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Yoga for health at The Kingsley Center

How healthy are Pittsburgh's underserved communities?

The building blocks of a healthy lifestyle, including access to fresh, nutritious foods and opportunities for exercise, aren't distributed equitably across Pittsburgh's neighborhoods. Several initiatives in the city are working to change that.

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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.

Edgar Thomson works in Braddock.

Are yinz breathing easy? The road to cleaner air in southwestern PA

Allegheny County is among the top 2 percent of regions in the U.S. with the most hazardous air pollutants. Though our steel days may be over, the atmosphere in Pittsburgh still needs improving.

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Breaking Braddock

Though this eastern borough of Pittsburgh may be small, its ideas are big. With a forward-thinking mayor and new businesses opening up, Braddock is poised to rise from the soot of the Edgar Thomson Steelworks stronger than ever.

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Q&A: Chris Hale of Victory Media talks about what's next for veterans returning home

With five media brands under the Victory Media umbrella, Hale and his troops are working to help veterans bridge the gap between active duty and active employment.

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Making 'Burghers: How Pittsburgh innovates for pregnant women and babies

There are many reasons why it's great to have a family in Pittsburgh, not least of which are the many novel resources available to pregnant women and young children. From pharmacological research to the first milk bank in Pennsylvania, giving birth in the 'Burgh has never been better.

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The battle for talent: What cities are doing to attract urban professionals

For today's top talent, the job market is only one thing to consider when choosing where to live. They also want a vibrant city to plug into, a creative place where they can network with other smart people, and a dynamic place where they can find their next job.

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Great weekend getaways in Western PA

Looking to get the heck out of dodge for the weekend? We’ve got three itineraries for two- to three-day trips that will satisfy summer wanderlust.  

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State of PA: Pennsylvania's coolest workplaces

Pittsburgh's own Wigle Whiskey is on the list!

Beth Corning of The Glue Factory.

Disruptors: Five Pittsburghers shaking up the status quo and reshaping our world

Using the power of art, technology, community and academia these citizens are creating the critical differences that will propel Pittsburgh forward.

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Food Revolution Pittsburgh Cooking Club fundraises to close gap between quality food and city youth

The group is also looking to put on the largest Food Revolution Day in the world at Barack Obama Academy. 

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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.

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What's on your Pittsburgh bucket list?

There are so many wonderful things in Pittsburgh that have nothing to do with fries on a sandwich. Here's a short list of what repatriated Pittsburghers said they missed most about Steel City, and would be on their list of things to do should they ever leave again. Also, we want to know, what's on your Pittsburgh bucket list?

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Get switched on at Light Up Night Downtown

Party on a bridge and bask in the glow of 150,000 LED lights this Friday for Light Up Night®, one of the largest holiday celebrations in the country. From the brand new Jazzmasters stage to the beloved PPG Place Wintergarden, it's a night for time honored traditions and dazzling new adventures.

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The city as a startup

Would our perspective of our city change if we viewed it as a startup? The ingredients are similar: great talent, sufficient capital, and a top-notch culture. A recent conference of CEOs for Cities explored this theme of City as a Startup and we report on some of the big themes and interesting ideas.

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Crafting a better beer: Drink local, Pittsburgh

From the venerable East End brews to the newer and impressive Full Pint beers, we toast the breweries that are raising the bar, so to speak, when it comes to craft beer in our region. Here's the guide to who's brewing what, from hoppy IPAs to spiced dark ales and much more.

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Let's Move: Tackling childhood obesity in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh leads in too many categories when it comes to the national epidemic of childhood obesity. But one local group wants to take a run at the problem. Turns out, there's much that can be done.

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Pop Filter Hot Pick: The Sprout Fund marks 10 creative years with TENACITY retrospective

How to mark 10 massively successful years supporting game-changing artistic, entrepreneurial and community-based projects in Pittsburgh? What began as a "10 artists, 10 minutes each" presentation has evolved into a one-night-only festival-style powerhouse featuring the city's most compelling and cutting-edge performances. Move over Hothouse, TENACITY is in (down)town.

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New Girl in Town: A wish list for Pittsburgh

New Girl first wrote about falling in love with our city a few years ago and she's been writing about it every since. Now in an attempt to raise the bar, she offers a wish list to keep our city thriving and vital. What's on your list?

