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The Cathedral of Learning in LEGO bricks

LEGO lovers and Pitt alumni can show their support for making the Cathedral of Learning into a new LEGO set.

The 42-story Late Gothic Revival building is the cornerstone of the University of Pittsburgh’s Oakland campus. Blogger Josh Hall originally created the LEGO version of the cathedral for a competition at toy store S.W. Randall in Squirrel Hill.

“It’s such a clean geometric building, it just begs to be recreated in LEGO bricks,” Hall writes on his blog.

Show your support for production of the set here.
 

Smithsonian Magazine celebrates History Center exhibit

“Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation” at the Senator John Heinz History Center caught the eye of Smithsonian Magazine this week.

The publication noted the many contributions Pittsburgh has made to the city throughout it’s 16,000-year history, including introducing the world to the first emoticons, banana splits, ground coffee, ketchup and Big Macs.

“The city has continually reinvented itself,” Smithsonian journalist Max Kutner writes. “At the turn of the 20th century, Pittsburgh was home to thriving glassblowing and iron industries. Over time, that money stayed local, but found its way into other types of business.”

Read the full story and watch a video detailing Pittsburgh’s many firsts hhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/celebrating-pittsburgh-city-behind-pro-football-big-macs-and-polio-vaccine-180952839/ere.
 

The cool place for tech start-ups

Pittsburgh’s giving Silicon Valley a run for its money when it comes to nurturing the next generation of technology innovators.

Pointing to the educational opportunities, low cost of living and new technology hubs scattered throughout the city, Network World Magazine calls Pittsburgh a “thriving and mutually supportive tech community.” For entrepreneurs looking to launch and grow a high-tech start, Pittsburgh is where it’s at.

“This tech-oriented renaissance is no accident,” writes columnist Linda Musthaler. “State and local community leaders have developed a strong ecosystem to support new companies from the conception phase through startup funding and mentorship to larger growth.”

Read all about it here.
 

Yinzer accent makes late night

Actor Patrick Wilson, an alum of Carnegie Mellon University’s theater department, shared his best Pittsburgh impersonation with Seth Myers on NBC last week.

Myers, whose father holds a degree from CMU as well, talked Stillers, Gullifty’s and the Original Hot Dog shop with Wilson, who appeared on Late Night with Seth Myers to promote his movie Space Station 76.

“It’s an accent that exists just at the confluence of the three rivers,” Myers quipped.

Watch the stars swap their yinzer accents here.
 

Sports museum among top 5 for travelers

The Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, on the second and third floors of the Senator John Heinz History Museum, is a sanctuary for sports lovers, both near and far.

Artifacts, memorabilia and a mix of audio and visual exhibitions capture some of sports’ most mind-boggling moments of sports, according to TravelPulse.com.

“Whether hitting a home run or celebrating runners going for the gold, the city’s love for sports continuously prevails in the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum,” the travel site says.

See the full list here.
 

Pittsburgh Canning Exchange gets Epicurious seal of approval

Foodies the world over are getting a taste of how sweet life is in the City of Bridges, thanks to a Q & A with a local canning expert on the Epicurious.com blog.

In an interview on the gourmet site, Sara Blumenstein of the Pittsburgh Canning Exchange talks local harvests, the city’s creative community and of course, her recommendations for making the most of the Pittsburgh food scene.

“Pittsburgh is an exciting place to eat these days!” Blumenstein tells Epicurious.com. “In my neighborhood, Bloomfield, I’m particularly excited about Bread and Salt, a new bakery; DJ’s Butcher Block, a fantastic local butcher; and Fukuda, which I think does the best sushi anywhere.”

Read the full interview here.

The Milk Shake Factory gets finalist nod from Martha Stewart American Made

South Side sweet spot The Milk Shake Factory is a 2014 Food Finalist for the Martha Stewart American Made program. The awards in categories including crafts, design, food and style honors the next generation of great American makers.

The family business has become an iconic Pittsburgh landmark, tempting tourists and locals alike with 55 different flavors of milkshakes, plus specialty sundaes and gourmet chocolates.

Owners Christian Edwards, Dana Edwards and Mark Edwards attribute their success to ambitious ancestors who opened a small chocolate shop and soda fountain in Lawrenceville 100 years ago.

“In 1914, our story began with two young Greek immigrants who heard stories of an America that opened its arms to many who hungered for success,” the owners write on their voting page.

Vote for The Milk Shake Factory hehttp://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/92001/food/the-milk-shake-factoryre.
 

