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Unusual frames of Pittsburgh in color

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Here is the latest entry in the  'Oh, Pittsburgh, you are so awesome' series: A video from Brandon Roudebush.

In this video, according to the description, Brandon sought "to create a bright and vibrant depiction of the area and focus on a few of the culturally significant locations of the city, including the Strip District, Point State Park, Station Square, Mount Washington and of course, the streets of downtown Pittsburgh. The film also features Heinz Field, Primanti Brothers, Market Square, the Steel Building, PPG Place, Duquesne University and the Monongahela Incline.”

Did Brandon do our fair city justice? Judge for yourselves! 

h/t Movoto

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'When you're walking, you realize there's so much in Pittsburgh'

Written by Ethan Magoc on .

Two Point Park University freshmen woke up on Friday before dawn to properly capture Pittsburgh in its morning glory with a camera and smartphones in hand. Now that winter has finally loosened its grip, the day was promising to reveal Pittsburgh wide awake: sunny day, slightly chilly air. Good morning, Pittsburgh!

Victoria Mikula and Jake Owens, both 19, are photojournalism majors who often work on projects together. Mr. Owens has a final project due soon, and professor Chris Rolinson suggested he emulate New York Times photographer Todd Heisler’s “Once Around an Island.

Knowing Pittsburgh and its perimeter neighborhoods have plenty to offer visually, they set off on foot from Point State Park at 6:30 a.m.

From there, they went across the Smithfield Bridge and through the South Side.

 

“We realized we were starving, so we stopped at Nadine’s Diner and got breakfast,” Ms. Mikula said.

 

From there, it was across the Hot Metal Bridge to the most brutal hill they encountered that day: Bates Street up to Oakland.

 

Mr. Owens captured the day for his project with an actual camera, while Ms. Mikula shared the journey live through an Instagram hashtag.

 

Neither grew up here — she’s from Hershey, he from Red Lion — so the journey became a way to explore some of Pittsburgh's corners they hadn’t gotten to know yet: from Bates to Schenley Park to Flagstaff Hill, Carnegie Mellon’s campus and then Shadyside.

 

By the time they reached Allegheny Cemetery, they were exhausted.

 

Still, Ms. Mikula said, “I’ve never been to a cemetery that looks so beautiful. I know that sounds weird, but it’s breathtaking.”

 

Since Lyft and Uber now operate in Pittsburgh, the classmates opted against riding the bus back and instead called a ride-share service.

 

“When you drive through, you’re going too fast,” she said. “You don’t really get to stop and observe anything, but when you’re walking, you realize there’s so much in Pittsburgh.”

 

They plan to finish the walking and photographing with a return to the cemetery this week. From there, they’ll head toward the North Side.

 

A dog on Friday outside Starbucks on East Carson Street. “He was just hanging out at 7 a.m. and didn’t have a care in the world,” Ms. Mikula said.

 

A house in Shadyside with plenty of bird houses.

 

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Warm-up moves from Mayor Peduto & Rich Fitzgerald

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Yinzerpedia: Squirrel Hill tunnel work, Pittsburgh litter, leaving Pittsburgh

Written by Ethan Magoc on .

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)

Squirrel-Hill-Tunnels Darrell Sapp Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

(Darrell Sapp/Post-Gazette)

This originally came to the Post-Gazette from Brian Horgan on Twitter, and we redirected to Jon Schmitz, our resident traffic expert and reporter.

In other words, hang in there, tunnel commuters.

 

Question: What is the deal with all this litter in Pittsburgh? (April 1)

 

Trash on Mount Washington Robin Rombach Pittsburgh Post Gazette

 

 

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)

Pittsburgh Point State Park at night photo by Rebecca Droke Pittsburgh Post Gazette

(Rebecca Droke/Post-Gazette)

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:

  • Kennywood
  • 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
  • Packing

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”

Previous Yinzerpedias:

Yinzerpedia: Park'n Eat, Mount Washington and virtual library cards (March 21)
Swimming holes, recycling schedule and Pittsburgh (March 14)

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Brushfire snarls Parkway West commuter traffic more than normal

Written by Ethan Magoc on .

 

 
Correction appended: A previous version of this story, as well as tweets included above, described the fire as being on the Parkway East. It is, in fact, the Parkway West.

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Peduto sends out April Fools' Day schedule

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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. 

His full schedule is below. And if you are wondering what he is actually doing today, check out a special app, "Where is Bill Peduto?" built by our own Andrew McGill.

MAYOR WILLIAM PEDUTO'S SCHEDULE,APRIL 1, 2014
 
Sent 04/01/2014 @ 8:58 am
Breakfast with Luke Ravenstahl
Time: 6 a.m.
 
...cause they are friends, right? ;)
 
Press conference on Puffy Vest Initiative
Time: 7 a.m.
 
This is probably what he'll wear 
 
billyvest
 
City neighborhood tour driving street sweeper
Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.  
 
billyvest
 
Daily swim in the Mon
Time: 3 p.m. 
 
Fishing with County Executive Fitzgerald at the Point
Time: 4 p.m.
 
Fundraiser for Jack Wagner for Governor 2022 
Time: 5 p.m. 

 

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Watch the Hays bald eagle cam installation

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Hays eagle cam Pix Controller

(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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