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New Girl in Town: Quick, fun, summer getaways

From a chocolate fondue wrap where you are painted in cocoa powders and oils, to rocking away on classic verandas, New Girl in Town has found plenty to do within hours of Pittsburgh. Time to hit the road, and seal this season with a kiss. Chocolate, of course.

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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.

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New Orleans' Influence in Pittsburgh

New restaurants have brought Cajun and Creole culture to the forefront in Pittsburgh.  And with more venues booking New Orleans style jazz and blues, it's as if Mardi Gras has come to town.

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Pittsburgh Today and Tomorrow: A Major Report on Our Region

If we don't all hang together, then surely we shall all hang separately. That's Ben Franklin speaking but he could be speaking for us, argues Douglas Heuck in this major benchmarking report about the Pittsburgh region. From arts and education to environment and health, there's a wealth of information that shows where we are so we can better determine where we need to be. Where do we lead? Where do we lag? Think you know Pittsburgh? Start reading.

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What Philadelphia Has that Pittsburgh Wants

What can we learn from the City of Brotherly Love? In our series looking at other cities and what lessons Pittsburgh can take away, we focus on our cross-state frenemy, Philadelphia, with its many treasured museums, bustling markets and murals to spare. (But what about their football team?)

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Top Pop City Feature Stories of 2010

From the best offbeat places to get married to our series Why I Moved to Pittsburgh, our annual Top Feature Stories reflects our readers' interests in better navigating their city and learning more about the issues that matter. Some are guides to our city that are referenced often while others are about learning from our mistakes. Five of them, to be specific. And the top story? So quintessential Pop City, as you will see.

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Gambling on Pittsburgh: The Top 10 Reasons Why It Paid Off

As a kid, he hung out a lot in casinos with his fun-loving grandmother. As a college grad with the lucky number of 10, he decided to gamble on a move to Pittsburgh in the year 2010. And now? He's gathered a list of the top 10 reasons why Pittsburgh is such a great place to bet on.  

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The Lazy Person's Guide to Pittsburgh Tours for Out of Towners

She takes thousands of out of town visitors through Pittsburgh every year so she knows a thing or two about showing off the city. The difference is, she never leaves her house. Here's an amusing and whimsical tour--complete with video--of our favorite city by an author who promotes us in a unique way.

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Why I Moved to Pittsburgh--Twice: The Steeltown Anthem Blogger

Mundania Horvath arrived in Pittsburgh in the late '90s then left for a larger gay community. But the buzz she kept hearing about the amazing art scene lured her back. When she noticed that Pittsburgh's art and design world wasn't getting attention from bloggers, she started one of her own called Steeltown Anthem. Now she's happily a part of the creative landscape here and writing about it for all to see, with compelling photos provided by her partner.

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Great Places for Pittsburgh College Students to Hang Out

Where do Pittsburgh college students go when they leave campus? There's much to choose, from cool tea cafés to BYOB arcades. This guide, written by our Pop City intern and recent college grad, offers a selection of hangouts that are a must for any student.  

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New Girl in Town: The Women of Steeler Nation

in the words of one female fan, every Sunday is a party. New Girl in Town set out to explore the phenomenon that is the Steeler Nation, that fan base of Steeler fans here and across the country--and how many of them are women.  Meet some here and find out why black and gold is the new black. Here we go...

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The Best Bar Food in Pittsburgh's East End

Where do you go for really good bar food in Pittsburgh? If there's such a thing as a connoisseur of bar eats, we have one on staff.  Our Pop City development news editor, John Farley, takes you through the East side of town on a tour of gastro delights, from an indescribably good burger to a $5 Starving Artist's dinner, not to mention tempting libations. Double yoi!

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The Results of the Environmental Survey

The results are in. The environmental survey many Pop City readers took months ago just prior to World Environment Day and then again after the event, is now published. So what have we learned about our environmental habits and our overall knowledge? Quite a bit, and much of it encouraging. But not all. Find out where we scored high and low and what we wish for in our region.

