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Kids + Creativity group hailed as Modern Day Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood

Once upon a time, two people met for coffee. From that one meeting sprang forth an entire movement based on Kids + Creativity, based in Pittsburgh. Read the quite amazing story and what this group has managed to accomplish so far.

Read the full story here.

Pittsburgh college student's poems featured

Allegheny College senior and Pittsburgher Mike Oliphant had two poems published in Carcinogenic Poetry that caught the eye of our poetry editor (ok, we wish). The poems are worth a look for their imagery and message, not to mention command of the language. To wit: 

The sun has a pulse—it has
a heartbeat so burdened
by the eventual end it brings
to the whole human race...

Read the rest of the poem along with another here.

Local author Sherrie Flick in the spotlight

Pittsburgh author Sherrie Flick offers an interesting glimpse into the writing life as she discusses books that have influenced her and how she stays creative and more in this interview in Necessary Fiction.

"I do feel I’m creating my best work when all of the components are on: walking-writing-gardening-cooking-reading. These activities encompass my creative process, not just the writing," she writes. We urge you to read the full the interview here.

The A to Z Guide to the Pirates (for the latecomer fans)

Yes, the Buccos are in first place for the first time in 20 years and Pittsburgh is loving baseball again. Feeling a little out of it? Here's what you need to know to catch Pirate fever in this A to Z blog guide.

Read the guide here.

Can runners have too many miles on the tires?

Can runners burn out if they start too young? Is there such a thing as having too many miles on the tires? The New York Times asked Dr. Vonda Wright, an orthopedic surgeon and exercise researcher at the University of Pittsburgh. There are no definitive data on this question, but there are some suggestive findings, she said.

"Dr. Wright’s study of senior Olympians — athletes age 50 and older who participated in the National Senior Olympic Games, a track and field event — found what she considers a surprisingly small rate of decline in performance until age 75: just a few percent a year in their times. After that, though, the athletes slowed down considerably."

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Rust Belt Chic: Young people moving in more than out in Cle, Pittsburgh, Detroit

We knew that more young people were moving to Pittsburgh as opposed to leaving. This welcome trend is not only affecting our city but other so-called Rust Belt cities such as Cleveland and Detroit.

"What’s more, the majority of the growth occurred in the 22-to-34-year-old demo, those coveted “knowledge economy” workers for whom every city is competing," reports salon.com.  Pittsburgh, too, has unexpectedly reversed its out-migration of young people. The number of 18-to-24-year-olds was declining there until 2000, but has since climbed by 16 percent."

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Brett Freund up for Emerging Artist of 2012 in Ceramics Daily

Selected as one of 14 finalists for the 2012 Emerging Artist award by Ceramic Arts Daily, artist Brett Freund returned to Pittsburgh a year ago following grad school and travel. He now he uses the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the Pittsburgh Glass Center to fire and finish his work.

Read about him here and then take then vote for him.

Read more about Brett here and see his work here.

E2 gets some love from LA blogger

Anyone who knows E2 loves E2. The Highland Park restaurant recently launched a Kickstarter campaign which netted $12,000 from the post we saw on Twitter and now this LA blogger writes a loving profile.

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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.

Kellee Maize video does a 360 in Market Square

Kellee Maize's latest video features a fast-rapping Kellee and a 360 degree view of Market Square. View it here!

Brain drain problem in Pittsburgh solved?

Graduating students prove what census numbers are starting to show: High-tech jobs, medical institutions, higher education and finance are motivating them to stay in Western Pennsylvania, reports the Tribune Review.

"Pittsburgh has so much to offer young people, from available jobs to high quality of life and affordability, and I'm happy to remind them that Pittsburgh has what they need and want after college," Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said. His "Pick Pittsburgh" initiative touts the region's benefits in a letter to graduating seniors at Pitt, Carnegie Mellon and Point Park universities and Community College of Allegheny County.

"Pittsburgh is very friendly for young people just starting out," said Totten, 21, a Churchill native who will graduate from Pitt with an exercise science degree. She lined up a job in West Mifflin while she works toward a master's degree online from California University of Pennsylvania. "It's inexpensive, and I had no problem finding a job."

Western Pennsylvania began suffering an "inordinate" job and population decline when the domestic steel industry began to suffer in the 1980s, said Chris Briem, chair of Pitt's Center for Social and Urban Research and an expert on census data analysis. In 1980, the number of people ages 18 to 24 living in the city was 67,445, census figures show. By 1990, the number fell to 51,692.

"Specifically, the people who were leaving were the young, 20-something, professional and educated workers who we really needed to transform and move our economy forward," Briem said.

By 2000, the number fell to 49,461, but the 2010 census numbers show the first increase in 30 years: a 16 percent boost to 57,745 people ages 18-24 living in Pittsburgh.

The rebound over the past decade came from investments and growth in the high-tech industry, engineering, the medical field, higher education and finance, said Court Gould, executive director of the nonprofit Sustainable Pittsburgh.
"It essentially took a generation, an entire career-span, to turn this around," Gould said.

Read the full story here.

The Rust Belt revival: what's happening in Pittsburgh

In a series about rust belt cities, Pittsburgh gets its turn in the spotlight with news ranging from Waffle Shop and Conflict Kitchen to Grown Pittsburgh and Hip Hop's new artists.

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"412creative" launches, a blog about the best advertising and design in Pittsburgh

Tom Schneider just launched a new site, 412creative, devoted to showcasing smart and effective design and advertising in Pittsburgh. 'The website was motivated by a nagging question, one that pops up frequently when looking through magazines, surfing the Web or watching the news: “Who did that?” As in, “who wrote that copy,” “who ux’d that website,” or “who directed that spot?”

412creative will answer those questions, plus give you the stories behind the work, introduce you to the creative teams who conceived it and make sense of how and why a piece was produced the way it was.

We’re lucky to live in an area that has amazing creative resources. Pittsburgh’s ad agencies, design firms and tech companies compete on a national and global level. It’s our goal to curate the best area work."

View the new website here.

Why are the Penguins so hard to beat even without Crosby?

After thrashing the Bruins on Sunday, this sportswriter wants to know why the Penguins are so tough even without their best player on the ice. And what will they do when he returns?

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Stewart O'Nan: our best working novelist?

"...But here’s a guy who over the past two decades has given us 13 dazzlingly dynamic novels. In an age of literary snobbery, MFA elitism and postmodern irony, all of which have helped marginalize the novel, here’s a guy who writes spectacularly without an ounce of pretension. A guy who writes about the people nobody else is writing about. An editor I know put it this way: “At a time when we are talking about class and income inequality, he’s the novelist who has best captured the shifting state of America, what it is like to live outside of cities, to wrestle with what has happened to the working and middle classes outside of shiny urban places.”I’m sitting across from Stewart O’Nan, and I’m thinking to myself: Is this guy our best working novelist?

Read the full story here.
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