Bicycling magazine names Pittsburgh No. 21 in bike-friendly cities

Pittsburgh gained some traction among the editors at Bicycling magazine, going from No. 35 in 2012 to No. 21 in 2014 in the publication’s ranking of bike-friendly cities in the United States.

The rise in rank is due in part to Pittsburgh’s new “runnels,” those tracks along Pittsburgh’s 712 city staircases that help cyclists more easily roll bikes up steps.

The magazine also recommends the monthly Pittsburgh Underwear Ride as a fun nighttime ride that promotes biking and positive body image.

Get more scoop on the best biking in the ‘Burgh hhttp://www.bicycling.com/ride-maps/featured-rides/21-pittsburghere.
 

One last shot of summerís supermoon

An almost supernatural photo of the September supermoon looming over PPG Place, shot by Pittsburgh photographer Dave Dicello, made a chilling appearance when it was featured on Time.com earlier this month.

“I knew that the moon would make its way over the city about an hour after it rose, giving me time to get to Point State Park, where this photo was made,” DiCello said. “With the moon sitting in the spires above the PPG Building and using a 70-200 lens and a 2X teleconverter, I was able to capture a haunting scene of the harvest moon over the Steel City.”

When the full moon hits its closest point in Earth’s orbit, the result is a larger and brighter-than-average natural phenomenon. When it hangs amid clouds over an illuminated PPG Place, the result is something close to a larger-than-life Gotham City.

See the stunning photo here.
 

Local artist wins finalist for Martha Stewart award

Brad Bianchi, a local self-described reuse mixed-media artist, is the 2014 Wildcard Finalist for Martha Stewart American Made program. The awards in categories including crafts, design, food and style honors the next generation of great American makers.

As Bianchi says on his profile page for the American Made website, Pittsburgh’s identities as the City of Bridges and the Steel City influenced his artistic development.

“I love imagining the journey of every small piece of rusty metal that I find on the ground,” the reclamation artist says.

Vote for Bianchi here.
 
 

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.

Mayor Peduto visits 'Meet the Press'

Mayor Bil Peduto joined Mayors Marilyn Strickland of Tacoma, Wash. and Mick Cornett of Oklahoma City on Chuck Todd's inaugural issue of Sunday morning news talk show, Meet the Press to discuss what the national government can learn from local politics.

"Well, I mean, the ultimate goal is what is the vision," Peduto said. "And it has to be a shared vision, just as we have to work with our councils, the president needs to work with the Congress. But at the end of the day, you have to move forward."

The Mayor also discussed Pittsburgh's success and the need for creating a universal early childhood education program in the city.

Watch the full episode here.

Pittsburgh International Airport tries fracking

In the early 90s, the Pittsburgh International Airport was rebuilt with US Airways in mind. At that time, they were using Pittsburgh as a hub and Allegheny County envisioned 30 million passengers taking off and landing in the Steel City every year.

"They basically designed the airport. We built it for them. And we built it for them and entered into a long-term lease that they were going to use it as their hub," Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County executive, told NPR.

However, after Sept. 11, the commercial flight industry changed drastically and US Airways stopped using Pittsburgh as hub three years later.

Now, as many other airports across the country, the Pittsburgh International Airport is looking to generate revenue from more than just air travel. Consol Energy recently broke ground on the airport's 9,000 acres to extract gas from the Marcellus Shale that lies beneath.

Read the full story here.

'The Economist' ranks Pittsburgh among most livable cities in the world, AGAIN!

In The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2014 livability survey, Pittsburgh ranked 30th worldwide and second only to Honolulu in the US, which makes the Steel City the most livable metropolis in the continental United States.
 
“It’s great to celebrate the accolades that were made possible through the spirit of innovation here, fueled by the passion of Pittsburgh residents and decision makers,” said Craig Davis, president and CEO of VisitPITTSBURGH. “This city has come far because of the determination of collaboration and of perseverance. There’s been a conscious effort to invest in arts, culture and the environment as an economic development strategy. And, that has paid off nicely.”
 

NPR covers competition on the local health care scene

Break ups always seem to linger a little longer than one would expect and that of UPMC and Highmark is no different, never mind the regular media coverage that keeps rubbing salt in the wounds of both providers.
 
Last week NPR covered Pittsburgh’s shift from being one of the least competitive health care environments to its new identity with a healthy amount of competition. The city is no longer a two insurance brand town since Cigna, Aetna and United Healthcare have also entered the market.
 
"Competition is good," says Jeffrey Romoff, UPMC President and CEO. "It keeps us all on top of our game. It gives us incentive to not be fat and sloppy."
 
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