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Five great neighborhoods for Pittsburgh twenty-somethings

Pittsburgh is getting younger according to recent census data. We've rounded up some of the neighborhoods millenials are calling home.

Why I moved to Pittsburgh from Italy

She started with a fine Italian leather boutique in Shadyside and is now adding a second location in Ross Park Mall—and designing a new building in Squirrel Hill for retail establishments and more. Barbara Gambotto moved here from Rome and is finding Pittsburgh to be "the best city in the world" as she discovers more opportunities for her and her family.  

Thinking of the city as your campus

The best way to learn is by doing. So when the seniors of Winchester Thurston got a class assignment to do something that benefits a community, they got to work. The result? Some cool projects, sure. But It turns out the biggest impact was on the students.

The Pop City guide to French food and wine in Pittsburgh

From macarons in a rainbow of colors to dishes like savory lamb with black truffles, our writer explores the feast of French foods (and wines!) found here in Pittsburgh.

Impressions of Pittsburgh: what the arts delegates had to say about our city

Recently, 1000 or so arts delegates from around the country converged in Pittsburgh to meet and to experience our arts scene. When we kept hearing them gush (like the newly turned-on fountain) about our city, we asked some to go on record with their impressions. From the president of PBS to the Director of the Austin Ballet, here's what they had to say.

A day in the life of: Chef Bill Fuller of Big Burrito

As corporate chef for Big Burrito, the restaurant group credited with starting the transformation of the Pittsburgh food scene, Bill Fulller has a big-city appreciation for restaurants and the way they should work. 

Mentoring women business owners in Pittsburgh

There's no better time for women to own a business in Pittsburgh. More than ever, resources for mentoring women are helping them bust through barriers and grow, grow, grow.

What's next for The Pittsburgh Promise?

With a new infusion of funding and more evidence that it's working, The Pittsburgh Promise launches a new phase with the same outstanding promise to each city student who qualifies: $40,000 in college scholarships.

Pittsburgh and beyond: How anchor institutions are shaping our cities

Oakland has long been a hub of commerce and spinoffs due to the concentration of universities, hospitals and research centers. Now the influence of these anchor institutions' is being felt in many other neighborhoods. We take a look at what's  happening in other cities, as well as Pittsburgh, as public-private partnerships increase and neighbors are getting more of a say in the shaping of their communities.

How to get connected to Pittsburgh

Want to meet more people and get better connected in your city? Here's an informal guide to get you started, from finding events you'll enjoy to networking to help your career and helpful tips along the way.

Pittsburgh teens who are changing our world

Think one person can't make much of a difference? Wait until you meet these change makers--all of them teenagers, and all of them appearing at the Be Inspired: Girls Can Change the World event this Saturday. 

A guide to cool wedding venues in Pittsburgh

Want to get a little creative with your wedding plans? Try any of these suggested places for your wedding, from the colorful Children's Museum, where you can bring in guests by school bus, to bubbly Perlé or some other new venues. Lavender fields, perhaps?

The Pop City guide to vegetarian restaurants in Pittsburgh

Here's everything you need to know about vegetarian dining in Pittsburgh, from restaurants devoted to nothing but, to places that include great vegetarian options.

What makes a teacher great? Ask the students.

These Pittsburgh kids provide some valuable lessons for teachers, from showing you really care to making learning more fun. Yo, Mrs. Jacquay, Mrs. Barsico and Ms. Saunders, we're talking to you!

Hot Pick: Artist of the Year/Emerging Artist at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts just announced that photographer Charlee Brodsky is the 2012 Artist of the Year, and multimedia performance artist Vanessa German is the 2012 Emerging Artist. Don't miss the opening reception on Friday, August 10th with exhibits by both and lots more.

Ditching the car. Going for the bike.

Following a national trend, an increasing number of young Pittsburghers are relying less on cars and more on other means of transit, especially bikes. Some are giving up their cars altogether, with no regrets. The stats will surprise you and the stories are hard to resist.

Why you should say hello to strangers in Pittsburgh

Based on a recent experiment in D.C., we set out to see how many people on our streets would respond to a simple greeting. In D.C. it was a paltry 12%. We knew Pittsburgh would do better, but by how much? Find out how we did and why it matters. Then try it for yourself.

Linda Lane: Keep the main thing the main thing

Linda Lane has a daunting task: shepherding the city’s school district through some of its biggest challenges in history while remaining a hands-on educator.

The updated guide to Shadyside

Standout architecture. Block after leafy block of charming shops and restaurants. Two thriving business districts. It must be Shadyside, a Pittsburgh favorite. Here's our updated guide to what's happening in one of the hippest areas of town.

Best spots for wine in Pittsburgh

Oh, the places you can go when you want a great glass of wine! Our intrepid writer researched this story for months and happily submits the results, from the mainstay Carlton to the innovative Naked Grape in Sewickley and many in between.

The Mad Men Tour of Pittsburgh

What would Don Draper do? Get in the spirit for the return of the hit TV series with a tour of chic places in Pittsburgh reminiscent of Mad Men in the 1960s. We offer these fun and fab suggestions, from cocktails to dinner to shopping.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: 10 new shows open at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

Ten new art exhibits will converge under one roof this Friday night, when Pittsburgh Center for the Arts hosts an opening party for its latest round of solo shows. From trash-inspired sculpture made from taxidermy and body bags to mixed-media paintings that reference videos of the tsunami in Japan, the presentation showcases and impressive crop of regional talent.

The Talent Dividend: How more college grads can add to Pittsburgh's bottom line

What's the best thing a city can do to achieve more economic success? Increase its number of college graduates. The most prosperous cities have the highest number of college grads. Read how the Talent Dividend calculates just how much college degrees add to a city's bottom line--think billions--and why Pittsburgh is one of 57 cities competing for the million dollar prize to boost college attainment.

The latest guide to buying wine and spirits in Pittsburgh

Despite archaic liquor laws (and until they change), Pittsburgh offers a number of outstanding and unusual beer distributors and specialty wine shops. Let an expert be your guide in this updated version of a Pop City article favorite.


