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Chicago blogger rallies in support of a bikeable Pittsburgh

Despite the negativity coming from Pittsburgh cab drivers, blogger Matt Carmichael says Pittsburgh's efforts at bikeability give him hope. 

During a recent visit to Pittsburgh for the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place Conference, Carmichael noted the protected bike lanes installed outside the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and started asking around.

While Mayor Bill Peduto told conference attendees he wants his city to be among the most bike-friendly in the nation, Carmichael argued with the cabbies who see cyclists as a traffic nuisance.

In the end, Carmichael vouched his support for the placemaking movement represented by Pittsburgh’s latest protected bike lanes running along Penn Avenue from Sixth Street to 16th Street.

Read Carmichael’s full post here.

Pittsburgh seeks to expand riverfront access to the public

"Pittsburgh exists for three reasons: the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio," writes Pittsburgh-based writer Christine O'Toole in the New York Times. "In the 20th century, the banks of those rivers were controlled by industrial behemoths. They largely lost that identity after the waning of the steel industry in the 1980s. Over the last two decades, however, the city’s progress in clearing and cleaning its waterfront has created 12 miles of recreational trails, three professional sports stadiums, several boat landings and an influx of nearly 2,000 new downtown residents.

"The city has managed to leverage a $124 million investment in publicly accessible riverfront into $4 billion in corporate, public, nonprofit and entertainment development downtown.

"That success has renewed a debate that would have been unthinkable in Pittsburgh’s polluted industrial heyday: how best to expand public access to the shorelines of the three rivers. Projects proposed for two of the largest tracts left to be developed on the downtown fringe illustrate the opportunities and limits of public-private partnerships..."

Read the full story here.

Five reasons to visit Pittsburgh

Blogger Polly Higgins writes: "Because it's my hometown, Pittsburgh is a required destination on the annual itinerary. Still, every time I visit, as I did last weekend, I am reminded how much there is to do in the under-the-radar town.

Though far west in the Keystone State, a trip to Pittsburgh via the Pennsylvania Turnpike clocks under seven hours from Brooklyn. This is a good enough distance to wash off the workweek, but not so cumbersome as to require more than a long weekend."

Here are her recommendations, from the Carnegie Museum to the Strip District.

Read the story here.

Savoy featured as stylish new dining spot in the Strip

The Examiner profiles and reviews one of Pittsburgh's newer restaurants, the sophisticated and savvy Savoy in the Strip.

Read the review here.

Yes, Cleveland, there is lots to love about your sister city, Pittsburgh

Except for two days a year when our football teams face each other, there's no reason not to love their sister city Pittsburgh, say these two Cleveland authors. From walking Walnut St to stops at Eleven and Dish and a stay at the charming Morning Glory Inn, they find a weekend in Pittsburgh to be quite wonderful.

But what took them to Robinson Twp for the one thing they can't find in Pittsburgh?

Read the full story here.

So that's why they call it Kidsburgh

When this vacation blogger came to Pittsburgh, she wondered why they called it Kidsburgh. After her family visit, which included the Aviary, Primanti's and the Science Center, she knew why.

Read the full story here.

Is Pittsburgh the new Hollywood?

Is Pittsburgh the Hollywood of the east? With the new film partnerships--the Entertainment Technology Center and Knight Vision Studios--at 31st Studios, not to mention tax incentives and a growing talent pool, the buzz is only growing.

See the news video here.

Pittsburgh Public Market ranked among nation's best

In a list that includes Pike Place and Reading Terminal Market, the new Pittsburgh Public Market was named one of the country's best. Not bad for a place that just opened last August. The array of shops and arts venues highlight the city's ethnicity and thriving art scene, says Frommer's.

"You'll find plenty of organic, grass-fed, and gluten-free foods, along with homemade empanadas, gourmet marshmallows, pierogies, and locally foraged mushrooms. Here, you can also shop for one-of-a-kind items, such as handmade knits and hand-drawn collages."

Pittsburgh's journey from smoke-filled to most livable

PennLive's blog looks at Pittsburgh's journey, from steel king to Forbes magazine's "most livable city."  Check it out here.

