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Men's Journal ranks E2 among best U.S. brunch spots

Weekend brunch at Highland Park eatery E2 recently ranked among Men’s Journal’s Best Brunch Spots in America. 

While the restaurant offers brunch standards such as French toast, polenta, eggs, and sausages in a range of combinations, E2’s “willingness to embrace fried dough” won special accolades from Men's Journal, as the menu opens with an array of doughnuts, zeppoli, and beignets.

Learn what other American restaurants made the list here.

Peduto appointed co-chair of National League of Cities' council

Among Mayor Bill Peduto’s copious duties, he also joins the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Institute of Youth, Education, and Families (YEF) as the newly appointed YEF co-chair. 

The mayor will serve as a national family advocate, campaigning before Congress and the Obama Administration for issues such as childhood development and education, violence prevention and economic success.

Read more about the work of NLC committees and councils here.

Uber, CMU pair up in quest for driverless cars

In the quest to make driverless cars a reality, Carnegie Mellon University has teamed up San Francisco-based ride-sharing service Uber to create a research lab in Pittsburgh, The Associated Press has reported. 

Read the full story as seen in The New York Times here.

 

Councilman Gilman tapped for National League of Cities committee

Pittsburgh City Councilman Dan Gilman has been appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2015 Community and Economic Development Steering Committee. The committee is responsible for the development of NLC federal policy on issues involving housing, community and economic development, land use, recreation and parks, historic preservation and international competitiveness. 

As a member of the committee, Gilman promises to play a key role in shaping NLC’s policy and advocate on behalf of cities like Pittsburgh. “This is an incredible opportunity to continue bringing Pittsburgh to the national stage,” Gilman said.

Read more about NLC’s other committees and councils here

 

VisitPITTSBURGH gets kudos from national sporting events planners

SportsEvents Media Group, a national publication for the sporting event planning industry recently honored VisitPITTSBURGH with its 2015 Readers' Choice Award.

Craig Davis, president and CEO of VisitPITTSBURGH, recognized the growth of sports tourism in Pittsburgh, citing recent events including last summer's P&G Gymnastics Championships, the NHL's Winter Classic and the U.S. Open, set to return in 2016. 

See the complete list of award winners.

Dwell magazine features affordable Lawrenceville family home

Shelter magazine Dwell featured the Lawrenceville home of architect Andrew Moss and his wife, electrical engineer Michelle Yanefski, showcasing the salvaged materials, ingenuity and DIY ethic that built the home for $135 per square foot. 

In the article, writer Kelly Vencill Sanchez describes how the couple simplified and strategized to complete the three-bedroom house for a little over $310,000. 

Read the story here.

 

Highbrow Magazine calls Pittsburgh 'a foodie playground'

Pittsburgh's restaurant scene is attracting ambitious young chefs intent on creating the next big food town, according to a recent article in Highbrow Magazine. 

In "How Pittsburgh Became a Dining Destination," Pittsburgh native Beth Kaiserman details the evolution of Pittsburgh cuisine from smothered under French fries to full-blown foodie playground, thanks to an annual Restaurant Week and inventive hot spots in the Cultural District and beyond.

Read the full article here.
 

The gold standard of Rust Belt revitalization

Canadian journalist Adam Radwanski traveled to revitalized Rust Belt cities in the United States, and found Pittsburgh to be the gold standard of urban renewal in America's industrial heartland.

In The Globe and Mail, Radwanski writes of Pittsburgh: "Scarcely anybody there denies that its economic reinvention in advanced manufacturing, life-sciences and information technology – which have seen a host of start-up successes – has something to do with becoming a place young professionals want to be."

Read the full article here

Local architects win national AIA award for Haiti design project

Pittsburgh architecture firm Rothschild Doyno Collaborative recently received the 2015 AIA National Architecture Honor Award for designing the Center of Hope project in Haiti with World Vision.

The American Institute of Architects hasn’t bestowed a national AIA honor award for architecture to a Pittsburgh office since 1999.

“It is a rare honor for our local art and design community,” says Mike Gwin, a principal at Rothschild Doyno Collaborative.

Read the full list of AIA’s award recipients here.
 

'The coolest American city you haven't been to'

The Huffington Post is whetting the appetite of Pittsburgh-bound tourists lately, calling it “the coolest American city you haven’t been to.”

Journalist Andrea Poe examines Pittsburgh in all of its quirky glory, from Randyland and the Duquesne Incline to The Mattress Factory and the Bayernhof Museum.

“Downtown Pittsburgh is infused with an authentic, indie-spirited vibrancy you don't see much in cities anymore,” Poe writes.

Read the full post here.
 
 

Katie Couric interviews Police Chief McLay

Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay was recently interviewed by Katie Couric for Yahoo Global News about the fallout for his recent controversial #EndWhiteSilence photograph that went viral.

In the Yahoo interview, McLay states that in hindsight he would still choose to hold the sign for the photo.

When asked about the sign he was photographed holding and the ensuing fallout, he responded, “I consider it a blessing and an opportunity … the issues of race and policing and the relationship between police and our communities of color is an issue on the national forefront.”

Watch the interview here.
 

Pittsburgh ranks No. 2 for city pride in real estate blog

When it comes to city pride, Pittsburgh residents rank No. 2 nationally, according to real estate blog Movoto.

The blog recently published a list of the top 10 U.S. cities with a healthy dose of self-regard, and Pittsburgh finished at a strong second, right after Tulsa, Okla.

“Pittsburgh is home to a lot of firsts: first polio vaccine, first Ferris wheel, first commercial radio station, first public television station, first Ice Capades show, and first Big Mac,” writes Movoto content creator Andy Eddy.

Find the full list here.
 

Pittsburgh ranked No. 1 for Sports Facilities & Outdoor Recreation in U.S.

 Wallethub.com recently released their rankings of 2014’s best and worst cities for an active lifestyle. The rankings were based on two basic criteria: Sports Facilities & Outdoor Recreation and Budget & Participation.

While Pittsburgh came in No. 1 for Sports Facilities & Outdoor Recreation, we’re lagging behind on Budget & Participation, with a ranking of No. 26 in that category. But Pittsburgh also made it into the top five of secondary criteria, including highest number of swimming pools per capita and lowest average cost of playing golf.

Read the full list of cities that made the cut here.
 

Penn Ave. bike lane among top 10 nationally

National bicycling group PeopleForBikes named America’s top 10 new bike lanes of the year and included Pittsburgh’s Penn Avenue bike lane in the mix.

Green Lane Project staff writer Michael Anderson details protected bike lanes in cities including San Francisco, Portland, and Memphis before describing the rapid execution of Pittsburgh’s on-street biking network.

“Pittsburgh has always been a city of action, and that’s its style with bike lanes too,” writes Anderson.

To read the full story, click here.
 

Thriving startup scene detailed in The Atlantic

If you're the mastermind behind a brilliant tech startup, Silicon Valley's not the only place to set up shop. Pittsburgh offers a viable alternative and a model for tech magnetism, offers The Atlantic magazine.

In his article "How to Create a Tech Startup if You're Not in Silicon Valley," The Atlantic's John Tierney explains that Pittsburgh's startups share oxygen with internationally known tech companies like Google and Disney Research that have a sizable presence here.

"Pittsburgh has one of the liveliest tech ecosystems in the country," Tierney writes. "It's a tech mecca, along with places like Silicon Valley, Boston/Cambridge, Seattle, and Austin."

Read the full how-to here.
 
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