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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.

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.
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