Hear Me: Kids' voices ringing out

Giving kids a voice is what the Hear Me project is all about and now those youth voices can be heard all over Pittsburgh. From tin cans that you tip to hear stories to storyboxes, it's letting kids have a powerful say. And in some cases, it's already changing things for the better.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Get SYNC'D Up to Local Film at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

The season of drive-ins, camp sites and pool parties is officially upon us and there's no better way to ring in summer than with outdoor movies. But that doesn't mean you have to suffer through another screening of the latest buddy or vampire flick. This Friday, July 1st, unwind in one of the city's most serene green spaces as you take in short films and live musical accompaniment--all made locally.

Blog: The arts in crisis

The impact of arts is profound, from shaping our everyday lives to giving meaning and pleasure to our world to making our kids smarter in many ways. Read this defense of the arts and then see how you feel about the cuts to non-profits arts organizations.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Pittsburgh Biennial Opens Around Town

Move over Venice, São Paulo and The Whitney, and make way for the Pittsburgh Biennial. Newly expanded in terms of scope and site--and launching an unprecedented collaborative approach, the mega-show brings together local, young powerhouse curators and established and emerging creators for a look at some of the region's most compelling contemporary art.

12 Steps to Making Pittsburgh a National Energy Leader

The crisis is for real but the solutions are right at hand. Pittsburgh has turned the corner as a region that is better withstanding the down economy than many others. What's next for us? How about becoming a national leader in energy solutions? Turns out we have everything it takes. Here's the 12 Steps to making it happen.

New Girl in Town: On Nemacolin and Falling Rock

Did you know there's a new five-star resort near  Pittsburgh? And that no one at Pop City has been there? We've been to Nemacolin, of course, but not the modern and lux Falling Rock with the 24/7 butler service and 10-pillow menu. So off we went with--who else--but New Girl in Town?

Stamping Out Cigarette Butt Litter

If we could remove one thing from Pittsburgh, it might be the cigarette butt litter strewn over our landscape. While unsightly, research now shows that those cigarette butts are also toxic to our environment, polluting our streams and rivers. Here's what some Pittsburgh groups are doing to stamp out the problem.

New Girl in Town: What Pittsburgh Needs

Sure, we have much to appreciate but we can always do better. What does Pittsburgh need? Let's start with four amenities that could enhance our city--how about a living wall since we're already so green?--and raise the quality of life. Then we will continue the discussion after getting your suggestions.

From Dugout Dick to Eco Elvis: Your Environmental Road Trip

Deciding there was a role for him in the environmental movement, Mark Dixon created Your Environmental Road Trip (YERT) and traveled the country searching for innovative green solutions and delivering Pittsburgh's green message. Along the way, he discovered lots of people thinking creatively, including a cave dweller and an Elvis imitator.

Changemaker: Charlie Humphrey

As head of Pittsburgh’s Center for the Arts, Filmmakers, and Glass Center, Charlie Humphrey is taking arts advocacy to a whole new level, getting everyone involved as he battles the recession and deep budget cuts. What do the arts mean to this region? More than you think.

Pop Star: Laura Staniland

In her senior year at Duquesne, Laura Staniland has already started two companies and just snagged a $30,000 MacArthur Young Innovator award. Her proposal? A web-based game teaching kids innovative and effective public policy. Hey, we'll play!

Paris to Pittsburgh Direct: Part Deux

Paris is magical. After winging our way over on the inaugural direct flight, we can tell you how much easier the journey was flying nonstop and why you, too, will fall under this city's spell. Just don't go changing your name.

Pop Video: Wallenda Tightrope Walking in Pittsburgh

In case you missed it, Nik Wallenda provided thrills and chills, but no spills, during his tense tightrope walking feat across the Allegheny River on Friday night during the Regatta. Renee Rosensteel, freelance videographer and photographer, caught the drama in air and the behind the scenes in this video.

Pittsburgh to Paris: We're Onboard

This is big. After years of having none, Pittsburgh finally scores a nonstop flight to Europe. So now what? Support it. The publisher/editor of Pop City puts her money where her mouth is and books two tickets on the inaugural flight. Here's why.

New Girl in Town: The Perfect Pittsburgh Staycation

Staying in Pittsburgh this summer instead of going overseas? We've got you covered in our five-day staycation plan. There's so much to do that we had trouble packing it all in, from the Warhol to rocking out the Riverfront trails, you'll find a summer full of fun.

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Pop Video: Young Creatives Series with Chris Kardambikis

The brains behind Encyclopedia Destructica, the multi-talented artist Chris Kardambikis has an impressive new show of paintings and drawings at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts through June 21. Here he is on opening night.

Those Busy Burgh Bees: Urban Beekeeping and More

What do an airline pilot, architect, law student and MBA student have in common? They're all members of the Burgh Bees, a nonprofit devoted to urban beekeeping in the region. Why are bees so important? Let us count the wayzzzz...

Here a Tree, There a Tree: Greening our Schools

Here's one way to instill pride in school: add greenery. The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has embarked on a landmark project to add trees and plantings to every Pittsburgh public school. More greenery equates to a better culture, more pride in school, and happier students. Here's to going green.

How Smart is This? Pittsburghers On Their Smart Cars

There are many reasons to snag a car as fuel-efficent and economical and cool-looking as the Smart Car--from easier parking on city streets to well, landing the man of your dreams? Pittsburghers weigh in.

Pop Video: The Return of the Pittsburgh Marathon

Keith Parish of Parish Digital captures the excitement of the Pittsburgh Marathon at the starting line as runners talk about what the race means to them, and to Pittsburgh. Sunday was a great day in Pittsburgh and Pop City salutes everyone who did so much to bring this thoroughly awesome event back to town. 

Photo Slide Show: Art in Bloom

In case you missed it, the short-lived but spectacular Art in Bloom at the Carnegie Museum of Art can be seen here in a series of photos by Pop City photographer  Brian Cohen. To view the art meets nature slide show, click here.

Join us for Hands On Pittsburgh

Join the Pop City team on Saturday, May 2 at Naomi's House in Swissvale as we plant a garden and do some light construction. Or contact Pittsburgh Cares and find another Hands On Pittsburgh project to work on May 1 or 2. Get your own team together if you like. To find out more, click here, or to join the Pop City team, click here. We'd love to have you!

