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Mapsburgh memorializes whimsical city on Etsy, Tumblr

Ever imagine Pittsburgh’s most iconic neighborhoods as places of whimsy and wonder? A Hill of Squirrels, perhaps, or a View of Beeches? Whether you hail from the the Line of Brook or the Land of Oak, your fiefdom is now memorialized in an Etsy shop, thanks to a series of whimsical maps from artist Stentor Danielson.

Danielson, a Slippery Rock University geology professor and amateur cartographer, creates whimsical, fanstastical maps of familiar places, like Sewickley and Cleveland, with a heaping dose of influence from J.R.R. Tolkien. His map of Pittsburgh, for example, depicts the city as a fantasy land of castles and dragons.

“The Domain of Pittsburgh in the Realm of Pennsylvania” even includes the former site of the Civic Arena is there, labeled as “Desolation of Civic.” Danielson says his pen-and-ink geographical drawings are inspired by epic fantasy novels like Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings.”

A bit twee? OK. But a time-honored spin on the idea of place-making, for sure.

To crawl inside the mind of Stetson, visit Mapsburgh, his Tumblr blog.

From grime to glam: Posh Pittsburgh neighborhoods

CNN highlights Pittsburgh by focusing on some of our neighborhoods that offer "great shopping and even better dining."

The article recommends exploring the formerly seedy, now-hot Lawrenceville for locally owned boutiques (including Sugar) and eateries (they suggest trying to the lasagna at BYOB Piccolo Forno; we suggest the wood-fired pizza preceded by a margarita at the Round Corner Cantina just across the street). The Strip District gets called out as a foodie destination--there's java at 21st Street Coffee and Tea (a Pop City favorite) and sweet treats at Enrico Biscotti Company.

The article also recommends fashionistas pop into e.b. Pepper and Moda on Shadyside's Walnut Street, and refuel in Squirrel Hill with Thai at Bangkok Balcony and cupcakes at Dozen.

And though Sewickley's not quite a city neighborhood, the borough--11 miles northwest of the city--makes an appearance, thanks to its unique boutiques and the affordably chic food at the Sewickley Cafe.

The article also guides readers to a CNN video that chronicles Pittsburgh's progression from a depressed steel town to the revitalized host of the G-20 global summit.

To read the complete CNN article, click here.
To view the CNN video, click here.

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