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Just because a space has been abandoned does not mean it is no longer useful. Entrepreneurs, artists, city officials, activists and neighbors, with the right amount of ambition and innovation, can take vacant spaces and turn them into opportunities. By transforming what we already have into sustainable properties, we revitalize neighborhoods and stimulate local economies.

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Jason Matukaitis powder coats the claw feet of a cast-iron bathtub a spicy red.

Handmade in Pittsburgh: Meet the local makers crafting furniture, carving out community

The makers movement, a growing community of artisans, designers and craftspersons that embraces the values of sustainability and the quality found in handmade products, is carving out a home in Pittsburgh. Pop City profiles some of the local talented furniture makers leading this creative community.

Merry Oaks Farm

The 'American' watchmaker: From Mount Everest to Grove City

A picturesque rehabbed farm in western Pennsylvania is the site of Kobold Expedition Tools, a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that has pioneered a rebirth in American watchmaking. This story first appeared in livingthegrove.com and has been updated to include information about the April 25 earthquake in Nepal. 

Reverence for beer

Once a trend, creative church reuse is now a modern tradition in Pittsburgh

Creative entrepreneurs have been resurrecting former Pittsburgh churches and turning them into all manner of gathering spaces for years. The movement has gained such momentum in the region that lately, the trend has turned into a kind of modern tradition. 

The first floor of the re-designed Paramount Building

Innovative architects transform abandoned sites into neighborhood icons

Through innovative sustainability and re-use practices, local design firms are preserving essential pieces of Pittsburgh history by turning neglected structures into neighborhood icons.

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VIDEO: Hundreds find new ideas for their cities at inaugural Urban Innovation Exchange

In September, innovators from around the country convened in Detroit to exchange their ideas for building better cities and stronger communities. For three days, Detroit was transformed into a marketplace for ideas for cities.
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