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Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh named among America's top 10 facilities for kids

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has once again been named one of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, making this the sixth consecutive year the hospital has been listed on the Honor Roll.

Children’s Hospital ranks eighth on the magazine’s 2015-16 Honor Roll of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals and also in each of the 10 pediatrics specialties ranked. These highlight the top 50 U.S. pediatric hospitals in each of 10 specialties: cancer; cardiology and cardiac surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; gastroenterology and GI surgery; neonatology; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; pulmonology; and urology.

In nine of the specialties, Children’s ranked in the top 25 including: second in gastroenterology and GI surgery; third in diabetes and endocrinology; sixth in pulmonology; and 10th in cardiology and cardiac surgery, neonatology, and neurology and neurosurgery.

The 2015-16 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings has been released online and will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2016” guidebook, available in September.

Read the complete listing of all of the hospitals named on the U.S. News Honor Roll here.
 

Pittsburgh parks curator receives national honor

Thanks to her role as parks curator for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Susan Rademacher will receive one of the highest national honors from the American Society of Landscape Architects. 

The ASLA bestows the honorary member title on those who've provided notable service to the profession of landscape architecture. Since its founding the 1899, the society has granted honorary membership to only 176 recipients, including former President Jimmy Carter, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Robert Redford and Ladybird Johnson. 

Since joining the conservancy in 2007, Rademacher has served as the project leader for the recent renovation of Downtown's Mellon Square and wrote the 2014 Princeton Architectural Press book Mellon Square: Discovering a Modernist Masterpiece.

Rademacher was editor in chief of Landscape Architecture magazine from 1984 to 1987 and was a founding editor of Garden Design magazine. She served as both president of Louisville's Olmsted Parks Conservancy and assistant director of Louisville's Metro Parks Department from 1991 to 2007. 

As parks curator for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Rademacher has completed master planning and project design for the Walled Garden in Mellon Park and Mary Schenley Memorial Fountain. She is currently working on Cliffside Park renovations; master plans for Arsenal Park, Leslie Park, and McKinley Park; Heth's Run in Highland Park; and the Northeast Fountain in Allegheny Commons.

Dwell magazine features affordable Lawrenceville family home

Shelter magazine Dwell featured the Lawrenceville home of architect Andrew Moss and his wife, electrical engineer Michelle Yanefski, showcasing the salvaged materials, ingenuity and DIY ethic that built the home for $135 per square foot. 

In the article, writer Kelly Vencill Sanchez describes how the couple simplified and strategized to complete the three-bedroom house for a little over $310,000. 

Read the story here.

 

Highbrow Magazine calls Pittsburgh 'a foodie playground'

Pittsburgh's restaurant scene is attracting ambitious young chefs intent on creating the next big food town, according to a recent article in Highbrow Magazine. 

In "How Pittsburgh Became a Dining Destination," Pittsburgh native Beth Kaiserman details the evolution of Pittsburgh cuisine from smothered under French fries to full-blown foodie playground, thanks to an annual Restaurant Week and inventive hot spots in the Cultural District and beyond.

Read the full article here.
 

Zipping through grit to find a renaissance of reuse

Zipcar’s online magazine zips through several Pittsburgh landmarks and discovers a story of grit-turned-grandeur.

In the article “How Gritty, Industrial Pittsburgh is Leading a Renaissance of Reuse,” Ziptopia writer Jeffrey Tanenhaus explains the evolution of local fixtures including the Grand Concourse Restaurant, Church Brew Works and The Andy Warhol Museum.

“Factories and warehouses still populate the riverbanks, but urban renewal – fueled by artistic initiatives and gastronomic growth starting in the 1970s – is turning Pittsburgh into a laid-back post-industrial playground,” Tanenhaus writes.

Tour Pittsburgh through Ziptopia’s lens here.
 

For Millennials, Pittsburgh is 'Land of Opportunity'

The Atlantic’s latest investigation into what makes our region tick dives deep into the youthful enthusiasm of a cross-section of Pittsburgh boosters.

In an article titled “What Millennials Love About Pittsburgh,” writer John Tierney expounds upon recent research showing that Pittsburgh – with its abundance of both affordability and mobility -- still offers a shot at the American Dream when many U.S. cities are unable to.

“It’s a very good time to be in Pittsburgh if you’re a young person (need we call them ‘Millennials?’),” Tierney writes. “So, if you’re roughly in that age cohort and now living somewhere else – in a place where opportunities seem limited – consider a move to the City of Bridges.”

Meet Pittsburgh’s biggest proponents here.
 

