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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.

Conde Nast Traveler points tourists to Pittsburgh

Conde Nast Traveler has added Pittsburgh to its list of top 15 must-see spots for 2015. 

In its annual tour guide, "Top 15 Places to Go in 2015," Conde Nast Traveler includes Pittsburgh with global destinations in Costa Rica, Colombia, Mexico and Rwanda, to name a few. 

"The furnaces are long gone, but this city's on fire," writes Brent Burket, sharing his love of Pittsburgh's art and restaurant scenes.

See the full list of 2015 hot spots here.


Forbes names Pittsburgh second smartest city in U.S.

Pittsburgh earned salutatorian placement on Forbes magazine’s list of the smartest cities in the United States.

Coming in second after the Boston-Cambridge-Newton area, Pittsburgh logged the largest percentage point increase since 2000 in the proportion of its population that is college-educated. The Steel City climbed 8.8 points to 32.2 percent, on the strength of 37.3% growth in raw numbers.

Educate yourself on the full list here.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is key to city's recent renaissance, says The Atlantic

In the latest installment of its American Futures series, The Atlantic magazine digs into Pittsburgh’s recent past, particularly the role of an organization created three decades ago – the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

In the article “How the arts drove Pittsburgh’s revitalization,” reporter John Tierney explains that Pittsburgh’s turnaround efforts are widely regarded for its sensible, clearheaded approach based on preservation.

Tierney writes:

“In looking at Pittsburgh’s impressive revival, it’s important to take note of the key role played over the last 30 years by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, an organization that has managed one of the city’s most vivid transformations, turning a large part of downtown that had been overtaken by porn shops, strip clubs, massage parlors and sleazy bars into a lively, safe and attractive district for cultural arts and entertainment.”

Read the full article here.

Huffington Post praises restoration of Mellon Square

The restoration of Mellon Square recently landed at the top of Huffington Post’s national list of notable landscape architecture developments of 2014.

The Cultural Landscape Foundation President Charles Birnbaum writes “modernism got a big boost” due to the efforts of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and the City of Pittsburgh to bring the iconic Downtown park back to its original splendor.

The first park built over a parking garage, Mellon Park was conceived as an oasis, a gathering space amid dense corporate buildings, Birnbaum explains.

Read the full article here.

Duquesne makes President's Community Service Honor Roll

Duquesne University recently received the nation’s highest federal recognition for universities that strengthen communities in two areas: General Community Service and Education. Thanks to the 280,000 hours of community service amassed by Duquesne Students during the 2012-13 school year, the college made The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
Duquesne was the only Pittsburgh institution honored for General Community Service with Distinction, the second-highest recognition presented by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service. This marks the fifth consecutive year that Duquesne has achieved the prestigious ranking for efforts to improve the lives of community residents, particularly low-income individuals.
Read more about the President’s Higher Education Honor Roll here.


BBC Popup team divulges stories from the Steel City

During a month-long stay on Pittsburgh’s shores in November, the BBC Popup team asked residents what it means to hail from the Three Rivers.

In the video “Life in Pittsburgh: Secrets from the Steel City,” a colorful parking attendant in the Strip District explains the essence of the city over a montage of Primanti’s sandwiches and Penn Avenue street vendors.

“It’s the people,” he says. “The people make Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh welcomes people from all over the world.”

Watch the complete video here.

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.
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