Art in the Name of Diversity: Elizabeth Castonguay

How does a painter use her art to fight for social justice?  Meet Elizabeth Myers Castonguay, who addresses diversity and social responsibility in her series of striking paintings.

The Thrill of Instant Download

From the Kindle 2 to the phone novels in Japan (earning small fortunes for their young authors), the world of digital publishing is changing fast. So what's the word on the local scene? Let's start with the Kindle. "It's my favorite thing in the world besides my husband and daughter," says one user. If that gives you an idea.

Join us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter

If you haven't found us already, please join the Pop City Pittsburgh group on Facebook and follow PopCityPgh on Twitter. Join the conversation and feel free to make suggestions, including story ideas!

From Couture to Cool: The Payoff in Consignment and Resale Stores

A dress from Saks. A Chanel purse. $100 jeans for under $10. That's what we found rummaging our way through some select consignment and resale stores in town. If you know where to look, you can snag all kinds of fab finds. And you can make money on the clothes you have. Here's a guide to get you started.

Small Business Development: Getting Launched for Success

It starts with a dream and a solid business plan. When Pittsburgh entrepreneurs want to start a new business, the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center guides the way. It's free and based on the many success stories, highly effective. 

Pitt Stops: Touring Pittsburgh Neighborhoods Bar by Bar

What can you learn by visiting a bar in each of Pittsburgh's 90--yes 90-- neighborhoods? It took 18 months and many raised glasses to find out but Jim Dilmore and his group think it was well worth the, uh, research.

The Amazing Women Behind the Pittsburgh Marathon

Last held in 2003, the Pittsburgh Marathon was considered one of the top 5 in the country, attracting runners from all 50 states and beyond. Now with the tenacious and remarkable efforts of three women, the Pittsburgh Marathon returns May 3rd. This is a story to inspire all, even the non-runner.

Boomerangers: Goodbye, Hello Again!

So many Pittsburgh natives who left for brighter lights and bigger cities have returned to their hometown to find a change for the better. From new developments to an energetic art scene and renewed neighborhoods, it's good to be home!

Hey, You're in Kidsburgh!

This week a sold-out crowd will gather at the CityLIVE! event to learn from Geoffrey Canada, Marion Heard, and Mark Roosevelt about success strategies for children. And then those attending will be called to action. You, too. Whether you go to the event or not, there's a role for you in making Pittsburgh a better place for kids: Kidsburgh. Be a part of it!

Visit Our Archives

Read any article ever run in Pop City--from feature stories and innovation news, to full sets of neighborhood guides-- by accessing our archives. Click on the gray bar above  to learn more about the latest and greatest in Pittsburgh. Or do a quick search in the handy dandy search box!

The Write Stuff: Columnist Brian O'Neill

As a champion of urban design, rail travel, and a sensibly sized state legislature, Post-Gazette columnist Brian O’Neill is a smart, funny and insightful writer who is making a difference in our region. We're just saying.

The Top Ten Pop City Feature Stories of 2008

While Pop City takes time off over the holidays, why not catch up on the top feature stories of 2008? From young entrepreneurs making it big in Pittsburgh to the making of an art academy, here's the lineup of the most popular features of the year. Read on, and we'll see you again on January 7th to usher in a whole new year of great stories--and much more--in Pop City.

Pop Video: A Tale of Two Cities

In his valentine to Pittsburgh, filmmaker Carl Kurlander strikes gold in portraying his love for a city undergoing transformation. The documentary, which runs this week at the Penn Hills Cinema, (see Pop Filter for details) is both touching and hilarious.

Pop City Bike Forum: In Sum

In case you missed the Pop City Bike Forum, here's the lowdown on what we discussed in the way of hot topics, bike safety, and wish lists for cyclists throughout the region.

The Coro Center: Connecting Talent, Building Leadership

Since the mood is right for civic engagement, what better time to take a closer look at the Coro Center for Civic Leadership and how it's shaping our young leaders? Here are a few examples of the young people who are doing remarkable things thanks to Coro. You could be voting for them someday.

Photo Slide Show: Chatham's Mellon Board Room

In a stunning renovation that just won an AIA Pittsburgh Design Award, Chatham University converts a hall that once housed a swimming pool into a spectacular board room. You won't believe how it looks now... just click here

It's a Zombie Fest!

Love of zombies and horror films is quite the 'burgh thing, from the classic Chiller Theatre of years past to the present day It's Alive! With Zombie Fest approaching, it's time to call upon your Inner Zombies and set 'em loose.

Wiki-ing our Way to a Better Pittsburgh

There's still time to participate in the first wiki designed to capture the ideas of an entire city and shape them into a workable plan. In this update on the transportation wiki, you'll learn who's involved, what they're suggesting and how you can be part of it. Wiki on!

Free Stuff for the Taking

A tale where trash becomes treasure and giving sometimes beats receiving.  In Pittsburgh, you always get more than you bargained for, especially if you're  resourceful like author Lauren Urbschat or if you're a member of the Freecycle Network.

Pop City Forum: Making Pittsburgh Bike Friendly

Bike commuting is way up in the Pittsburgh region and there's great buzz around a number of topics, from new bike lanes and bike maps to better safety for all. Join us for the first forum on making a Pittsburgh a better place to bike--featuring the City's new biking and pedestrian Safety Director Stephen Patchan, Bike Pittsburgh Director Scott Bricker and more, on October 23rd. Make your voice heard!

Commuting by Bike: You Rock, Bike Guy!

High gas prices and greater environmental awareness have created a surge in bicycle commuting nationwide. As cycling in Pittsburgh becomes more mainstream, we take a look at what it's like for bike commuters from different parts of town.

Pittsburgh Innovates: The Contest

Pop City is pleased to sponsor a Keystone Innovation Zone contest that celebrates the amazing inventions of Pittsburghers, from medical devices to software to social media networking. Here's your chance to share your ideas and accomplishments and win up to $20,000! Cast your vote now for your favorite submission.

