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Retiring in Pittsburgh

Retiring in Pittsburgh

By: William G. Michaud American’s retiring citizens have been at the center of much attention in the media for the past few years. Bloomberg reported that last year in the fourth quarter of 2016, the number of Americans aged 65 or older without a disability that weren’t in work rose by 800,000. As the number increases more Americans are looking for new pastures that will suit their […]

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Pittsburgh City Steps for Climbing

Pittsburgh City Steps for Climbing

From the enthusiastic response we received from our readers in regard to our article Pittsburgh’s City Steps, we realized how much you love our City Steps. We love them too, and to foster a greater appreciation for them, Popular Pittsburgh is launching The City Steps Challenge. From April 1 to September 30???, we are encouraging readers to step out and explore the City Steps. We’d […]

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Hamza Perez- Bursting the Muslim Stereotype

Hamza Perez- Bursting the Muslim Stereotype

He sounds like Cheech Marin, raps like Jay Z, and preaches love like Gandhi. Hamza Perez is not your average Muslim. Mr. Perez, the Imam of the Light of the Age Mosque located on Pittsburgh’s North Side, also serves as the Youth Director at the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, where he runs YA-NE, Youth Alliance for Networking and Empowerment program. If the adage is true […]

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Pittsburgh’s Botanical Garden is Growing

Pittsburgh's Botanical Garden is Growing

In 2014, Popular Pittsburgh visited the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden in advance of its public debut. (See Paradise Found article) At that time, work was under way in numerous areas of the garden. Earth movers were grading hillsides, construction workers were renovating the barn, and volunteers were planting. Our tour guide outlined the vision for the garden—how it aimed to inspire people to value plants, garden […]

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St. Anthony Chapel

St. Anthony Chapel

“I once remarked while giving a tour, that we’ve had visitors from every continent except for Antarctica. Then I saw a hand shoot up in the crowd and a man said, ‘I’ve lived in Antarctica, so you’re going to have to change that,’” said Carole Brueckner, chairperson of St. Anthony Chapel. Located on Troy Hill overlooking the Allegheny River on Pittsburgh’s North Side, St. Anthony […]

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You Need a Team When Buying or Selling a Home

You Need a Team When Buying or Selling a Home

Buying or selling a home can be a complex and confusing endeavor, but there is a cast of professionals who can help you to navigate the process. Some of them are obvious–like a Realtor–while others may not be so well-known or may be someone you never even thought of consulting. Below is a rundown of the professionals you may need to have in your corner […]

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Neighborhood Notes: Punxsutawney, PA – “Punxsutawney Phil: Often Imitated, Never Duplicated”

Neighborhood Notes: Punxsutawney, PA - "Punxsutawney Phil: Often Imitated, Never Duplicated"

He has no weather radar, no weather maps, no wind speed meters, yet Punxsutawney Phil is the most famous weather prognosticator in the land. Others, like Staten Island Chuck from New York City, General Beauregard Lee from Lilburn, Georgia, and Buckeye Chuck from Marion, Ohio have tried to swipe some of Phil’s forecasting fame. Phil is an original. He is often imitated, but never duplicated. […]

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Neighborhood Notes: West Deer – “The Rural Life in West Deer Township”

Neighborhood Notes: West Deer - "The Rural Life in West Deer Township"

Drive a half-hour outside of downtown Pittsburgh and you’ll find yourself in the country. It’s one of the wonderful things about Pittsburgh, in my opinion, that we can enjoy the rural life and still be so close to the city (or vice versa for you city dwellers). If you head north on Rt. 28, then west on Rt. 910, you’ll come to West Deer Township. […]

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Neighborhood Notes: Somerset County – Windber: “A Special Memorial Day”

Neighborhood Notes: Somerset County - Windber: "A Special Memorial Day"

It was a warm, bright morning, Memorial Day of 2014.  The sky was unblemished, and the inhabitants of Windber filled the streets waiting for their annual Memorial Day parade. More people than in past parades squeezed together on sidewalks and lined the streets that surged with excitement.  The parade would be different this year. Loud cracks of the snare drum snapped through the air, successfully […]

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Neighborhood Notes: Homestead – “Spirits in the Carnegie Library of Homestead”

Neighborhood Notes: Homestead - "Spirits in the Carnegie Library of Homestead"

A dark past remains alive at the Carnegie Library of Homestead. Reports of unexplained noises and ominous figures lead many to believe the building is inhabited by restless spirits. Could the building’s connection to the 1892 Homestead Strike be the cause? The Carnegie Library of Homestead was founded in 1896 to serve a community struggling in the aftermath of a bloody battle. The Homestead Strike in 1892 pitted the steelworkers’ union against […]

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