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Pop City Slide Show: The Pittsburgh Flight of the Falcons

In an annual ritual, two families of peregrine  falcons, living atop the Cathedral of Learning and the Gulf Tower, are inspected by staff of the National Aviary and others. The recovery of these incredible creatures represents the leading edge of a decades-long conservation effort here in Pittsburgh. The results can be seen flying over our heads--and in this amazing photo slide show.

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The Second Wave of Pittsburgh Bookstores

The good news is, the Pittsburgh bookstore scene is still alive. In recent months, Joseph-Beth downsized yet increased foot traffic while local favorite Copacetic Comics expanded and relocated and the Penn Avenue Arts District welcomed a new bookstore that could become to street poets in Pittsburgh what Caliban is to university writers.

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That Convenient and Wonderful Direct Flight from Pittsburgh to Paris

Visit Pittsburgh's Craig Davis takes us on a whirlwind five-hour "Life is great, I'm in freaking Paris!" tour of the City of Light. The only way to get there in style is on the direct flight from Pittsburgh to Paris which he describes at length here. It's uber-convenient. With a great movie selection. And comfortable. Don't believe it? Book a flight and see for yourself.

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Pittsburgh Bloggers: Part 2

Welcome to the latest installment of the Pittsburgh bloggers series. In this edition, we bring you a blogger who loves craft beers, a brown-eyed baker, a gardener and a gentleman who, in just a few months, has become absolutely enthralled by the river that flows behind his home.

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The Best Burgers and Hot Dogs in Pittsburgh

Where to go for the best hamburgers and hot dogs in town? You might be surprised. From Franktuary, of course, to the best Kobe burger in town at Nine on Nine (trust us on this one), we'll show you where to go to satisfy the cravings that only intensify in the summer. Grill, baby, grill.

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The Best Off the Beaten Path Places to Get Married in Pittsburgh

We get hit with this question a lot at  Pop City: where is a great spot to get married in Pittsburgh? Aside from the usual (and fabulous) well known places, we have some suggestions, from the out-of-the-way Barn at Fallingwater to the out-of--the-ordinary Sixth St. Bridge.

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Under Deconstruction: Transformazium

Meet a group of young female artists who are taking an abandoned, rundown building in Braddock and creating an exciting new space for art and community called the Transformazium.  And they're doing it the smart, sustainable way by using a method called deconstruction, a sustainable alternative to demolition that's gaining ground in Pittsburgh. Not only is this movement attracting talented young people from other places, but it also promotes economic, social, and environmental development.

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Pop Video: Pittsburgh is Kidsburgh!

Find out why Pittsburgh is dubbed Kidsburgh in this entertaining and informative video by Steel Town Entertainment. Gregg Behr of the Grable Foundation is your guide as he takes you from the world-class Children's Museum of Pittsburgh to the studios of Mr. Roger's neighborhood and places inbetween.

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Dying to Get Out? Visit Homewood Cemetery

Bike. Walk. Explore. Tour. Go on a historic bender. Lots of visitors find much to do besides the obvious in beautiful and historic Homewood Cemetery, whether it's gardening in one of the community plots (yes, we said plots) or taking the guided tour in the Heinz Mellon area called "Taking it With You."

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What's the Impact of the Marcellus Shale on our Environment?

While the economic potential for Marcellus Shale drilling is mindblowing, there are strong environmental concerns about the impact to our water and land. What are the risks and consequences of frack drilling and are some companies doing it better than others?  Pop City takes a closer look at the pros and cons of drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale and asks, can we get this right?

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Why I Moved to Pittsburgh: Lawrenceville

In our continuing series of people moving to Pittsburgh, we focus on Rob de la Cretaz from New Jersey, who was captivated by Pittsburgh after visiting. He saw a sense of promise, and a progressive, forward-thinking mentality. Not to mention the huge arts community and an impressive tech presence. Learn how quickly Rob formed his own community through PodCamp, Bike Pittsburgh, and PGH Tweet-Ups and more.

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Open Letter to Graduating College Students: Stay Here in Pittsburgh

Dear Graduating College Student, As you face your future and a lifetime of major decisions, can we help make a big one easier? Consider staying here in Pittsburgh. While we were writing you this letter, Pittsburgh was named the #2 best city in the country for graduating seniors. And just last week Forbes magazine named us Most Livable City.. One reason why? We're hiring. We have this website with more than 20,000 jobs in the region. Not a typo. 20k. Keep reading.

