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Map: Which Pittsburgh roads will be paved in 2014?

Written by Ethan Magoc on .

Are you wondering about Pittsburgh's long-term plan to deal with potholes?

We have good news for you. Pittsburgh's Department of Public Works finished its 2014 paving recommendations list last month.

And in case you missed it, last week we ran a story by reporter Moriah Balingit about the city trying to reach 40 miles of road paved this year. 

We also ran a story by reporter Jon Schmitz about PennDOT's plan to pave 138.6 miles of road this year. The article highlights roads outside of city limits.

Bad news is that the document detailing the paving recommendations is hard to read, especially if you are among those residents of Pittsburgh who wants to see exactly what's being paved.

Here, instead, is an interactive map of the road data. Click a blue line to see how much of which street will be paved, with what and at what cost. Click a grey line to see how much of a street outside of city limits will be paved. PennDOT costs were not provided.

What's missing from this map? The when.

A call to the Department of Public Works (DPW) was not helpful. The department says it does not release to the public a schedule for when certain roads will be paved. Tim McNulty, spokesman for the mayor's office, confirmed the difficulty in DPW generating a paving season schedule.

"...there is no long term calendar for when the streets are paved," McNulty wrote in an email. "The scheduling is impacted by weather patterns, staffing, vacation, etc. They do issue short weekly lists, but even those are pretty tentative."

If you're interested in knowing when a specific street on the map will be paved, you can try to call the department at 412-255-8850.

A cleaned-up version of the paving recommendations — sans a few columns — used to make the above map is available for download here.

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ChachiPlays: Playing video games for charity

Written by Kim Lyons on .

If you've spent any time in Pittsburgh's Twittersphere, you know Anthony "Chachi" Walker. A pro wrestling aficionado, IT guru, Pittsburgh PodCamp volunteer and all-around nice guy, it is not an understatement to say Walker also is a video game expert. He's confident enough in his gaming skills that for the last four years, he's challenged Pittsburghers to step up and play against him during a 24-hour marathon, in the game of their choice, to raise funds for arts programs for kids. 

The idea for Chachi Plays for Kids came from the Child's Play organization, and from Walker's own desire to do something for kids in the Pittsburgh area.

"There are plenty of kids out there who don’t really get a childhood, either due to economic or societal situations they’re in," he said in a release announcing this year's event. "If I can give those kids an opportunity to be a kid, that’s what I’d like to do.”

The first Chachi Plays event in 2011 raised $2,700 for the Mario Lemieux Foundation, as part of its Make Room For Kids project. The following year, when they moved the venue to the ToonSeum, Chachi Plays raised $3,800 for the ToonSeum and Father Ryan Arts Center. Last year's event raised more than $4,300 for the ToonSeum.

This year, Walker is setting the bar high: He wants to raise $7,500 for the ToonSeum and Dreams of Hope. The event will begin at the ToonSeum at 7 p.m Friday, and run through 7 p.m. Saturday. Visit the ChachiPlays  site and sign up for a slot to play against Walker, or to make a donation. He's promised as a bonus to release "embarrassing" teenage photos of himself on the site when the total hits certain dollar amounts (although the picture he posted of himself in the ninth grade isn't so bad).

“It’s a great feeling at the end of the day to know that I was able to help make some kid’s day a little better,” he said.

OK Pittsburgh, you know what to do.

Check out the video of Chachi getting ready for this year's marathon:

 

 

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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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