The Strip District: When good things happen to an already- happening 'hood

Local blog PGH is a City nicely sums up some fresh developments in the Strip District.

1. Pittsburgh Public Market is opening this spring at 18th and Smallman Streets.
2. A city-wide flea market is coming to the Strip in April at 21st and Railroad Streets.
3. Development of the Allegheny riverfront property behind the Produce Terminal has been announced.

"When I first moved to Pittsburgh, the Strip District was my instant favorite neighborhood. I immediately became a regular shopper there enjoying all of its eateries and ethnic stores. However, I never expected that in a few short years this awesome place would continue to grow and evolve into an even better destination," the blog states.

Read the complete PGH is a City blog post.

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Pittsburgh is for crafters: Five local stops that highlight handmade

Pittsburgh gets some gushy, well-deserved love in a recent post on Handmade in PA, a blog devoted to supporting the arts and crafts in Pennsylvania.

The post, by Carrie Nardini of I Made It! Market and Pittsburgh Craft Collective, calls out "five stops [that] highlight some opportunities for making and selling, learning and experiencing craft hands-on."

1. The Society for Contemporary Craft in the Strip District "offers exhibitions, a juried gallery shop filled with beautifully handcrafted items, classes in their studios and short 'Try It' workshops where master artisans provide a taste of their craft in one session enabling participants walk away with a final product."

2. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Shadyside "offers classes in a variety of medium including ceramics, photography, metals and printmaking; holds a summer camp for kids; and features a gallery and juried shop."

3. Touchstone Center for Crafts, about an hour outside the city, "offers week and weekend long intensive classes for beginners and artists seeing to fine tune their skill set."

4. Wildcard, on Butler Street in Lawrenceville, sells "all handmade wares with a focus on items produced by local artists and makers."

5. I Made It! Market, "Pittsburgh's nomadic indie crafts marketplace," pops up six to eight times a year throughout the city. Next I Made It! is Sat., Feb. 6 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Union Project in Highland Park.

Click here to read the complete Made in PA blog post.

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Nakturnal organizer, emcee, singer, activist: Pittsburgher Kellee Maize does it all

Pittsburgh Renaissance woman Kellee Maize is interviewed on blog Baltimore Club about her work with the all-female events and promotions company Nakturnal, her new album Aligned Archetype (a mix between Lady Gaga, M.I.A. and Uffie), sharing her music for free and, hmm, her interest in quantum physics.

Maize is holding an album release party at FATE Nightclub in the Strip District on Fri., Jan. 29.

Click here to read the complete Baltimore Club post.

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The Embury: 1920s, culinary-style cocktails in the Strip District

Why the Embury? Because lite beer and 25-center drafts get old after the first five minutes. Because vodka and Red Bull is for chugging on a dancefloor, not savoring in a dark corner. Because you know better. Because Pittsburgh offers better.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review profiles the Embury in a fun, informational video Pop City found through the Boring Pittsburgh blog. The Embury, which is part of Firehouse Lounge in the Strip District, serves pre-prohibition classic cocktails in an atmosphere that's pure class--the bartenders wear ties and the absinthe is prepared the proper way.

Click here to watch the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review video on the Embury.

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Exploring Pittsburgh: Culture and cuisine for all ages

Phyllis Steinberg writes for TravelLady Magazine that "whatever your flavor, Pittsburgh has something to suit everyone's taste buds."

She suggests seeing the city by land and water, from atop Mt. Washington by way of the Incline and from the rivers by way of the Gateway Clipper.

The article highlights some usual tourist standards, such as cheese shopping in the Strip District and browsing the Carnegie Museums. It also suggests checking out Lawrenceville hotspot Tamari for caviar-laced appetizers, and the Frick Art & Historical Center for antique cars and a taste of the Victorian high life.

Click here to read the complete TravelLady magazine article.

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Random good photos from the randomly good Strip District

A contributor at the website Random Good Stuff recently snapped from randomly good photos in the random and good Strip District. Click through from some recognizable and some hard-to-place images of sights, old and new, including the DeLuca's facade, a Primanti Bros. sandwich, Steelers fans shopping for cheese, n'at.

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