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The First Gigapanorama of Pittsburgh

High in the sky over Pittsburgh, a team gathered on the top of the U.S. Steel Building to take the first ever 360-degree panorama photo of Pittsburgh--and far beyond. How? Using gigapan technology, of course. Check out the the image, zoom in to find amazing detail, and read the remarkable story of how it came to be, along with plans for the highest park in the country, right here in Pittsburgh.

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Animal Friends: Thinking Outside the Cage

While everyone has heard of Animal Friends, not everyone knows it's a model nationwide for its role in our community. From matching pets to owners to controlling pet population, this group stands heads and tails above others in advocating for animals. Oh, and they throw great parties and events, too. How about BYODog to W(h)ine Night or Bow Wow Bingo?

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Photo Slide Show: The New Fairmont Hotel

It's new, it's a show-stopper and it's something Pittsburgh has long needed. The luxurious and enviro-friendly Fairmont Hotel opened to accolades last week and in this photo slide show, our Pop City photographer shows you why.

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Pop Star: Vivian Loftness

Vivian Loftness blazed a green trail in Pittsburgh when she arrived at Carnegie Mellon a few decades ago and she continues to be on the forefront of architecture and building performance.  Read about a leader in her field then watch her inspiring TEDxLP video about our mortal imperative to preserve the earth for our children and how we can do it.

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The Pittsburgh Foundation: Changing the Game

After gathering data for a year, the Pittsburgh Foundation's Grant Oliphant made his move -- and the spectacular results turned out to be a game changer. Learn more about the gamble, the computer crash, the impressive wave of support that caused it and the person behind it all.

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YPA: Preserving Pittsburgh One Teen at a Time

A nationally unique organization is working to turn high schoolers into neighborhood preservationists -- and engines of economic development. What started as a Carnegie Mellon grad school project has morphed into the only preservationist association in the country dedicated solely to youth engagement in architecture, history and civics. Founder Dan Holland explains.


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What Pittsburgh Needs: Says You

As a follow up to an article we featured on what New Girl in Town said Pittsburgh needs, we now feature your comments and suggestions, from food carts and more airline connections to improved energy efficiency and all that jazz. And for all you entrepreneurial types out there, keep in mind that needs=opportunities.

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5 Ways We Are Already Acting Like a Region

We hear it more and more these days: we have to start acting like a region to better compete in this global economy. But John Denny argues in his latest thought piece that we already are acting like a region. He names five different regional initiatives that have achieved success or are showing promise. And then of course he has to ask: what's on your list?

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New Girl in Town: What's New in Pittsburgh?

What's new and exciting in town? Follow New Girl as she gets the dish on the newest restaurants--one is a plum, the other is a contradiction in terms--along with unique museums and an architecturally stunning building with a big name (or two) on it.

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Pop Video: North Shore Riverfront Trails

If you want to look at just one thing that has transformed Pittsburgh, look at the Riverfront trails. In this video, recreational users, dog owners and even a wedding couple explain why they love the idyliic and scenic Northshore trails. May we suggest: Get out there while the weather is still good.

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Cool Digs: Pittsburgh Architecture Part Two

All across the city, young, visionary architects are helping to reshape the way Pittsburghers think about where and how we live. As one architect says, they're implementing new ideas, improving neighborhoods and proving that good design is sustainable. Not to mention creating very cool spaces for living.

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A Taste of Peru in the Strip

A fairly new Peruvian polleria in the Strip is attracting a lot of attention for its signature dish of marinated and roasted chicken. Meet the young and spirited owner from Peru, Shelbin Santos, who insists on an authentic experience and delivers.

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Pop Video: Washington's Landing

Want to see one of the most unusual and appealing real estate developments in Pittsburgh? Check out Washington's Landing, a brownfield redevelopment on an island within view of downtown. With bike paths and boats and kayaks, it offers something out of the ordinary, with views to die for.

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The One and Only: Society for Contemporary Craft

The exceptional Society for Contemporary Craft in the Strip District is one of the few places in the country focusing on modern crafts. Go for the first class exhibits, or go for the classes, or go for the outstanding gift shop. Just go, and experience a cultural institution that makes Pittsburgh proud.

