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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. 

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What smart cities can learn from Denver

Fueled by collaboration, the Mile High City is investing in transit-oriented development while also preserving its historic neighborhoods. Denver has gained 50,000 new residents in the past four years, outpacing its suburbs and most other metro areas.

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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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With space to grow, local food flourishes in Western PA

The area around Pittsburgh has everything it needs to foster a thriving locavore movement -- ample affordable farmland, creative community leaders and passionate chefs. Together, they're cooking up something powerful.

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State of PA: Artists help rebuild and unify up-and-coming neighborhoods across Pennsylvania

In an effort to upend gentrification and boost struggling areas, community groups such as Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation and Assemble and artists and art supporters like Nina Sauer are banding together to throw blockbuster events and push creative development strategies.

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

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

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The Hill District: Still waiting for something great to happen

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

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Pop Stars: 3 people making Pittsburgh pop

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

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Is growth for cities always a good thing?

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

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The smart alternative called PittMoss

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

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

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

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Is downtown Pittsburgh going to the dogs?

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

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The Pop City guide to kayaking in western PA

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

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Greening a downtown Pittsburgh parking lot

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

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Five standout ways Pittsburgh groups are advancing communities

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