The Fast Rise of Slow Food

Slow Food Pittsburgh is making the case for local and sustainable food while reminding us of the connection between what's on our plate and what's good for the planet. From local chefs to Laptop Butcher Shop, our choices for slow food are growing.  

Parks and the Health of Great Cities

From a gray, industrial city to the green metropolis of today, Pittsburgh has a great story to tell. That's one reason we're playing host this month to the prestigious International Urban Parks Conference. Here's to recognizing all that's been accomplished in greening our region.

Pop Star: The Brochure Lady

An average of 130 visitors a day go through the Welcome Center downtown to find out more about Pittsburgh. When Nancy Reynolds-Daniels (aka the Brochure Lady) is behind the desk, they get welcomed in style. Read more about a Pittsburgh ambassador who is quite an attraction on her own.

Pittsburgh Goes Global

It's time to celebrate how global the Pittsburgh region is and we've got all of September to do it. To get you started, here are some amazing facts about our global reach and what you can do to be part of the Global Pittsburgh Celebration. Think big. Think worldwide!

Introducing Pittsburgh Wiki: Transportation Solutions for Our Region

There's no better time to voice your ideas for improving transportation in our region, from bus routes to bicycle lanes. Pittsburgh Wiki, the first ever wiki of its kind designed for a city, is up and running and welcoming  collaboration from all citizens to bring about real change.  Check it out then dive in!

The Next Best Thing: Pittsburgh Rugby

Rugby is surging in popularity in Pittsburgh, from the Rugby Club to the Pittsburgh Angels all-female team to the prestigious Harlequins. Why is this underground sport suddenly catching on with adult players? And what's with that Rugby bar?

The Sprout Fund: Banking on Community-Changing Ideas

Down at the grassroots level, Sprout began by helping under-40s fund projects that otherwise may not have come to life.  Now, it wants to transform the region.

Americorps: Bringing Talent to Town

Americorps not only serves as great training for young people but it's also helping to attract talent into Pittsburgh. Once students sample our city, they tend to stay.

Transportation Key to World-Class Pittsburgh

To set the stage for the upcoming cityLIVE! on Transportation Solutions for Our Region, Pop City is revisiting the article that inspired the event. One way to vault Pittsburgh to hot city status is to create an excellent transit system. The question is, how do we get great? Read this then come to the event and get involved!

The Invasion of the BigBots

You would think you'd know a robot when you see one, right? Wrong. Soon 11 big robot installations will appear all over Pittsburgh, challenging our conceptions of bots. Called BigBots, it's happening only in --where else-- Roboburgh. 

The Making of an Art Academy

It took three young artists to come up with the big idea for an art academy. And now everyone in Pittsburgh can see the Academy's project, Citywide Salon, showcased in bus shelters throughout the city.

Pop Star: Robert Rubinstein

Urban warrior by day, rock star by night, Robert Rubenstein wields his influence from his position as economic director of the URA -- and from his position onstage where he rocks out as Rasta Man.

Hey Hey Hockeytown!

The Penguins and Red Wings, Pittsburgh and Detroit-- it's a clash of the Titans. Just please don't mention the Rust Belt. Thanks. The Stanley Cup Finals are also a chance to talk some smack and dish on redevelopment with our sister publication in Detroit -- Model D.

Leadership Pittsburgh Celebrates 25

Leadership Pittsburgh’s 25th Anniversary--No black ties. No speeches. Just a quarter-century of inspired leadership taking Pittsburgh into the future.

New and Improved! Manufacturing in Pittsburgh

Manufacturing in Pittsburgh isn't what it used to be. The highly skilled, highly paid manufacturing jobs today are more technology-oriented and the demand for workers is growing. Harold Miller--who else?-- clues us in.

Leadership Series: Patrick Dowd, City Council

Patrick Dowd, young, energetic, impressive, is the host of the first Leadership Salon hosted by cityLIVE! and sponsored by Pop City. As a newly-minted City Councilman, Dowd is an advocate for cost-efficient government and for education as the key to reinvigorating our city.

The Vegetarian's Guide to Pittsburgh

Where to go for great vegetarian and vegan food--from restaurants that feature nothing but, to places revered for their selections. Go forth and eat well!

Pop Star: Judy Robinson

Poet Judy Robinson spearheaded a new book of poetry and photographs celebrating Pittsburgh, Along These Rivers. From emerging poets to stars, it's a fitting tribute to a city known for its literary nature.

Campus Art Galleries: Free, Cool, Waiting for You

Want in on a well-kept secret? Pittsburgh's many schools and universities offer top notch art in galleries that are free and open to the public.

Q&A with Richard Florida: Who's Your City?

In his new book, Richard Florida argues that the world is not flat but spiky, with concentrated areas of activity. In this Pop City interview he tells us why he thinks Pittsburgh is  well-positioned to thrive.

Pop Star: Robert Qualters

Artist Robert Qualters documented a place in transition, the Mon Valley, and the people who not only survived, but prevailed. Want to talk change and hope? Start here.

Urban Walk #3: Squirrel Hill to East Liberty

A bookend of a walking guide that takes you from  the heart of Squirrel Hill to the incomparable East Liberty with stops to explore along the way – for chocolate-covered bacon for one. Stroll along, all the while appreciating the scenery.

Changemaker: Pat Ford

Pat Ford, new head of the Urban Redevelopment Authority, has many goals and an action plan but the bottom line is making Pittsburgh a truly great place to live, work and play.

The Making of a (Very) Young Entrepreneur

At the age of 14, she's become an entrepreneur with her creation of Simple Sugars, a natural body scrub. Now the smart and ambitious Lani Lazzari, a Power Link protege, wants her budding company to break that elusive million dollar mark.

About Us: Pop City

For 100 issues we've reported the good news about Pittsburgh in technology, sustainability, development and arts and culture. Now we take a moment to tell you about us, and answer your most frequently asked questions.

250 & Fit: Power in Numbers

There's no better time to get in shape, suggests writer Jennifer McGuiggan. Why? Because there is power in numbers, people. And with 250 & Fit, this is our year to turn things around. Read on then get moving!

