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Pop Filter Hot Pick: Comedian Jen Kirkman comes to Rex Theater

Jen Kirkman, fresh off her first Netflix comedy special "I'm Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)," stops by the Rex Theater.

Jen Mulero, bartender at 1947 Tavern

Bartenders' backstory: How the best in the business rose to the top

Pittsburgh is flush with talented bartenders who've perfected the art of the craft cocktail. Here, an insider's guide to some of the city's most storied mixologists.

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.

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Welcome to Pittsburgh: A guide to navigating town for tourists and newcomers

In Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, finding your way using public transportation is about to get a little bit easier. In Part Two of our three-story series on transportation, Pop City guides you to the best resources for getting around on train, bus, bike or incline. 


Pop City presents the Pop Filtercast podcast

Pop Filter Editor Patrick Bowman and music journalist Brandon Forbes host the inaugural episode of the Pop Filtercast podcast, where they do a deep dive into the best crop of concerts coming to Pittsburgh for the month of February. Listen up. 

The open, airy workspace of Schell Games

On the rise: 5 tech workplaces to watch in 2015

Five growing tech companies helping to shape Pittsburgh's future and attract new talent.


Pop Filter Hot Pick: Locally Grown: a Pittsburgh Producers Party

Grey Area Productions hosts a showcase of the best and brightest producers Pittsburgh has to offer.

We will grow

10 little things that will pack a big Pittsburgh punch in 2015

From its tiniest residents to its biggest ideas, Pittsburgh made some strategic moves in 2014 that have the potential to reap big rewards in 2015 and beyond. Pop City Media predicts the people, projects and places to watch. 


Pop Filter Hot Pick: WYEP's 7th Annual Holiday Hootenanny

WYEP-FM rolls out the seventh incarnation of its Holiday Hootenanny at Stage AE on Dec. 11, featuring local musicians performing holiday standards.

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'Tis the season for shopping local: 6 can't-miss holiday markets

Support Pittsburgh's arts-and-crafts entrepreneurs on Small Business Saturday and every day through the holidays. With so many choices for locally made gifts, you're sure to find a special something for everyone on your list.

Story Club South Side in Chicago

The art of ordinary life: Why storytelling nights are suddenly everywhere

In our hyperconnected, digital age, people hunger for real stories. In Cleveland and across the country, storytelling nights are growing thanks to the popularity of The Moth, This American Life and other programs that elevate life into art.

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Pop Filter Hot Pick: A Q&A with the Pittsburgh filmmakers behind "The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin"

We spoke with Pittsburgh-based filmmaker Nicholas Mross and his brother Daniel, a Pittsburgh-based computer programmer, about their documentary "The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin," which premiers at the SouthSide Works Cinema on Oct. 7.

The Millvale Community Library

Creating place: The role of Community Development Corporations in Pittsburgh's neighborhoods

From implementing civic projects to the general betterment of a neighborhood, CDCs bridge the gap between city funding and the community to create unique, livable spaces.

Dan Rugh and his Children

Local biz in da' Burgh: A Q&A with Dan Rugh of Commonwealth Press

Commonwealth Press is the perfect example of the Pittsburgh startup dream—an entrepreneurial web designer made good. Learn more about how Dan Rugh translated tech and design skills into a successful branding firm and silk screen press.

Espresso a Mano in Lawrenceville

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.


Pop Filter Hot Pick: City Theatre presents Tony Award-winning Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

City Theatre opens its season with Christopher Durang's Broadway hit, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, the comedy has been dubbed a mash-up of themes and characters from Chekhov’s plays set in present-day Pennsylvania. Ready for a family reunion like no other?


5 things not to miss on East Carson Street

In our continuing series, we suggest 5 places to visit on this lively and long main street in the Southside. From there, you have your pick since East Carson St. has it all.


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.


Shakin' things up at Bricolage

They're fun and inventive with a diehard following. Now the folks at Bricolage are shaking things up more than ever with their blend of experimental theater and community engagement, including intense discussions on race, nukes and fracking.


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.


The best milkshakes in Pittsburgh

You'll gain weight just reading about the mouthwatering milkshakes to be found around Pittsburgh, from the the salty caramel shake to the chocolate raspberry truffle and the very trendy red velvet shake. How to decide? We aim to help.


