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Shaving bucks off your ride: Lyft's pink mustache cars roll into Pittsburgh

Lyft, an app-based ridesharing program popular in several U.S. cities, has come to Pittsburgh, providing competition for other forms of transportation and excitement for residents looking for a ride. 

The Hill District: Still waiting for something great to happen

A new grocery store just opened and a coffee shop is coming. Here's a look at what else is happening in the Hill District, an important neighborhood in transition and a study in contrasts.

Pop Stars: 3 people making Pittsburgh pop

From energy to food to music, here are three people in Pittsburgh making a difference: Randy Francisco, Jamilka Borges and Fawzi Haimor.

Is growth for cities always a good thing?

Following the Remaking Cities Congress in Pittsburgh, John Rohe of the Colcom Foundation thinks it's a good time to consider whether growth is always a good thing for cities. Pittsburgh has prospered over the years despite a lack of growth. And is growth consistent with principles of sustainability?

The smart alternative called PittMoss

Mont Handley questioned why we were draining the world's carbon-absorbing peat moss habitats to fill flower pots. He not only came up with a smart alternative that recycles newspaper, but he also created a catchy name for the Pittsburgh-based product. Hail to PittMoss!  

Turning trash into treasure: How creative reuse is boosting local economies

As part of an ongoing series about what's driving change in our country, we take a look at the creative reuse movement, from the Pittsburgh Creative Reuse Center to centers in other cities, and how it's enriching all of us.

Is downtown Pittsburgh going to the dogs?

Can you judge the vitality of a downtown by the number of pet dogs living there? Downtown is more of a community now, says one pet owner who believes it shows in the increasing number of pet dogs residing there. Meet some here and see how they're changing the perception of downtown living.

The Pop City guide to kayaking in western PA

Love to kayak or want to try it? Here's everything you need to know, from renting to buying and the best places for kayaking in western PA. We start with downtown for outstanding skyline views and an urban trek that's one of the coolest in the country.

Greening a downtown Pittsburgh parking lot

Pittsburgh's first green parking lot, complete with shade trees, plants and a charming walkway, was just completed last week on Seventh St, the result of a great idea and a great collaboration.

Five standout ways Pittsburgh groups are advancing communities

Five grassroots groups are building community while greening some of Pittsburgh's most underserved neighborhoods. Find out why the Ujamaa Collective, The Homewood Children's Village and others restored the faith of a national expert recently in town. 

Ones to Watch: Four under 40

From opening a hot new cafe off Market Square to representing voters in Harrisburg, these four exceptional people are making our region a better place to be.

A Pittsburgh welcome: One Young World

Pittsburgh shined in hosting One Young World, an impressive summit featuring 1300 dynamic young people from 183 countries. The message of inspiration and change permeated throughout, from talks from Nobel Laureates and presidents to 50 breakout sessions throughout the city.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Riverlife hosts Neon & Nature Party at the Pier

Neon and nature will converge on Friday, September 7th, when Rivelife unveils a new location for its signature benefit bash, Party at the Pier. This year, head to the new North Shore ampitheater at Rivers Casino to celebrate the city's vibrant waterfronts.  

2 Wheels Lots of Green: A bike tour to explore the city and renewed vacant land

Take an urban bike tour to better explore Pittsburgh and learn about reclaiming vacant land. Then join the party at the pop-up beer garden at GTECH's headquarters in the East End.

Photo slide show: Phipps' Center for Sustainable Landscapes

When it opens today, the Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps will be one of the greenest buildings on earth. It will generate its own renewable energy, treat and reuse water capture onsite and much more. And it will look fabulous, too. See it first in this photo slide show.
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