Pop Star: Lourdes Sanchez Ridge

Born in Havana, attorney Lourdes Sanchez Ridge is a tireless promoter for all things Latino, in a quest to gain recognition and respect for the growing Latino community in Pittsburgh.

Digging in the Dirt

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s new Dinosaurs In Their Time exhibit breaks new ground with millennia-old materials – while setting the new standard. Dig it!

Living the Green Life

Skyscrapers to skylights, the world is greening in big and small ways. Here’s how four environmental leaders in Pittsburgh live the real – not the rocket science – of green.

Land Use the Sustainable Way

Smart land use maintains our region’s natural beauty, decreases flooding and landslides, and saves money for municipalities. One local organization is working the smart way to save local land – and by extension – its communities.

Pop Star: David Lewis

In his impressive career, David Lewis founded a prestigious design firm and created successful buildings and projects around the world, including Pittsburgh. Along the way, the humble, gracious and lovable guy became the most revered architect in town. 

PopVideo: Jump-starting Immigration

If you missed the Pop City-sponsored cityLIVE! event on immigration, here's your chance to see highlights in this outstanding video by ON Media.

cityLIVE!: Everything Einstein

Last chance to join cityLIVE! for a lively discussion with Einstein biographer and former Time Magazine editor Walter Isaacson and Pittsburgh's own Einstein expert, John Norton. For more info and to register, click here.

Forever College Bound

Entrepreneurs are now considered the rock stars of the business world and the younger the better--like  Luke Skurman, who made a national list of 20 young entrepreneurs last year. When the innovative Skurman couldn't find the information he needed about colleges, he created a company to publish a series of guides...

The Best of Pittsburgh's Indoor Activities

As the days get shorter it's time to turn our attention to fun things to do indoors. Pittsburgh offers a wealth of options as the author of Moon Handbooks Pittsburgh shows us in his selection of some of the best.

cityLIVE!: Let's Jump-start Immigration

Immigration brings the energy, entrepreneurship, creativity and of course, great food that make any highly diverse city an enviable place to live. Join a panel of national and local experts in a lively discussion about the necessity of jump-starting immigration in Pittsburgh.

Quantum Leaps

Whether it's in a horse barn in Hartwood Acres, an industrial site in the Strip or a garden in Mellon Park,   Quantum Theatre lets you explore Pittsburgh's great neighborhoods in a most dramatic way.

The Art of Public Art

Public art can help define a city as world-class. While Pittsburgh has a wealth of notable art, things are only looking up now that there are not one but but two offices dedicated to public art.

A Meeting of the Minds

Here's another first for Pittsburgh: first city in the country to form a Cafe Scientifique chapter, based on the European model of scientists and happy geeks meeting in bars to discuss one fascinating subject after another. It's all cool.

Thoughts on a College Tour

While on the classic college tour, author Chip Walter had time to ruminate about other cities with great colleges and how Pittsburgh stacks up. Set aside those iPods for a minute and tune into this.

Qolt: The Amazing Technology that Helps Seniors Stay Independent

In the future, robots and technology will help senior citizens prolong their independence and monitor their safety. It's way cool and already happening at Carnegie Mellon's Quality of Life Technology Initiative.

Pop Video: Pop City Live!

In case you missed it, catch the highlights of the first Pop City Live! event  when we asked panelists: If you were mayor of Pittsburgh and you had three years to make Pittsburgh a hot city, what would you do?

Those Thoroughly Modern Libraries

Librarians on My Space. Guitar Hero contests. Downloadable videos. Libraries in Allegheny County, wired and willing, are taking a leap into the future as they continue to serve as information experts in the Information Age.

Dr. Randy Pausch: The Lecture of a Lifetime

Carnegie Mellon's Dr. Randy Pausch, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, created a sensation when he delivered his last lecture at his school about achieving childhood dreams. The BBC covered it, Wall Street Journal called it the "lecture of a lifetime" and Good Morning America featured him two days later.  To see the inspiring, funny and heartwarming video on Google, click here. To view it on YouTube, click here.

Changemakers: Dan Onorato

In an ongoing series on changemakers, Pop City looks at County Executive Dan Onorato and his efforts to change regional thinking – while remembering to celebrate our victories.

The Power Behind PowerLink

Meet Lee Ann Munger, the new director of PowerLink, the organization that vaults women-owned businesses into another league with its high-level business advisors. If anyone is up to the task of overseeing this effective group, it's Lee Ann.

Gregg Behr: The Stories We Tell Ourselves

In an editorial commentary, Gregg Behr, director of the Grable Foundation, says the stories we tell ourselves frame who we are and where we’re going.

Pop City Live! Show Your Love

Join us in our first Pop City Live! event on September 10th at the New Hazlett Theater as we gather movers and shakers from our region and ask them, what can we do to take Pittsburgh to the next level?

High Tech Ed

Here's how to learn math and save our future. Software customized to students' progress could turn things around for the next generation. It's already happening and Pittsburgh is the hub.

Pop Star: Dan Rothschild

Award-winning architect Dan Rothschild has made a name for himself and his firm, Rothschild Doyno Architects, through a combination of forward thinking and outstanding design.

Bands on the Run

By day they hold regular kind of jobs. But by night, they're living the dream as they rock out in a band and record music. As one member says, it's the best time of her life.

Pop Star: Sara Davis Buss

When attorney Sara Davis Buss returned to Pittsburgh after the demise of steel, she wanted to make a difference in its revitalization. Did she ever, through a unique role handling the legal aspect of a number of brownfield and other developments, from the Pittsburgh Technology Center to the Waterfront.   

Survey Results: Favorite Web Sites

The results are in...your favorite web sites. From the obvious to the obscure, we've uncovered some cool sites among the many mentioned. Ready to bookmark?

Introducing Pop City Live!

On September 10th, Pop City presents Pop City Live!, the first of a series of discussions meant to shake things up and change the conversation in Pittsburgh. 

Changemakers: Grant Oliphant

In an ongoing series about people moving Pittsburgh forward, Pop City talks to the Heinz Endowments’ Grant Oliphant, who says we may be missing the story of the time we’re living in.  He has a way to fix that.

Greening the Neighborhoods

With two development projects participating in a national pilot certification program for green neighborhoods, Pittsburgh could become a model for sustainable community design.