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. 


My favorite dish in Pittsburgh

Pittsburghers dish about their favorite dish in local restaurants. From tantalizing appetizers to luscious desserts, it's quite a lineup. Warning: don't read when hungry.


Pop Filter Hot Pick: City Theatre presents Broadway comedy Seminar

Art, power and sex converge at City Theatre in the clever Broadway comedy Seminar. From the creator of NBC’s new hit drama "Smash," Theresa Rebeck's Seminar is on the theatre's Mainstage now through February 10th. Are you ready to register? 


Pop City night at City Theatre!

Join Pop City at City Theatre on Friday, February 1 for the witty play, Seminar. For only $25, you can enjoy the play (at 55% off) and a GREENROOM reception afterward with the cast that includes wine and beer and  refreshments. Hope to see you there!


More top tech companies to watch in 2013

In this second of a two-part series, Pop City presents the Top 10 life science companies to watch in 2013, all home-grown endeavors, many developed in the research labs of our universities. Among them they promise to take on some of the most daunting challenges of our time, from halting Alzheimer's Disease to battling cancer and streamlining surgical processes.


Why I moved to Pittsburgh. Part-time.

American Eagle exec Craig Foos jumps back and forth between his job in New York City, where he has been living, to Pittsburgh, his newly adopted city. What's it like staking claim to two cities that are so different? If you've ever wished for the best of both worlds (or wondered if it would be the worst), read what he has to say.


SiX video: Connecting our City

This short video captures some of the energy and ideas from our recent social innovation eXchange about forging new connections in our city. Check it out and then take the next step and fund your own idea!


Tami Dixon's South Side Stories premieres at City Theatre

Pittsburgh is known for its authentic neighborhoods and now one of them is coming to life on stage, ready for its 15 minutes. Showcasing the very nabe it calls home, City Theatre presents the world premiere of South Side Stories, with local theater pioneer Tami Dixon making her playwrighting debut.


SiX: Sprout announces more funding for connecting Pittsburgh

Got a new and innovative idea to better connect Pittsburgh? The Sprout Fund is waiting to hear from you. Read about our latest social innovation exchange and find out how you can help move our city forward.


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.


Register now for our social innovation eXchange: Connecting our City

Vanessa German of Love Front Porch, Tim Cook of the Saxifrage School and Seth Gernot of the The Keg Ride will join us at our next social innovation exchange on November 5th. You can join in, too, as we work to forge new connections to make Pittsburgh a more vibrant city. Register now!


Game-changing architecture in Pittsburgh

Six top local architects name 25 game-changing buildings, from houses and loft developments to restaurants and high-rises.  What architecture catalyzed an area or made us think differently about our town--and ourselves?


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!


Chasing treasure in Pittsburgh's second-hand stores

If you like to hunt for unusual and interesting items, we've got the store lineup for you. Our writer explored three second-hand stories to find five items to best define them.


The insider's guide to Pittsburgh's South Side

It has everything you could want in a thriving and walkable neighborhood, from theaters to restaurants to one of a kind stores,  with a riverfront location close to downtown. Pittsburgh's South Side, with its famed Main St. distinction, offers a wealth of attractions including historic architecture, many steps and scenic riverside trails for biking. Oh, and a few bars as well.


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.


Rebuilding Pittsburgh's Entrepreneurial Economy: Part 4

How hard is it for startup companies to grow and stay in Pittsburgh? While there are advantages, from university research to low overhead to good quality of life, the lack of venture capital and a weak transportation system are challenges. In part four of a seven-part series, we look at companies that have left and some that have stayed and why.


Rebuilding Pittsburgh's Entrepreneurial Economy: The talent search

It's easier to recruit top talent to Pittsburgh than it used to be with Google, our great research universities and a growing roster of startups. Recent data shows that Pittsburgh employed computer and information research scientists at more than twice the national rate and nuclear engineers at more than ten times the national rate. So why look elsewhere? In the second of a series, we take a closer look at the strengths and weaknesses of our talent pool in bolstering our economy.


Dining al fresco in Pittsburgh. Better than ever.

What's new in outdoor dining? We've got the best of the new along with the best of what's been around. It's that time of year. Get outside and enjoy great local dining in some inspired settings.


