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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.
 

Grist.org hails Pittsburgh's new protected bike lanes

Environmental news site Grist.org has been eyeing up plans for five miles of new protected bike lanes in Pittsburgh, and likes what it sees.

The article explains how protected bike planes shield cyclists from traffic with barriers like parked cars.

“If any city has a need for safe streets, it’s the ‘Burgh,” writes blogger Liz Core. “Pittsburgh boasts the steepest road in the country (yep, higher inclines than any mole hill in San Francisco), and has more bridges than any other American city or region.

Read the full post here.

 

Bike Pittsburgh PSAs inspire national safety effort

Those billboards throughout town that show real-life Pittsburghers with their bikes has inspired a national public service campaign that was recently detailed on the Bicycling.com website.

A local initiative from Bike Pittsburgh called Drive With Care is spreading throughout the United States in the form of a national public service campaign, thanks to national advocacy group People for Bikes.

Blogger Joe Lindsey explains that a series of collisions around Pittsburgh – and the public reaction to those accidents -- triggered the original campaign.

Read the full article 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.
 

Oprah reunites local rapper with her long-lost, retro-famous father

Aspiring Pittsburgh rapper Kellee Maize was reunited with her long-lost father on a recent episode of “Oprah: Where Are They Now?”

But when she realized that she was a child of 1970s heartthrob Jimmy McNichol, her yearning for fame as a musician began to make sense. In the 1970s, McNichol and his sister Kristy McNichol, were the most sought-after siblings in Hollywood.

"I've known I've been adopted since I was a little child," Maize says. "And so when I did end up figuring out that he was my father, and deciding to pursue that, it was an incredibly emotional experience."

Watch the tearful reunion here.
 

CNN documents Pittsburgh's robot renaissance

CNN is the latest news outlet to report on the local robotics industry, with reporter Maggie Lake interviewing Mayor Bill Peduto, Seegrid Corporation President David Heilman, and University of Pittsburgh’s Chris Briem about Pittsburgh’s tech sector.
 
“Pittsburgh: A once-gritty steel town transformed into a booming tech hub and a leader in the robot revolution,” Lake says.

Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute has spun off more than 30 companies, employing over 1,000 people in the local economy, according to Lake.

Catch the robots in action here.
 

Meredith Vieira rewards bachelor cop for rescuing boys from poverty

Pittsburgh Police Detective Jack Mook appeared on The Meredith Vieira Show last week with the two foster children he recently adopted. The new dad said he wants to show adults everywhere the joy that comes from helping out children in need. 

Mook, a single man who says he never expected to become a father, met the underprivileged brothers when he worked as their coach at the Steel City Boxing Gym, which caters to street kids like Josh and Jesse.

Vieira awarded Mook with $10,000, which he said would go toward the boys’ college funds.

See the emotional segment here.
 

4Moms' Origami stroller makes cameo on NBC's Parenthood

Origami, the power-folding, self-charging wonder stroller created by Pittsburgh wunderkompany 4moms, made a recent appearance on the NBC prime-time series Parenthood.

As expectant mom Amber and her brother Drew browse a baby boutique in preparation for the family's new arrival, a sales associate demonstrates the Origami as it springs to life in the store.

“I can’t recommend the Origami stroller more highly,” the sales associate tells the characters. “It’s got a cell phone charger, LCD display, daytime running lights, pathway lights.”

See the segment that left us star-struck here.
 

Pittsburgh's riverfront lands at No. 5 in USA Today poll

Thanks to recent redevelopment surrounding the Three Rivers, Pittsburgh’s waterfront came in at No. 5 in a recent list of America’s best riverfronts from USA Today.

In bestowing the honor upon Pittsburgh, the list cites the 13-mile loop of riverfront parks and trails that traverse the Mon Wharf Landing, North Shore Riverfront Park and Point State Park.

Chosen by readers of USA Today and 10Best, the poll voted Wilmington, N.C., as the best waterfront in the country.

Dive into the full list here

 

Forbes calls Pittsburgh the best place for veterans

Just in time for Veterans Day, Forbes magazine names Pittsburgh the No. 1 city for veterans. The list is based on research conducted by USAA, a San Antonio financial services company that caters to retiring members of the military and their family.

“The Rust Belt city isn’t known for having a big military base or defense contractor,” the intro to The Best Places for Veterans 2014 says. “But it has other attributes that make it an attractive spot for vets.”

The Forbes list cites Pittsburgh’s attainable median home prices and high-quality colleges as important to veterans just starting out in the civilian world.

Also boosting the rank? Pittsburgh’s myriad employers with veteran hiring programs, including Alcoa, FedEx Ground, PNC Bank, Heinz and Wellpoint.

Find the full list of The Best Places for Veterans 2014 here.
 

The Atlantic profiles exiled writers in City of Asylum

Following its 10-year anniversary, City of Asylum on the North Side is featured in an in-depth profile in a recent issue of The Atlantic magazine.

Along with the exiled writers who have found refuge in Pittsburgh’s City of Asylum, Atlantic reporter Deborah Fallows tells the story of Henry Reese and Diane Samuels, founders of the City of Asylum on Sampsonia Way.

“The lane feels like a Midwest version of a hutong in old Beijing,” Fallows writes about the former crack house where Reese, Samuels and the writers they harbor now live. “It sits in the close-in north side section of Pittsburgh known as the Mexican War Streets (with street names from battles and generals from the Mexican American War), a kind of gentrified Bohemian row-house neighborhood with many writers, artists, eclectic personalities and interesting people.”

The article goes on to describe the evolution of Sampsonia Way’s homes, painted with text-based art and reflecting the dreams of the neighborhood.

Curl up with this yarn of a story here.
 

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.
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