Pittsburgh: The Darling of Travel Writers

A number of recent national travel articles are raving about the "glittering reinvention" of Pittsburgh, dubbed "the darling of the travel writers". Touting everything from the views to the walkable downtown  (tourist-friendly!), the Chicago Sun-Times, New York Times and most recently, the Baltimore Sun are urging people to visit Pittsburgh. Here's your chance to read them all. 

Guarding Our Privacy

First Latanya Sweeney developed award-winning software to help guard our privacy. Then she founded the Laboratory for International Privacy at Carnegie Mellon. Now everyone's watching her.  

Pop Star: Andrew Russell

As head of the upcoming DiverseCITY festival, Andrew Russell is passionate about the Pittsburgh region and about the need to embrace diverse populations.

A Guide to Vintage Clothing

Looking for a Wrangler denim jacket? Or a 1940s metallic brocade dress? Shopping for vintage clothes has never been so much fun.   

Charles Landry on The Art of City Making

Author of The Art of City Making, Charles Landry calls for rethinking the way we view our cities--and what it takes for a city to achieve its potential.  

Selling College Students on Pittsburgh

How do local colleges sell prospective students on living in Pittsburgh? Very well as a matter of fact. Read the literature, browse the web sites, take a tour. You, too, will be sold.

Survey: Favorite Web Sites

Here's the deal: share three of your fave web sites with us and in turn we'll share dozens of readers' favorites with you.  Check back in two weeks for results and find out what web sites Pittsburghers can't live without. Click here to take the short survey. 

Miracle Grow: Urban Gardening

Throughout Pittsburgh there's a growing movement to convert vacant lots into urban gardens. Pop City gets to the root of the matter and identifies the many advantages. from locally grown food to revitalization of communities.

The Return of the Vespa

Those environmentally friendly, fuel-efficient, and way-cool Italian scooters are easy to park and a blast to drive. It's no wonder that Vespas are hot again on both sides of the pond.

Pop Star: Lindsay Patross

The goal of the popular blog, IHeartPittsburgh, is to be a resource for people who love this city. Case in point: its creator, Lindsay Patross who oversees the thousands of hits every week by passionate Pittsburghers.

Survey Results: First, Best and Only in Pittsburgh

Ask Pittsburghers how their city is “first, best, or only” among American cities, and their answers reflect the sort of intimate knowledge that only locals can have. Read about our second Voice of the Region Pop City survey results here.

The Venture Capitalists

Last year new companies attracted $230 million, making this the largest growth region of venture capital in the country. It's the best time to invest here, argue venture capitalists. Here's why.

Fourth of July Break for Pop City

We're taking a break next week over the 4th of July so please look for the next Pop City on July 11th. Enjoy the holiday!

The Bonding of BioBuds

Local bio-tech entrepreneurs get by with a little help from their friends. Here's how to build the creative class.

Survey: The First, the Best and the Only

In our second survey, we're searching for the first, the best and the only in Pittsburgh. Let your voice be heard. The first 20 to respond will receive free tickets to Chicago or Always...Patsy Cline, courtesy of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Pittsburgh CLO.To take the survey, click here.  .

Bikers Rejoice: From BikeFest to Bike Lanes

From Bikefest to new bike lanes, Pittsburgh has more to offer cyclists than ever before. Read all about it--then get out there and ride!  

The Afterlife of FORE Systems

The impact of successful start-ups can last long after the company is sold or closes its doors. FORE Systems continues to benefit the region in myriad ways, nine years after it was acquired by Marconi.

May the Workforce Be With You

The good news is there are jobs here. The better news is that there are a bundle of agencies working to get the right people the right training to land the right job.

Doug Wilkin and The Sweet Life in Regent Square

The wealth of musical talent in Pittsburgh is what brought  recording studio artist and musician Doug Wilkin to Regent Square. In just a short time, Wilkin Audio has become a magnet for singers and songwriters.

Survey Results: How Green Are You?

The results are in for the first Voice of the Region Pop City survey. Want to know how green we are?Check it out--then look for another survey on a new topic in two weeks.

Guide to Fab Female Fashions

If you love great boutiques that offer stylish, one-of-a-kind clothing, Pittsburgh's the place. Ride along with uber-shopper Anne Lutz who's on a spree.

Top 10 Reasons Why Pittsburgh is a Literary Star

Read all about it: Pittsburgh is not just a literary city but a great literary city. From author readings to poetry series to novels and theater, Pittsburgh rocks the literary world. Here are ten reasons why.

A Survey: How Green Are You?

Here it is, our first Voice of the Region Pop Survey. Take a few minutes and answer the easy and brief questions about the green nature of your lifestyle. To take the survey, click here.

Carol Coletta and Urban Leaders Discuss the Future of Pittsburgh

On Thursday, May 31st at 7:30 a.m., Carol Coletta of CEOs for Cities joins urban leaders of Pittsburgh in what promises to be a lively and provocative conversation about the future of our city. To r.s.v.p., click here

Ten Percent Inspiration

From bombing down steep hills on roller blades to fencing with a Bulgarian champion, Pittsburgh offers a range of adrenalin-boosting alternative sports. Pop City searches the best of them to get your summer started with a bang.

Survey Says

In next week's issue, Pop City will debut a new  feature: Voice of the Region Pop Survey, a collaboration with Campos Inc. The survey each month will allow all of us to better understand our region and the issues we face. While some surveys will tackle serious topics, others will be more lighthearted and fun. Stay tuned. Participate. And email us with your survey ideas if you would like: info@popcitymedia.com

Make Way for the Glass Artists

Pittsburgh, once a giant in industrial glass, is now a hotbed for glass artists. The Pittsburgh Glass Center is the magnet, fired by a nurturing environment and the resources to sustain them.

The Big Business of Nanotechnology

As one of the top nano-tech centers in the country, Pittsburgh stands to benefit greatly as the field explodes in growth. Although it's too small to see, a revolution is underway. 

The Great Adventure of Grassroots Racing

From trail running to orienteering, Grass Roots Racing is introducing Pittsburghers to the rigorous team sport of adventure racing. Test your physical strength. Challenge your mind. Have a blast outdoors and meet great people. All you need is a sense of adventure.