Rebuilding an entrepreneurial economy: Pittsburgh's next comeback

In the first of a series of articles, read how Pittsburgh is rebuilding its reputation for innovation and entrepreneurial excellence. Despite barriers, investors and entrepreneurs agree Pittsburgh has made tremendous strides in business creation. Technology flows more freely from universities. Economic development agencies actively assist startups. And the city’s image has improved significantly in recent years.

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.


Get tix now: Pop City night at City Theatre for Pop!

Join Pop City on Thursday, May 10th, for half-price tickets, drink vouchers and post-show reception for Pop! at City Theatre. The musical collage about who shot Andy Warhol has been called "vibrant, hip, fresh, and a hell of a lot of fun." Order your tickets now.


Pop Filter Hot Pick: City Theatre presents the US premiere of The Monster in the Hall

Music, motorcycles and living with MS make up the rollercoaster reality of father-daughter duo, Duck and Duke Macatarsney. Buckle up for a fast-paced ride through their world in City Theatre's US premiere of The Monster in the Hall, the latest work by acclaimed playwright David Greig.


Checklist: what's needed in Pittsburgh neighborhood business districts

The Strip District could use a pharmacy. Mt. Lebanon is in need of a Thai restaurant. Lawrenceville lacks two kinds of essential businesses. Read on to learn what our most walkable neighborhoods are missing when it comes to rounding out a robust business district. Where there's a need, there's opportunity. Any takers?


Why I moved to Pittsburgh: DeAnne Hamilton, GM of Essential Public Radio

DeAnne Hamilton was lured to Pittsburgh by a job, as general manager of WESA, also known as Essential Public Radio. So what's in store? Besides the public radio offerings, including favorites such as Fresh Air and Wait! Wait! Don't Tell Me!, there will be more local programming. And while she's helping to build a new radio station, she and her husband will be enjoying the urban lifestyle the new job affords.


Best brunch spots in Pittsburgh

From E2 to Meat and Potatoes, Pittsburgh's brunch scene is better than ever. Find out who's doing what in the way of Sunday brunch (and is it too much to ask for Saturday, too?)


Great neighborhood bars in Pittsburgh

You know the kind of place. You walk in and feel at home even if it's your first visit. Pittsburgh has more than its share of welcoming neighborhood bars, from the Park House to Legume. Andrew Moore, our development news editor, profiles some of the best, just in time for your holiday visit with friends.


Your all-local guide to great holiday shopping

Want to make a difference this holiday season? Give a gift to Pittsburgh and support your local, independent shops. You'll help boost our neighborhoods and contribute to the overall vitality of our city. And it's fun when you have this great guide to cool stores in town.


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.


Pop Filter Hot Pick: City Theatre presents world premiere of Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir

For the next month, City Theatre’s intimate Lester Hamburg Studio Stage will be transformed into a New York cabaret club filled with the legendary songs of Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein and the Gershwins. The year is 1958--a pivotal and creative time in America's cultural landscape--and at Greenwich Village's famed Bon Soir, Sam Bendix and his band are about to take the stage for a dramatic final performance. Take a seat.


Babs Carryer: Six cool ideas from Demo Day

We have a thriving early-stage entrepreneurial community, due in no small part to startup accelerator, AlphaLab, and Project Oympus, writes Babs in her first blog for Pop City. She spotlights six very cool ideas at the recent Demo Day.


New Southside sculpture project: industrial art in an environmental setting

A towering sculpture of steelworkers, fabricated from local I-beams, will be installed soon in an environmental park in the Southside. It's yet another creation of the Industrial Arts Coop, famous for the Rankin Deer. This is still a place, says artist Tim Kaulen, where you can think big and do the things you want to do.


Pop Filter Hot Pick: VIA Music & New Media Festival

This week, the gods of underground culture are smiling wide (and shining down on, we hope!) over Pittsburgh, with a slew of happenings showcasing some of the best of independent music, video, gaming, writing, and comics. At the center of it all is the return of VIA, which has transformed an entire city block into a living laboratory for cutting-edge artists from around the globe--and from our own talent-filled backyard. Grab tickets fast; some events are already sold out.


