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GOVERNING magazine investigates Pittsburgh’s turnaround

A national magazine covering politics, policy and management for state and local government leaders recently detailed the progress and promise of Pittsburgh under the helm of Mayor Bill Peduto.

According to GOVERNING magazine, Peduto’s administration represents a national movement of big-city mayors promising to address income disparities, environmental sustainability and early childhood education.

The article traces the ups and downs of Pittsburgh’s past and present, and concludes that Pittsburgh is benefiting from thoughtful investment in the beginning of Peduto’s tenure.

“Pittsburgh has as much foundation money per capita as any city that isn’t home to Bill Gates,” writes reporter Alan Greenblatt. “They city and its private and nonprofit partners cleaned up the riverfronts, built new parks and helped attract big companies like American Eagle Outfitters back into the city.”

Read the full story here.

Buzzfeed names Pittsburgh No. 9 most incredible, most underrated

In its top 10 list of America’s most incredible and underrated cities, Buzzfeed ranked Pittsburgh No. 9, just ahead of Ft. Worth, Texas, but behind Baltimore, Portland and Milwaukee.

High-quality and high-quantity bars, sports, and hangouts lend Pittsburgh this special place of honor on the Buzzfeed list. The website also notes that Pittsburgh’s beer prices are 12.2% lower than the rest of the United States.

“This city’s also got a quirkier side, with the many used bookstores of the South Side and the Andy Warhol Museum located on the North Shore,” offers the article.

Get a load of the full list here.

Entrepreneurs resurrect former churches throughout Pittsburgh

The New York Times’ Travel section recently highlighted the myriad churches throughout Pittsburgh that have been turned into clubs, apartments, cafes, theaters and restaurants.

“A look at Pittsburgh’s many reused churches, in fact, remains a unique way of exploring the city,” reporter Dan Eldridge writes.
Among the hotspots cited: The Priory Hotel in the North Side, the Church Recording Studio in the South Hills, the Braddock Community Café, and Mr. Smalls concert venue in Millvale.

Read the full travel story here.

American Theatre Magazine applauds Quantum Theatre

The productions of spiky English and American plays, avant-garde European dramas and operas in translation at the Quantum Theatre recently caught the eye of American Theatre Magazine.

In its blog feature Know a Theatre, the national magazine interviews Quantum Theatre Artistic Director Karla Boos about Quantum’s international outlook, adventurous audience, and upcoming productions. The blog post also ties Quantum Theatre’s sensibilities to legendary Pittsburgh natives including Andy Warhol, Martha Graham and Rachel Carson.

“That independent, even oppositional spirit would seem to inform the ethic and aesthetic of the outward-looking, persistently site-specific Quantum Theater,” the editors write in their introduction to the Q&A with Boos.

Read the full interview here.

BBC Popup covering Pittsburgh in November

The British Broadcasting Corporation’s mobile bureau is coming to Pittsburgh in November to report on the stories that make our city pop.

The journalists from across the pond want to hear what stories matter most to us, so they’re inviting students and residents to a community meetup at 7 p.m. on Nov. 3 at Carnegie Mellon’s Newell-Simon Hall 3305.

The BBC Popup will travel to different locations throughout November to create video reports based on the issues that matter most to Pittsburghers. The video stories will be broadcast on BBC World News television and online at BBC.com/popup.

Learn more about the BBC Popup project here.

'City of 21st Century Learners' has lessons to share

Pittsburgh is a model for education innovation and has a lot to teach other cities about building, maintaining and measuring an Education Innovation Cluster, according to the education technology website EdSurge.

In a post titled "Lessons from Pittsburgh: Rallying the Local Troops Around Innovation in Education," blogger Tony Zanders cites Pittsburgh’s collaborative culture, history of education innovation, stellar local universities, and nonprofit efforts as setting an example for other cities to follow.

“It was so refreshing to see a city working in concert … as demonstrated by the over 60 organizations contributing to the city’s learning community,” Zanders writes.

Read the full blog post here.

College graduates choose Pittsburgh to start careers

The New York Times reports that Pittsburgh is among several U.S. cities adept at attracting young talent, especially among college-educated people aged 25 to 34.

The article is based on a report published Monday from the new think tank City Observatory.

As Claire Cain Miller of The New York Times explains, “… cities that have had significant increases in a young and educated population and that now have more than their fair share include San Diego, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Nashville, Salt Lake City and Portland, Ore.”

Read the full story from The New York Times here.

Local singer and songwriter advances on NBC's The Voice

Chris Jamison, a 20-year-old Ross Township native, is advancing through the rounds of competition on the NBC TV show The Voice.

Jamison chose Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine as his show coach.

“Though his background is in musical theatre, Chris is currently the lead singer of a rock band,” according to his bio on The Voice website. “He’s hoping The Voice can launch him from college gigs to national stardom.”

Meet Jamison via a video from The Voice here.

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.

Travel + Leisure magazine lauds city's passionate sports fans

Pittsburgh landed first in Travel + Leisure magazine’s new list of cities with the most passionate sports fans.

The ranking appeared in America’s Favorite Cities 2014, an annual feature for the magazine to award cities based on dozens of categories including people, quality of life, culture and shopping. Pittsburgh came in #4 for this year’s most affordable city.

Travel + Leisure editors chose the 38 U.S. cities to survey based on reader feedback and tourism statistics.

To see the winners in all categories, click here.

Local fisherman wins Today Show prize

Dale Ortmann, who lives near the Allegheny River in Manorville, Armstrong County, recently received $50,000 for his efforts to make fishing a viable pastime for interested kids.

NBC’s Today Show honored Ortmann with its Small Changes, Big Impact prize in recognition of his charitable work. Ortmann repairs discarded fishing rods to make them usable again, then distributes them to local kids and teaches them about fishing and water safety.

Ortmann’s wife, Shannon, nominated him for the Small Changes, Big Impact prize.

Watch the Today Show segment here.

A Luxury Travel Blog shares Pittsburgh's top five treasures

Looking for the lap of luxury in Pittsburgh? The finest elegance in the City of Steel can be found in five exquisite places, according to A Luxury Travel Blog.

Among the treasures: the Grand Concourse Restaurant, The Frick Art & Historical Center, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, the Fairmont Pittsburgh hotel, and Wigle Whiskey.

“A beautiful city of contrasts full of grand historic sites mixed with modern dynamic sites firmly rooted in the future,” writes blogger Jennifer Berg.

Travelers with a taste for the finer things in life would do well to explore Pittsburgh’s luxurious offerings, Berg says.

Read the full blog post here.

CMU professor receives national medal

Mary Shaw, the Alan J. Perliss University professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, was recently honored by President Obama. Shaw was one of eight recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the nation’s highest honor for achievement in the field of technology, innovation and invention.

“These scholars and innovators have expanded our understanding of the world, made invaluable contributions to their fields, and helped improve countless lives,” President Obama said. “Our nation has been enriched by their achievements and by all the scientists and technologists across America dedicated to discovery, inquiry, and invention.”

Read more about Shaw’s honor here.

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.
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