Pittsburghers Reinvented

In a city known for its startling transformation, Pittsburghers continue to reinvent themselves by launching new businesses that fill a void in the market. Meet four entrepreneurs who made a go of it when the going got tough.

Reason to Celebrate

For a group that touts the benefits of Pittsburgh,  getting named Most Livable City is manna from heaven. It lets people know what we already know, says the director of Pittsburgh Celebrates. Now the group focuses on Pittsburgh as a hub of glass art and creativity in the Year of Glass.

The Ups and Downs of Serial Entrepreneurs

Some people are born risk-takers, like the serial entreprenuers who continue to launch new idea companies while bracing for the inevitable highs and lows. Risky? You bet. They wouldn't have it any other way.

Shopping Outside the Box

Shopping independent neighborhood stores boosts the local economy while offering better customer service and more unique, adventurous shopping.  

Postcards from the Future

What is driving the quest for innovation? And how can we make innovation better work for us? In a Pop City interview, innovation strategist Tara Lemmey, CEO of LENSVentures, explains what it takes.

Top Ten Taprooms

As spring bursts forth, what better time to explore the area's better taprooms? And who better to guide us than Man About Town Abby Mendelson?

The Growing Green Scene

From the start, Pittsburgh has been a national leader in green building. Now the region is poised to lead in another hot market segment--green building products.

Retire Here. Really.

Why is Pittsburgh suddenly ranking higher on Places to Retire list? For many reasons, among them our best-in-the-world academic departments, the low cost of living, the chance to get involved, and --oh yeah-- those irresistible grandkids.    

For Tech Startups, No Place Like Here

Top schools, top talent, a strong support system. No wonder more tech start ups are finding that affordable Pittsburgh is the place to be.

The Gospel of Pittsburgh

In celebration of Pop City's first  anniversary, writer Justin Hopper explains the "gospel of Pittsburgh," that hard-to-define passion that fuels so many Pittsburghers who love it here and wouldn't live anywhere else.

Ahhhh, Our First Anniversary

As Pop City celebrates a wild and wonderful first year, we want to thank you for reading and supporting us, and for forwarding us across the city, the country and the world. (Hello, New Zealand!)While we have many faithful local readers, we also have countless ex-Pittsburghers who deeply miss this place and log onto Pop City every week to get their fix. Here is one example of many emails we receive.   

A Bow to Zen

Slowly, like lotus flowers, Zen centers are opening up in Pittsburgh, offering tranquility and peace through meditation. Once you get the hang of it you will feel simply ohm-azing.

The Underground Music Scene

The bargains, the thrills, the unexpected great discoveries. It's all here in the Pittsburgh guide to underground rock.

Service With a Smile

When there never seems to be enough time, specialty services are just what’s needed. From daily necessities to luxuriant splurges, more personal services are springing up to enhance your life. Delivery, please!

The Art of Craft

Pittsburgh has become a hotbed for crafts and now, with the upcoming Craft Congress, the goal is to make it a center of the crafts movement.

Tending the Brownfields

One measure of success of a post-industrial city is the status of its brownfields. While Pittsburgh has an impressive history of brownfield redevelopment, a major project underway could set a national standard.

Pittsburgh as a Foreign City

What's it like for a person from another country to move to Pittsburgh? How welcoming are we, anyway? And how do they view our city and culture? An artist from London who is new to town sets out to find the answers.

Embracing the Elements

Yes, it was late arriving but winter is finally here. With only six weeks left, why not make the most of it? From skiing to ice skating, cross-country to winter hikes, there's plenty of opportunity to have a wintry blast in Pittsburgh, recently named one of the Top Adventure Cities.

Read All About It

Staged readings strip plays to the bare essentials of dramatic storytelling while providing more opportunities to showcase local actors and writers. Pittsburgh theatres large and small are producing more than ever. They're hip. They're fun. And they're often free.   

The Philadelphia Story

Philadelphia's center city established a Business Improvement District in 1990 which resulted in phenomenal growth. What can Pittsburgh learn from this national model?

Pop Star: Michael Simms

The poetry scene in Pittsburgh is more happening than in cities three times its size, says local poet Michael Simms. As founder of the renowned Autumn Press, Simms is doing his part in putting Pittsburgh on the poetry map.  

Eleven Electrifying Music Clubs

All around town, the hottest music to hear on the coldest nights.

Changing the Landscape of Pittsburgh

The powerful outcome of architecture is the residual space that it shapes, says one Pittsburgh architect. Find out what others are saying about new and recent projects all over town that are changing the physical landscape--and more.

Urban Views: Bruce Katz

As winner of the 2006 Heinz Award for Public Policy, Bruce Katz of the Brookings Institute has spent his entire career helping to revitalize cities. In an interview with Pop CIty, he talks about how far we've come--and how much further we have to go.

No Place Like Home

It's a natural and good thing for young people to leave their hometown to spread their wings. But they often return and Pittsburgh seems to have a higher than normal number of "boomerangers." What's the draw? Turns out there are many.

What is Innovation?

As Pop city kicks off the "Pittsburgh Innovates" section this week, we examine innovation in this feature story. We know that innovation drives the economy and it’s essential in getting a competitive edge in today’s global economy. But what is it exactly? And how can we get more of it?

How Vital is Our City?

A new research report measuring a city's vitality in four major areas gives insight into Pittsburgh's strengths and weaknesses. See how we stack up--and how you, too, can help.

What Makes a City Smart?

How can a city compete in today's global economy? By achieving success in four areas, says Carol Coletta, host of Smart City Radio.

C'mon and Take a Free Ride

The trails, the parks, the scenery! Pittsburgh's got it all for bike riders including varied terrain, 37 inspiring Riverfront trails and the most daunting of hills. Get out there and ride!

We Mean (International) Business

More than 268 foreign companies have operations in and around Pittsburgh, generating more than 38,000 jobs and infusing a cosmopolitan flair to the area. The draws are many, including an educated workforce, strong technology centers, and cultural and sports attractions.