Pop Filter Hot Pick: Rock the (South Side) Block with Fountains of Wayne & WYEP

Nothing signals the approach of Autumn like a rockin' block party. This Saturday, head to the South Side and into the streets, for WYEP's signature benefit bash, "Rock the Block Party." Throngs of 91.3 fm listeners will converge on the station's Bedford Square campus for a festive urban concert headlined by alt-rockers, Fountains of Wayne.


Let's eat. Let's tweet. Chefs do double duty.

From tweeting about rogue dinners--10 chefs, 20 courses, anyone?--to beets on rock salt, local chefs are acitve in this form of social media with good reason. There's a whole foodie community hungry for the kind of news they deliver in 140 characters or less.


Pittsburgh's street art, a yarn of epic proportion

Pittsburgh's street art scene is vibrant, from Andy Warhol flowers as window dressing to yarn bombs on parking meters and bike racks and tin can art on street poles. Just as we were about to ask what's next, a sweater for the Mr. Rogers statue?, a red sweater appeared.


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.


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.


The case for more food trucks in Pittsburgh

Food trucks are all the rage in major cities, with many bringing innovative and fun food, not to mention lots of people, to the streets. While Pittsburgh has some good food trucks--the Cupcake Mobile is the newest--we could have lots more if not for certain city rules. Find out what's stopping this burgeoning movement and where to find the food trucks on the scene now.


Blog: Paige Beal on top ticketed attractions in Pittsburgh

What are the best attended attractions in Pittsburgh? A professor at Point Park makes the case that the Top 5 illuminate the uniqueness of Pittsburgh's rich entertainment offerings. And more: of all the Top 10 most livable cities, where do you think Pittsburgh ranks in Arts & Leisure?


Cool Perks! What Pittsburgh Companies are Offering to Lure Top Talent

Personal trainers and chefs. First-class gyms. Hammocks suspended from ceilings. Balconies overlooking a river and bike trails. Though it sounds like things found in a resort, these are all cool perks from Pittsburgh companies who are keen on attracting the best talent--and keeping them.


Top reasons artists should move to Pittsburgh

We have at least 10 reasons why artists should make their home in Pittsburgh, from the ease of making your mark to the revved-up café culture. We'll outline five reasons here and then five more in a future issue. Got your own reason? We want to hear it.


Pop Filter Hot Pick: JFilm Festival Kicks Off with Sold-Out Gala

For the next two weeks, the prestigious JFilm Festival will bring 20 award-winning films from around the globe to venues in and around Pittsburgh. From the remarkable career of Brooklyn-born journalist Ruth Gruber--who at age 20 became the world's youngest Ph.D. recipient--to the recent rise and fall of Eliot Spitzer, these reel stories were meant for the big screen. JFilm's gala opening is about to sell out, so grab your tickets now.


Why We Need Pittsburgh's Main Streets

It's the hub of a community, shaping and defining it, attracting visitors or...not. Main streets, once the focal point of every community, were neglected for decades with the growth of suburbs. But now they're the star of walkable neighborhoods and Pittsburgh boasts plenty, from Mt. Washington to Bloomfield. Why are they so important? And why should you frequent them instead of the mall? We'll tell ya!


Pop Filter Hot Pick: Q is for Quantum, 20 Years and One Fabulous Bash

Party garb? Check. Fedora? Check. Sense of adventure? Double check! Where else can you support one of Pittsburgh's most innovative arts organizations--one that would never dare stage its provocative plays in an actual theater--and vie for the chance to have your autobiography penned by prolific ghost writer Kyle Oliver? Take our cue: it's time to rack 'em up and help Quantum Theatre celebrate 20 transformative years.

Pop Filter: What's Hot This Week

This week in Pop Filter we feature six arts and cultural picks and, for our event of the week, we suggest an evening with Son Volt. Wind down your weekend with the signature alt-country stylings of Jay Farrar's Son Volt, while taking in the great outdoors at Hartwood Acres. We can't think of a better way to end a summer weekend. To see all six Pop Filter picks, scroll down. It's now on the home page, this week and every week, in the new Pop City.

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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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.

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!

New Girl in Town: On Shopping

New Girl is on a tear as she delves into the world of shopping in Pittsburgh. In no time, she discovers one of the hippest places in town for goods from around the world--and from there? Let's just say shopping should always be this much fun.

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.

