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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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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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Larimer welcomes home some long-overdue hope

Led by a $30 million grant from the federal government and businesses like East End Brewery and community development nonprofit GTECH putting down roots, the East End neighborhood of Larimer is reasserting itself as a green, sustainable community. 

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Pop Filter Hot Pick: 4th annual VIA Music & New Media Festival remixes Pittsburgh

The 4th annual VIA Music & New Media Festival is popping up all around town, producing its most expansive event to date, including new collaborations with the Carnegie International and TechShop. Experience performances by top international musicians and visual artists, try out the latest in 3D scanning technologies and become avatars during live showcases.

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The flea market scene in Pittsburgh

From a pop-up marketplace to the Allegheny Historical Society Flea-tique, the flea market scene in Pittsburgh is as thriving as ever. We'll get you started with this roundup of can't-miss flea markets.

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ReClaim Northside: A lesson in vacant lot renewal

Ten ambassadors on the North Side were chosen to take part in Reclaim NorthSide to green vacant lots. The GTECH program not only teaches them step by step how to complete a green project, but it also helps them become advocates for community change. 
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