Pop Star: Rick Malis

Through folk, blues, bluegrass and traditional country music, singer/songwriter Rick Malis has been keeping roots music alive, penning more than 200 songs. Many of them are about living the good life here in Pittsburgh.

Giving Voice to Big Ideas

Every city is trying to attract young people but how many are giving them a voice in shaping the city? In a full-day Idea Round Up, the Sprout Fund brought hundreds of young people together to hear what they have to say. Now with the Big Idea Book, here's your chance.

What do you WANT?

You should be warned: Something to Be Desired could be habit-forming. Part sit-com, part soap opera, the Pittsburgh-based web show about radio station WANT is often hilarious, always entertaining, and drawing an international following.


Top 10 Unique Things to Pittsburgh

What can you find in Pittsburgh that you won't find anywhere else in the country? Pop City offers a Top 10 list.

Opening Eyes One Conversation at a Time

One way to better understand and deal with issues of racism and discrimination is by talking openly to people of different backgrounds. In Pittsburgh, a number of small groups are engaged in conversations that can open eyes and ultimately change lives. 

A New Theme for Pittsburgh

Although Pittsburgh is a different city from what it was decades ago, the old image lingers on. A group of Pittsburghers is out to change that in the first ever integrated marketing campaign for the region.

Our condolences

At Pop City, we mourn the loss of Mayor Bob O’Connor, who in his brief time in office, showed us how a positive, can-do attitude can make such a difference in lifting spirits, achieving progress and moving the city forward. Pop City expresses its condolences to the O’Connor family and to all the citizens of Pittsburgh. We have lost a true leader.


For the Love of Main Streets

What is it about a Main Street we find so appealing? For many reasons, we're rethinking these icons of American culture in a back to the future change of lifestyle. They provide the character and community — and coffee houses — we crave. 

What Pittsburgh Can Teach the World

From Meds and Eds to green building, Pittsburgh can teach the world a thing or two in a wide range of fields. Here's what visiting groups to Pittsburgh learn from us.   

The Price is Right

It's not much of a secret anymore that Pittsburgh is an affordable city.  From housing to dining out to entertainment, you can enjoy it all here--cheap!

A Bounty of Fresh Foods

If you savor fresh produce, the time is right. And with Pittsburgh ranking #1 in farmers markets and community gardens, there's no better place to be right now.

Working for Diversity

The best way for PIttsburgh to become a more diverse city could be through an all-out concerted effort by its workforce. It's underway with the Western Pennsylvania Diversity Initiative, a growing group of professionals committed to attracting more professionals of diverse backgrounds to the city. 

Posh Plates

From tapas to tropas, small plates and more adventurous dining have fueled the growth of upscale restaurants. The landscape has changed dramatically in the past decade or so, and the trend to experiment with food and wine shows no sign of stopping.

Top 10 Alternative Commutes

Junk the gas guzzler. Stop strap-hanging. There are better and far more creative ways to get to work. From kayaking to cross-country skiing, Pittsburghers can do it all.

Something Old, Something Green

From the start, Pittsburgh has been a national leader in green building. Now that the rest of the country is catching up, our region shifts its focus to greening the wealth of wonderful historic buildings in our midst. With the support of Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation and the Green Building Alliance, we can't miss.

Selling Pittsburgh

Want to know how outsiders perceive Pittsburgh? Ask an executive recruiter or someone working in a relocation office. They'll tell you that time and again, prospects are wowed by our city--the architecture, city parks, schools, the increasingly vibrant downtown.Guide them, says one, and the city sells itself...

The City of Bridges

A new book by Bob Regan says that yes, as a matter of fact Pittsburgh does trump Venice as the world’s most bridge-able city. As our bridge-happy city hosts the prestigous International Bridge Conference this month, there's no better time to explore the fascinating world of Pittsburgh bridges with author who brought us the incomparable The Steps of Pittsburgh.   

Appalachian Spring Summer and Fall

Only in the underground art world could fierce independence become a unifying trait: With his Appalachian School, artist Terry Young hopes to show that Pittsburgh artists are in a class of their own--one that's dynamic, radical and unique...

A City Built by Foundations

What would Pittsburgh be without foundations? A shadow of its present self. Of all the cities in the country, Pittsburgh ranks among the tops with the generous grant money supplied to the region every year. From cultural assets to economic development, it would be a much different region without them.

A Guide to the New Shadyside

With all the changes over the years, some things stay the same. Shadyside is still a hip and fun place to hang whether you're on Walnut or Ellsworth, cruising through the new Apple store or dancing at La Havana. 

Looking Beyond Manufacturing

Like everywhere else, manufacturing jobs are down here; however, the decline isn't the whole picture. More attention needs to be focused on the new industries that are picking up the slack. Meds and Eds are up. New high-tech industries are moving into the area. A look at the bigger picture...

Pittsburgh Bursts into the Blogosphere

Weblogs, or blogs, are exploding in Pittsburgh, giving voice to all kinds of people on all kinds of subjects, from politics to art and everything in between. Find out who's who in the blogging world in Pittsburgh and how they're changing the landscape of communications.

A (Dazzling) Tale of Two Cities

Filmmaker Carl Kurlander could be making movies about anything, anywhere he wanted. But he chose to return home to Pittsburgh to pay homage to a city he loves, in a soon-to-be-released documentary that shows Pittsburgh past and present-- A Tale of Two Cities...

El Cheapo Vino

Until the state store system is changed in Pennsylvania, and we always hold hope, here's our way of making the most of what we've got. With a little sense of adventure and some advice from wine consultant Diane Martz, you can drink quality wine at bargain prices. Here's the short and easy guide, from Chardonnay to champagne, to guide your wine buying at your local state store. 

Venturing Outdoors

Take a hike. Then drink craft beer or splurge on Indian food. With Venture Outdoors' line-up of inspired activities, there's no excuse not to get out there, meet cool people, and enjoy the great outdoors.

How Pittsburgh Job Growth Really Rates

In a recent ranking of Best Performing Cities, Pittsburgh didn't fare well. Or did it? Upon closer inspection, Pittsburgh did much better than many other metro areas in key categories such as growth in tech and high-skilled health jobs.
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