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Neighborhood Notes: Ross Township – “St. Benedict Academy”

Neighborhood Notes: 						Ross Township - "St. Benedict Academy"

The motto of St. Benedict is ora et labora, Latin for “pray and work.” Benedict, the patron saint of Europe, was a monk who lived 1500 years ago. Born in Nursia, he was educated in nearby Rome, but soon became repulsed by the decadence he found there. Desiring to serve God, he retreated to the mountains at Subiaco, where he lived as a hermit. Several […]

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The Strip District: A Place Like No Other

The Strip District: A Place Like No Other

Combine the hustle and bustle of a Turkish bazaar, the nightlife of Las Vegas, some of the finest ethnic cuisine, the fun of a street carnival, and the atmosphere of days gone by.  Add to this a thriving commercial center, and what do you get?  Pittsburgh’s Strip District–a place like no other. Since its founding, Pittsburgh’s Strip District has been a distinctive and vital part […]

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Ten Great Scenic Views of Pittsburgh

Ten Great Scenic Views of Pittsburgh

Our Ten Favorite Places Here are ten favorite places to photograph, record or paint Pittsburgh – in other words, the following are places that provide a great city view. True or False If you wanted to take a photo of THE most beautiful, greenest and friendliest city in the USA, you should have a camera in Pittsburgh.   Answer – True  A big part of […]

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The Walking, Magical Mystery Scavenger Tour of the North Shore

The Walking, Magical Mystery Scavenger Tour of the 						North Shore

Talk about makeovers! Pittsburgh’s North Shore, the banks of the Allegheny and Ohio Rivers across the water from downtown Pittsburgh, is one of several areas in Pittsburgh that has undergone revitalization in recent years. In addition to cultural, historical, sporting, and recreational attractions, this area boasts some of the most beautiful views of the city-and that says a lot, as this town is packed with […]

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The Walking, Magical Mystery Scavenger Tour of Oakland

The Walking, Magical Mystery Scavenger Tour of 						Oakland

Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood is the education center of the city, and each year thousands of students move into this area to attend one of the universities located there. Being a newcomer, or even a resident who hasn’t ventured to this area of the city recently, can be a bit overwhelming and disorienting. At Popular Pittsburgh we know how that is. A few years ago, my […]

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Pittsburgh’s Monongahela Incline: The City’s Workhorse

Pittsburgh's Monongahela Incline: The City's 						Workhorse

You may remember the Patty Duke Show, which debuted on television in the 1960s and still attracts new viewers decades later in syndication. The program detailed the antics of identical cousins, Patty and Cathy Lane, and how, though they may have looked alike, their personalities, styles, and tastes were different. If Pittsburgh had a Patty and Cathy Lane, they’d be the Monongahela and Duquesne Inclines. […]

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Information on Pittsburgh’s “Dams, Locks, and Inclines”

Information on Pittsburgh's 						"Dams, Locks, and Inclines"

There is a lot about Pittsburgh, PA, that no one would guess is true.  Who could imagine that a city in southwestern Pennsylvania would be such a key to the waterways of the nation?  Or that Pittsburgh is home to the oldest cable car operation, even predating San Francisco’s famous cable cars?  Yet both of these pieces of Pittsburgh ‘trivia’ are true! Pittsburgh holds the […]

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The Wooden Nickel

The Wooden Nickel

Before making a visit to The Wooden Nickel in Monroeville, I looked at their menu online and I observed their prices.  While the entrees looked to be top shelf, the cost was somewhat more than this frugal diner is accustomed to spending.  “Is it a value?” I asked myself, as I often do.  In order to find out, it’s off to The Wooden Nickel. Located […]

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Pittsburgh’s Soup Nancys: “Serving Up Soup for You”

Pittsburgh’s Soup Nancys: 						"Serving Up Soup for You"

Soup may be the lingua franca, or common language, of the culinary world, as it seems that every culture likes soup. Pittsburgh is fortunate to have two remarkable cooks, Linzee Mihalcin and Sara Raszewski, who speak soup language better than anyone else. The women are the owners of Soup Nancys, and their business has been “piping hot” since they arrived on the scene at the […]

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Pittsburgh’s Wine Country

Pittsburgh’s Wine Country

For decades, Pittsburgh has been known as a “shot-and-a-beer” town, but that reputation may be changing as more people are turning to wine as their alcoholic beverage of choice, and more wineries are opening in the area to accommodate the changing palates. Wine consumption is increasing all over the nation. According to the Wine Institute, consumption was up 5.4 percent in 2010 over 2009, with […]

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