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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.

Famed clothing designer Johnny Cupcakes stops by Dozen Bake Shop on national tour

T-shirt designer Johnny Cupcakes, who's been named one of BusinessWeek's "Best Entrepreneurs 25 and Under," stopped by Pittsburgh on his recent national Back to Basics: Suitcase Tour, and posted a fun, flashy video of his visit on his blog.

The video highlights the Cupcakes crew pulling into town (tunnel! bridges! skyline! gee, Pittsburgh is pretty), and the heavily attended party at Dozen Bake Shop on Butler Street in Lower Lawrenceville. Watch on for beauty shots of the Burgh and for interviews with fans of cupcakes and Cupcakes.

Watch the Johnny Cupcakes video.

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What you get for $275,000: A little goes a long way in Pittsburgh real estate

New York Times heads to Pittsburgh in its latest "Great Homes and Destinations" piece that explores "what you get for $275,000."

While that amount would barely buy an efficiency in some cities, less than thirty-thou buys a four-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath house in Pittsburgh's Lawrenceville neighborhood. The 3,150-square-foot house -- with a pine-shaded backyard -- costs only $88.57 per square foot.

About the neighborhood, the Times explains, "Lawrenceville has many town houses like this one, but the neighborhood was also the site of a major arsenal in the Civil War era, and after that, several steel plants. This house is about a half-block from Butler Street, a commercial corridor with boutiques, galleries and restaurants. (Dozen, a bakery, serves more than 25 types of cupcakes; Sugar Boutique, a clothing shop, carries the work of several local designers.) Lawrenceville is about two miles north of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. Downtown is just west of the universities."

As for the house itself?

"The house was built in 1889 and was completely renovated by the current owners, who maintained the original staircase, tin cornices in the kitchen, tin ceilings in several rooms and most of the hardwood floors. Downstairs, where the house's common areas are, several walls were knocked out to open the space. Many of the materials used in the renovation were green. The second level, which was also opened up, has a master suite with a bedroom at one end, and a dressing area with two walk-in closets on the other. A few steps up from that are two guest bedrooms. The fourth bedroom, currently used for storage, is on the third level."

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$622M Children's Hospital celebrates first year at 1.5-million sf Lawrenceville campus

"When Children's Hospital moved from Oakland to Lawrenceville a year ago today, it left behind an outdated building, undesirable parking and cramped patient rooms," reports Luis Fabregas at Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

The $622 million, 1.5 million-square-foot complex -- a nine-story hospital and 10-story research tower -- "attracted top doctors in high-end pediatric specialties such as neurosurgery and cardiac surgery. That helped Children's put the hospital on the world map... In the past year, international referrals to Children's increased 24 percent, to 103 from 83."

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Brunch, farm-to-table dinners, raising chicks: Cupcakes are just the beginning at Dozen

Local blog Boring Pittsburgh features a new post all about every Pittsburgher's favorite cupcakes 'n' more shop --Dozen.

Chris Rosella sat down with Dozen's Andrew Twigg to discuss the rapidly expanding Dozen empire, from apple pie a la mode to Sunday brunch, from prix-fixe farm-to-table dinners to raising their own chickens and growing their own herbs.

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