Lawrenceville makes global list of hipster hot spots

In its survey of the 26 hippest ‘hoods in the world, Business Insider website ranked Lawrenceville among the likes of Paris’ Belleville and Ménilmontant and Budapest’s District VII.

“The 26 Most Hipster Neighborhoods in the World” list cites Lawrenceville’s ability to grow its population of young people by 25% over the past decade, spawning hipster hot spots like Roundabout Brewery, Industry Public House and Espresso a Mano.

Normally, Business Insider isn’t the first place we’d turn for the skinny on all things hip. But we’ll accept the compliment gladly – and now we know where to turn when our hipster adventures take us beyond the Three Rivers.

Get hip to Earth’s most happening ‘nabes here.
 

"In Pittsburgh, a visiting sports fan can't fail to hit a home run"

According to the Washington Post’s travel section, Pittsburgh is a haven for roaming sports fans. 

It’s no secret that the Steel City is rich in sports history with moments like Bill Mazeroski’s walk-off homerun in the 1960 World Series and Franco Harris’ “Immaculate Reception” in 1972. In fact, Pittsburghers won’t let you forget them. 

Remnants of sports history in the form of memorabilia and monuments are scattered across the city. Visiting fans can see segments of the outfield wall that Mazeroski’s home run flew over, visit the Roberto Clemente Museum in Lawrenceville, or tour the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum at the Heinz History Center

What sets Pittsburgh apart is the way in which its sports history is preserved and displayed, woven into the overarching story of Pittsburgh’s past. 

“I don’t think there’s another city in the United States that uses sport as much as Pittsburgh to tell its story to the world,” says Rob Ruck, a sports history professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

Houzz features colorful rehabbed Pittsburgh Row House

"The creative couple spent a year working with mossArchitects and Botero Development in the initial stages to customize their run-down, two-bedroom space to seamlessly marry Martin’s modern-edged Moroccan design with Jungwirth’s penchant for reading and collecting," reports Houzz about a renovated row house.  "In the end, color and texture dominate by way of exposed brick and ceiling beams, a vibrant wall mural and casual-cool patterned wallpaper and bedding."

For a virtual tour of this eclectic and inviting house, click here.

The writer of A European Perspective of Pittsburgh returns to the city she loves

Christina Kapaun, author of the best read feature in Pop City, A European perspective of Pittsburgh, is based in Munich, travels often and has a special place in her heart for Pittsburgh. She stays in Lawrenceville during her frequent visits and has grown to love the gorgeous view of the skyline, the vibrant neighborhood, and the many eclectic factors that make up Lawrenceville.

To read more and see photos, click here.

Dropping trou for Pittsburgh's Undie Bike Ride

Riding his bike in his underwear was never really on his bucket list, says the author of the blog Boring Pittsburgh which is anything but. But ride he did, along with his adventurous wife and others in various underwear dress.

"I was prepared for catcalls, whistles and jeers as our group of differently sized and shaped bikers rolled down the street. What I wasn’t prepared for was the good natured support and cheering encouragement from people on the sidewalks, drivers in the road and more than few fellow riders we enveloped in our mass of people. Certainly more than a few people wanted to know what the hell we were doing and why. A few yinzers in cut off Steeler’s tees hooted and hollered but the majority of it seemed good natured...."

Read the full blog here.

Pop City's Mad Men feature picked up by Business Week

That Mad Men masthead photo we featured a few weeks ago, along with the guide to Mad Men-esque places throughout the burgh, was republished in Business Week online, aka, Bloomberg. Missed it the first time? See it here.

Leadership Pittsburgh class advocates for Main Streets

The Leadership Pittsburgh class XVIII is advocating for Pittsburgh's Main Streets, which are facing budget cuts, when they head to Harrisburg soon in a day long session to meet legislators. In preparation and with help from the URA, the class took tours of eight Main St. neighborhoods, from West End to East Liberty and shared their impressions in this article.

"Participants said it was an eye-opening day and an education in the challenges of urban neighborhood development."

Read the full story here.

Knight Vision opening first of its kind studio outside Hollywood, in Pittsburgh

A Pittsburgh film studio struck a deal with the creators of the computer animation used in the movie "Avatar" and other groups to open a new motion-capture production facility that is the first of its kind outside of Hollywood.

Chris Breakwell of The 31st Street Studios announced the deal that involves "Avatar" animators Knight Vision, Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center and Paramount On Location, a division of Paramount Studio Group that moves lighting, rigging and other movie-making equipment to remote shooting locations across the country.

Read full story here.

Lawrenceville makes USA Today's list of up-and-coming neighborhoods

Lawrenceville made USA Today's list of "10 great places to explore urban neighborhoods" for its unique combination of old and new businesses.  Check out the article here.
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