Zipcar: An Urban Solution for Drivers

Need a car but don't want the expense and upkeep of ownership? Zipcar offers a solution, by the hour or by the day, that will make your life easier--and it's kind to the environment. Owners rave, and some companies are now using it to supplement their fleet.

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!

Pop Video: Big Dog Coffee

A cool story about talent returning to Pittsburgh and opening up the kind of coffee shop that we wish was down the street from us.

The Reinvention of Innovation Works

How  has Innovation Works impacted the region? With $40 million in start-up funding thus far, which in turn led to the creation of nearly 5,000 jobs. Meet Rich Lunak, the head of the reinvented IW, find out what questions he asks to make his group most effective and what their plans are in this economic downturn.

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!

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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.

Pop Star: Joni Rabinowitz of Just Harvest

In these tough times, some services are needed more than ever. Who better to advocate for them than Joni Rabinowitz?

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.

Changemaker: Lisa Schroeder, Riverlife Task Force

Seven years into the bold plan of transforming the city’s riverfronts, changemaker Lisa Schroeder of the Riverlife Task Force says rivers are now seen as an urban resource second to none. Read on about the gift that Riverlife is creating for this region.

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.

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!

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.

Celebrating the Great Allegheny Passage

From D.C. to Pittsburgh, the Great Allegheny Passage is drawing visitors from 43 states and as far away as China, Japan and New Zealand. The impressive cycling and walking trail has been a boon to towns all along its path and as it nears completion, the celebration parties are just beginning.   

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.

Pop Star: Mickey McManus

As the world grows increasingly complex, the Southside-based firm MAYA is making it easier  to navigate the exploding technology. Pop Star Mickey McManus believes in hiring people who have already done the impossible--then inspiring them to do it again.

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.

Close-up: The Silver Eye Gallery

Nationally renowned Silver Eye Center for Photography focuses on the art – and heart – of photography in a one of a kind gallery that elevates Pittsburgh.

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.

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.

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.

Top Pittsburgh Tech Companies to Watch in 2008

A record number of Pittsburgh technology companies are  revolutionizing the way things are done and made, quietly changing the world with their innovation and technological edge. Pop City presents the most exciting tech companies to watch in 2008.

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.

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.  

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.

The Rise of the South Side Slopes

In the past decade, housing prices in the South Side Slopes have nearly tripled. Homeowner Beth Marcello, who bought early in the game, explains the successful strategy behind the boom that even caught the eye of the New York Times.  

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.   

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.

Confessions of a Walker

Once you discover the joys of urban walking--and we are talking four seasons, all weather conditions here--there might be no stopping you. Let Sherrie Flick be your guide. 

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.

Pop Star: Gerald Morosco

Architecture can define a way of life, says Jerry Morosco. The architect and chair of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation has done his share to elevate architecture in Pittsburgh. And now he's written a book.

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.

We Got Game

Video games such as safety training simulations are serious business today. With all the key pieces in place, Pittsburgh is poised to score big in the growing video gaming industry. 

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.

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.

Pop Star: Mark Bibro

When you sink $20 million into renovating a 1,000,000 square foot warehouse, the rewards are great. Besides restoring the luster at River Walk Corporate Center, Mark Bibro has created a community, making hundreds of new friends. 

Soundways 61 Revisited

Amazed by the talent of emerging musicians found in smaller cities, Pittsburgh-based Tripp Clarke created a series of hour-long radio shows that spotlights a city and its musical heritage. Now he's looking for national syndication.

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...

A Guide to Riverfront Trails

Pittsburgh now boasts 37 miles of trails along all three rivers, plus dozens of miles outside the city. But the best part isn't mere length: Far more than the jogger's version of a sterile golf course, each hard-won mile holds little-known charms.

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.   

The Building of WYEP

With an impressive new green building, the ever cool, once underground WYEP grows up, becoming a jewel of a community resource. As the third largest indie in the country, it's mix of alternative rock has captured the hearts of many music lovers in Pittburgh and way beyond... 

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.

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.

New York actor auditions Pittsburgh

When an actor moves to Pittsburgh from New York City, he thinks it's curtains for his career. But if all the world's a stage, the theaters and acting scene in Pittsburgh offer far more than he ever anticipated...     
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