Pittsblogh readers seemed to enjoy the first two editions of Yinzerpedia, so we’re bringing it back, albeit on a monthly basis.
And yes, we affectionately call this feature “Yinzerpedia,” because it takes the principle of the crowdsourcing site Wikipedia, but the "crowd" for our purposes is all of yinz.
On tap this week: tunnel repairs, littering and leaving Pittsburgh.
Question: When will the Squirrel Hill tunnel be done and what is their work schedule? (March 25)
This originally came to the Post-Gazette from Brian Horgan on Twitter, and we redirected to Jon Schmitz, our resident traffic expert and reporter.
@bridude Overnight lane closures continuing; 2 more full weekend closures planned, 1 each direction, no dates set yet. All finished in July.— Jon Schmitz (@pgtraffic) March 26, 2014
In other words, hang in there, tunnel commuters.
Question: What is the deal with all this litter in Pittsburgh? (April 1)
You need not rappel down the side of Mount Washington to help beautify the city, as Nick Romaniello of the Allegheny Mountain Rescue Group did at the end of March. (Robin Rombach/Post-Gazette)
A visiting Floridian and former Pittsburgh resident first raised the topic in a letter to the editor. He was shocked at the amount of litter in and around the city this time of year.
Many commenters in the thread pointed out that winter tends to shield some of the litter, and once the snow melts, everything from dog waste to beer cans seem pervasive.
Pittsburgh has a complicated history with trash clean-up efforts, as Mila Sanina wrote earlier this year on “The Digs.”
We don’t recommend this approach from selltheburgh: “I've made it a habit of telling people that they dropped something when they litter. Once I tossed a woman's mcdonald's cup back into her window when I saw her drop it out. She went ballistic.”
But you can help solve the region’s trash issues in a more constructive way on April 12.
Question: How would you spend your last day in Pittsburgh? (April 8)
It’s an interesting thought experiment (not new to Reddit), and many former Pittsburghers had to live it during the 20th century steel industry exodus. The responses highlight residents’ favorite things to do here.
Here’s a list:
- Boating around the rivers and Point State Park
- Rain-free Three Rivers Arts Festival
- Visit friends
- National Aviary
- Pierogies at Church Brew Works
- Penguins game
- Pirates game with walkoff home run and fireworks
- Primanti’s and Yuengling
- Drive through the Fort Pitt Tunnel at night
- Walk the Allegheny River trail east from the stadiums
- Ultimate frisbee in Highmark Stadium
- Eating at the Strip District
And, bringing this edition of Yinzerpedia full circle:
- “...leaving Pittsburgh with like 4 dollars to myname... that way i can run out of gas on my way to the turnpike in the Squirrel Hill tunnels so that one day i can be the CAUSE of all the traffic on the parkway East, not just wondering why its there for no reason in the first place”
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Honoring the April Fools' Day tradition, the internet world is having fun today: Google launched Google Naps, Domino's unveiled edible pizza box and Bill Peduto issued a special April Fools' Day edition of his schedule that includes Breakfast with Luke Ravenstahl, a daily swim in the Mon and a press conference on the Puffy Vest Initiative.
The lure of playoff baseball, the magic of Buctober - brought even me & Mayor Luke together tonight pic.twitter.com/TpfJCUCxnB— bill peduto (@billpeduto) October 2, 2013
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(Courtesy of PixController)
The well-known bald eagles in Hays first made their nest in the current spot in the fall of 2013, and that inspired the collaboration between the Pennsylvania Game Commission and PixController.
The partnership resulted in a devoted online following and interest in the eagles' nest building and egg laying/sitting activities — all made possible by a 24-hour a day camera.
Now, you can see what the camera looks like (above), how it first went up and why it's able to operate around the clock (solar panels) thanks to a short montage PixController uploaded on Wednesday.
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Welcome to the second edition of Yinzerpedia, a new rubric where we present a roundup of issues Pittsburghers care about each week.
So, let's take a look. What was Pittsburgh curious about this week?
The insightful answers — those that aren’t complete snark — serve as a helpful guide to 21st-century Pittsburgh, and we feature some of each week’s more helpful and interesting exchanges here. Please do join the ongoing discussion in our comments below.
And yes, we affectionately call this feature “Yinzerpedia,” since it takes the principle of the crowdsourcing site Wikipedia, but the "crowd" for our purposes is all of yinz.
Question: Why should I move to Pittsburgh? (March 14)
(Darrell Sapp/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
First, since the questioner lives in Buffalo, Pittsburgh has the advantage of being outside the heart of the snow belt.
But beyond the additional 50 inches of snow, Buffalo is less enticing for a number of reasons, many of which were listed in that Reddit thread.
In August, we addressed the issue of Pittsburgh's reluctant Rust Belt city awesomeness, and it's worth revisiting.
Oh, did we mention this skyline?
Question: Where do I get fresh coffee beans in Pittsburgh? (March 16)
Plenty of Redditor answers, and here they all are on a map.
What's your favorite place to get fresh coffee beans?
