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Councilman Gilman tapped for National League of Cities committee

Pittsburgh City Councilman Dan Gilman has been appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2015 Community and Economic Development Steering Committee. The committee is responsible for the development of NLC federal policy on issues involving housing, community and economic development, land use, recreation and parks, historic preservation and international competitiveness. 

As a member of the committee, Gilman promises to play a key role in shaping NLC’s policy and advocate on behalf of cities like Pittsburgh. “This is an incredible opportunity to continue bringing Pittsburgh to the national stage,” Gilman said.

Read more about NLC’s other committees and councils here

 

VisitPITTSBURGH gets kudos from national sporting events planners

SportsEvents Media Group, a national publication for the sporting event planning industry recently honored VisitPITTSBURGH with its 2015 Readers' Choice Award.

Craig Davis, president and CEO of VisitPITTSBURGH, recognized the growth of sports tourism in Pittsburgh, citing recent events including last summer's P&G Gymnastics Championships, the NHL's Winter Classic and the U.S. Open, set to return in 2016. 

See the complete list of award winners.

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.
 

The gold standard of Rust Belt revitalization

Canadian journalist Adam Radwanski traveled to revitalized Rust Belt cities in the United States, and found Pittsburgh to be the gold standard of urban renewal in America's industrial heartland.

In The Globe and Mail, Radwanski writes of Pittsburgh: "Scarcely anybody there denies that its economic reinvention in advanced manufacturing, life-sciences and information technology – which have seen a host of start-up successes – has something to do with becoming a place young professionals want to be."

Read the full article here

Local architects win national AIA award for Haiti design project

Pittsburgh architecture firm Rothschild Doyno Collaborative recently received the 2015 AIA National Architecture Honor Award for designing the Center of Hope project in Haiti with World Vision.

The American Institute of Architects hasn’t bestowed a national AIA honor award for architecture to a Pittsburgh office since 1999.

“It is a rare honor for our local art and design community,” says Mike Gwin, a principal at Rothschild Doyno Collaborative.

Read the full list of AIA’s award recipients here.
 

'The coolest American city you haven't been to'

The Huffington Post is whetting the appetite of Pittsburgh-bound tourists lately, calling it “the coolest American city you haven’t been to.”

Journalist Andrea Poe examines Pittsburgh in all of its quirky glory, from Randyland and the Duquesne Incline to The Mattress Factory and the Bayernhof Museum.

“Downtown Pittsburgh is infused with an authentic, indie-spirited vibrancy you don't see much in cities anymore,” Poe writes.

Read the full post here.
 
 

Katie Couric interviews Police Chief McLay

Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay was recently interviewed by Katie Couric for Yahoo Global News about the fallout for his recent controversial #EndWhiteSilence photograph that went viral.

In the Yahoo interview, McLay states that in hindsight he would still choose to hold the sign for the photo.

When asked about the sign he was photographed holding and the ensuing fallout, he responded, “I consider it a blessing and an opportunity … the issues of race and policing and the relationship between police and our communities of color is an issue on the national forefront.”

Watch the interview here.
 

Pittsburgh ranks No. 2 for city pride in real estate blog

When it comes to city pride, Pittsburgh residents rank No. 2 nationally, according to real estate blog Movoto.

The blog recently published a list of the top 10 U.S. cities with a healthy dose of self-regard, and Pittsburgh finished at a strong second, right after Tulsa, Okla.

“Pittsburgh is home to a lot of firsts: first polio vaccine, first Ferris wheel, first commercial radio station, first public television station, first Ice Capades show, and first Big Mac,” writes Movoto content creator Andy Eddy.

Find the full list here.
 

Pittsburgh ranked No. 1 for Sports Facilities & Outdoor Recreation in U.S.

 Wallethub.com recently released their rankings of 2014’s best and worst cities for an active lifestyle. The rankings were based on two basic criteria: Sports Facilities & Outdoor Recreation and Budget & Participation.

While Pittsburgh came in No. 1 for Sports Facilities & Outdoor Recreation, we’re lagging behind on Budget & Participation, with a ranking of No. 26 in that category. But Pittsburgh also made it into the top five of secondary criteria, including highest number of swimming pools per capita and lowest average cost of playing golf.

Read the full list of cities that made the cut here.
 

Penn Ave. bike lane among top 10 nationally

National bicycling group PeopleForBikes named America’s top 10 new bike lanes of the year and included Pittsburgh’s Penn Avenue bike lane in the mix.

Green Lane Project staff writer Michael Anderson details protected bike lanes in cities including San Francisco, Portland, and Memphis before describing the rapid execution of Pittsburgh’s on-street biking network.

“Pittsburgh has always been a city of action, and that’s its style with bike lanes too,” writes Anderson.

To read the full story, click here.
 

Thriving startup scene detailed in The Atlantic

If you're the mastermind behind a brilliant tech startup, Silicon Valley's not the only place to set up shop. Pittsburgh offers a viable alternative and a model for tech magnetism, offers The Atlantic magazine.

In his article "How to Create a Tech Startup if You're Not in Silicon Valley," The Atlantic's John Tierney explains that Pittsburgh's startups share oxygen with internationally known tech companies like Google and Disney Research that have a sizable presence here.

"Pittsburgh has one of the liveliest tech ecosystems in the country," Tierney writes. "It's a tech mecca, along with places like Silicon Valley, Boston/Cambridge, Seattle, and Austin."

Read the full how-to here.
 

Conde Nast Traveler points tourists to Pittsburgh

Conde Nast Traveler has added Pittsburgh to its list of top 15 must-see spots for 2015. 

In its annual tour guide, "Top 15 Places to Go in 2015," Conde Nast Traveler includes Pittsburgh with global destinations in Costa Rica, Colombia, Mexico and Rwanda, to name a few. 

"The furnaces are long gone, but this city's on fire," writes Brent Burket, sharing his love of Pittsburgh's art and restaurant scenes.

See the full list of 2015 hot spots here.

 

Forbes names Pittsburgh second smartest city in U.S.

Pittsburgh earned salutatorian placement on Forbes magazine’s list of the smartest cities in the United States.

Coming in second after the Boston-Cambridge-Newton area, Pittsburgh logged the largest percentage point increase since 2000 in the proportion of its population that is college-educated. The Steel City climbed 8.8 points to 32.2 percent, on the strength of 37.3% growth in raw numbers.

Educate yourself on the full list here.
 

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is key to city's recent renaissance, says The Atlantic

In the latest installment of its American Futures series, The Atlantic magazine digs into Pittsburgh’s recent past, particularly the role of an organization created three decades ago – the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

In the article “How the arts drove Pittsburgh’s revitalization,” reporter John Tierney explains that Pittsburgh’s turnaround efforts are widely regarded for its sensible, clearheaded approach based on preservation.

Tierney writes:

“In looking at Pittsburgh’s impressive revival, it’s important to take note of the key role played over the last 30 years by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, an organization that has managed one of the city’s most vivid transformations, turning a large part of downtown that had been overtaken by porn shops, strip clubs, massage parlors and sleazy bars into a lively, safe and attractive district for cultural arts and entertainment.”

Read the full article here.
 
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