student shows collection at New York Fashion Week

Romina Vairo, a recent fashion design graduate at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, will show her collection Frozen Bone at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City on Feb. 17. 

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Pittsburgh as a driving force behind transportation technology

From bus-tracking apps to robotic traffic signals, the New Year has introduced some big changes for Pittsburgh in the realm of transportation. Part One of Pop City's three-part series on transportation issues within Pittsburgh and across Pennsylvania.

Oakland hosted the second Anchor District Forum in December 2013

Eds and meds, unite: Anchor districts are new engines for job creation

Across the United States, anchor districts like Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood stabilize communities through creative placemaking and job creation. Here, an in-depth look at anchor districts in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Cleveland. 
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