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Pop Video: BikeFest 2009!

Where would we be without biking in Pittsburgh? And where would we be without Bike Pittsburgh? In this lively video, we capture the spirit of Bikefest 2009 in all its energy and glory.

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New Girl in Town: Under-the-Radar Cultural Gems

In a region that is rich in arts, you might think you've seen it all, but there's always something new, or even old, to discover. From a pair of rockers to some final resting places, here are a few under-the-radar cultural gems you might not be familiar with. Feel free to add your own.

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Slide Show: This is Pittsburgh

Want to see the real Pittsburgh?  Pop City photographer Brian Cohen captures the essence of our city in this compelling and beautiful slide show. Yes, we've come a long way and as the international spotlight shines upon us, Pittsburgh takes a bow.

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The Business Case for the Arts

As all eyes turn to Pittsburgh, arts organizations in town are banding together to demonstrate their awesomeness. Pittsburgh is Art, they declare, and its impact on the region is profound--from creating new intersections with the business world to spurring revitalization in our city. Signed by 30 heads of arts groups, this editorial might make you think differently about the true value of art in a region blessed with an abundance.


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Why I Moved to Pittsburgh: West End

When Wendy Downs and Jeremy Boyle decided to relocate their business and their family, they looked for three things in a new city: opportunity, creativity, and a sense of belonging. No surprise they landed in Pittsburgh from Western Massachusetts. Then they narrowed their choice down to the newly renamed West End Village and found they loved it.

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The Bike Safely in Pittsburgh Guide

With all the bike riders in Pittsburgh lately--Pittsburgh is ranked #11 in city residents commuting by bike--we're interested in advancing bike safety. So here's our guide and lessons learned to help you avoid some of the mistakes this writer and others have made. Some are basic. Others are epic. We say have fun but be careful out there!

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Pop Star: Rand Director Susan Everingham

As the new director of the Pittsburgh office of the Rand Corporation, now 180 strong and growing, Susan Everingham is pleased with its location and the work they're doing here. A transplant from Southern California, she's also pleasantly surprised by what she found here. Now with the upcoming G-20 summit, she hopes the rest of the world discovers it, too.

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Walk this Way: Pittsburgh's Walkable Neighborhoods

When it comes to walkable neighborhoods, Pittsburgh rules. Most of our 90 neighborhoods are walkable and they're anything but pedestrian. Take in the architecture, the bricked streets, the corner bakery that make up the scenery. Walking is a beautiful thing and with all the walking tours in town, there's no excuse for not knowing your way around.

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New Girl in Town: Date Night in Pittsburgh

New Girl is dreaming big again, this time about the ultimate romantic evening in Pittsburgh that comes complete with a little black dress, the perfect mojito, a fabulous restaurant and more. Join her, and a few others, on her quest as she shops Nordstrom, hits some nice bars around town and longs for a certain hotel to open. Who knew she was such a romantic? Well, we did actually, but that's another story.

How to Live Like a Millionaire: Live Here

How affordable is Pittsburgh? Ask anyone who has moved here from New York, San Francisco, Chicago or other big cities. Quality of life is key.

Bike Polo: Taking it to the Streets

For those who love to ride bikes and wield sticks, here's your sport: bike polo, a new and exciting street game that requires little more than two wheels and a desire for a good time. Everyone is welcome. BYOB (that's bike). 

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.

Why We Moved to Pittsburgh (Mt. Lebanon)

He could have commuted to Pittsburgh during the work week but Tim Nolan and his wife Beth decided to move here instead. The draw? The universities, for one, along with a few only-in-Pittsburgh amenities such as PNC Park and that stunning skyline view. Now they think Pittsburgh is one of America's best-kept secrets.

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.

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.

Why We Moved to Downtown Pittsburgh

While liiving the suburban lifestyle in Maryland, this young couple did a search for a great city to move to and decided on Pittsburgh. Then they took it one step further and opted to live the urban lifestyle downtown--with their young son.

Slide Show: The New Children's Hospital

It will rock the conceptions you have of hospitals. The new Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, scheduled to open on May 2nd, is exceptional in its design and Pop City photographer Brian Cohen captures it beautifully in this photo slide show. Click here.

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.
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