Question: Why is it called Eat’n Park? (March 17)
(Pam Panchak/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
After the news this week of a "new" Eat'n Park on Banksville Road, the question, "Why is it called Eat’n Park?" came up in the Post-Gazette's morning editorial meeting.
It's apparently not a new question.
As Mike Mackin of Heinz History Center wrote for the PG in 2010, Isaly's restaurant executive Larry Hatch created the franchise in 1949, taking advantage of the post-war automobile boom. "Mr. Hatch knew the Pittsburgh area needed a restaurant to capture the spirit of the times," Mackin wrote, "and took the innovative approach of reversing the then-popular restaurant phrase 'Park & Eat' — the catchy Eat'n Park name worked."
It might have worked, and the chain is now one of the region's most popular, but its name is still in the befuddling category of "parking on the driveway, driving on the parkway."
Question: What is Mount Washington REALLY like? (March 17)
(Michael Henninger/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
The thread is worth your a read and is elucidating: about the neighborhood, which areas are better than others and more. The responses are also a reminder that a neighborhood is always more complex than its view of the city, no matter how magnificent.
Really, there are 2 Mt. Washingtons. Mount Washington on Grandview is a tourist area with fancy restaurants along a grand promenade lined with expensive condominiums. The rest of Mt. Washington, once you are a hundred yards from the edge of the hill is a rather ordinary working class "yinzer" neighborhood, some parts a bit more gritty than others. It's certainly accessible enough to town, or down the back way to the Parkway and the airport.
Question: Will you eventually be able to get a CLP library card without going in person? (March 19)
Carrick branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. (Robin Rombach/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Any Reddit Ask Me Anything that features the word "Boopsie" as part of an answer is OK by us.
And the rest of the Q&A is excellent, too, especially if you're interested in the future of your local library.
So, "Will you eventually be able to get a CLP library card without going in person?"
For now, it seems like the answer is a "no."
"Our big issue is address verification," writes Toby Greenwalt, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's new Director of Digital Strategy and Technology Integration. "Due to our bylaws, we have to confirm that the user is actually a resident of the area to give them a free card. Commercial services have it easy, in that there's an easy way to verify through a credit card number. It's a tougher nut to crack when you're not actually selling a product."
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Pittsburghers are a curious bunch.
The insightful answers — those that aren’t complete snark — act as a helpful guide to 21st-century Pittsburgh, and we want to feature some of each week’s more helpful and interesting exchanges. Please do join the ongoing discussion in our comments below.
And yes, we’re affectionately calling this feature “Yinzerpedia,” because it takes the principle of crowdsourcing site Wikipedia, but the "crowd" for our purposes is all of yinz.
Question: Does Carnegie flood easily? (March 12)
A relative suggested the questioner avoid living in Carnegie due to flooding dangers. But as the commenters point out, Carnegie is no more prone to flooding than any other city neighborhood when more than an inch of rain falls in a few hours.
In our archive, we found little evidence of Carnegie’s flood risk being higher than other areas. It was hit hard in September 2004, but then again so was most of the region.
Question: What do you think of Tom Wolf for governor? (March 10)
Gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf speaks during an endorsement announcement in the courtyard of the County Courthouse. (Pam Panchak/Post-Gazette)
The Democrat is leading early polls among challengers to Tom Corbett, and he’s apparently getting attention of some voters.
Adding considerable funds from his own bank account is likely helping on that front, as Post-Gazette politics editor James O’Toole wrote earlier this year:
He sought to give his campaign an instant jolt of credibility with the news that he would spend $10 million of his own money on the effort. That's real money in a primary in which some better known rivals have discussed primary budgets in the ballpark of $5 million.
Question: Are there swimming holes near Pittsburgh? (March 10)
Rock Furnace Trail near Ford City. (Flickr/eLeSeA)
After this grueling winter, the thought of it being warm enough in the Pittsburgh region to enjoy a swimming hole is inspiring. And that is perhaps why the topic came up on Reddit this week.
A few contributed helpful suggestions, and one person linked to http://www.swimmingholes.org, which appears to be a great resource.
We plotted suggestions from the thread and that site on the map below. Hang onto it for a summer day when the weather is nice.
Question: Is it recycling week in Pittsburgh? (March 8)
Question: When did Pittsburgh get an “H”? (March 10)
The answer is a little gray.
Pittsburgh was spelled Pittsburgh when incorporated in 1794. But as Rich Gigler wrote on the 1991 centennial of the name change, “Pittsburgh got the ‘h’ officially kicked out of it 100 years ago today.”
From 1891, when a federal report ordered all burghs to become burgs, until 1911, we were Pittsburg. The question arose on our Facebook page because the 1918 story about Daylight Saving Time still ran in a paper called The Pittsburg Press.
This might come as a surprise, but newspapers can be stubborn.
Question: Is the Sportsworks section of the Science Center open to adults? (March 11)
(Darrell Sapp/Post-Gazette photo)
Indeed it is.
“Aside from rock climbing there's a ton of stuff there that would be a bad idea to pair with drunk people: running, hockey sticks, baseballs…”
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- "We just want to have a good life in Ukraine... for us and not for Russia or the European Union."
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