The Great Allegheny Passage

The Great Allegheny Passage

When the pioneers pressed westward settling the country, some of the greatest obstacles they faced were the Allegheny Mountains.  Although not as steep and foreboding as the Rocky Mountains that settlers would later encounter as the nation grew and expanded, the older, thickly forested Allegheny Mountains of the mid-Atlantic posed problems for explorers, merchants, and homesteaders.  Centuries later, they still are formidable, but you can

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Pittsburgh on Two Wheels

Pittsburgh on Two Wheels

You may have seen Pittsburgh on foot, by car, from a boat, from the overlooks on Mt. Washington, or maybe even from a plane when you’ve flown over the city.  But have you ever seen it from a bicycle?  There’s something special about seeing the ‘Burgh from a bike.  Like walking, it brings you up close and personal with the city.  With the wind whipping

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The Pittsburgh Marathon: Competitors Have the Run of the Place

The Pittsburgh Marathon: Competitors Have the Run of the Place

The streets are closed to traffic and music fills the air.  People line the streets cheering. The city puts out the welcome mat. It’s not a dignitary or the presidential visit.  The hoopla is for the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. On May 5, 1985, Pittsburgh hosted its first marathon, and in 2011, the city hosted the 22nd running of the 26.2 mile foot race. 

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Unions For The Trades: A Symphony of Craftsmen Have Constructed a Legacy in Pittsburgh

Unions For The Trades: A Symphony of Craftsmen Have Constructed a Legacy in Pittsburgh

My buildings will be my legacy… they will speak for me long after I’m gone.  ~ Julia Morgan Pittsburgh’s iconic skyline is as distinct as a human face.  Our cityscape features an eclectic mix of historic, functional, and state-of-the-art buildings and bridges that have been erected over many decades. But who are the masters responsible for creating this skyline, what amounts to Pittsburgh’s face?  They are

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Pittsburgh: Silicon Valley East?

Pittsburgh: Silicon Valley East?

By now, the story is well known of how the Pittsburgh area economy went from riches to rags, back to riches after the collapse of the steel industry in the 1980s, and then reinvented itself as a health care and service-based economy.  The impact of UPMC, PNC, BNY Mellon and a host of other health care, financial, and service-based businesses has been studied and touted for

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A Crash Course on Pittsburgh

A Crash Course on Pittsburgh

If you have recently moved to the Pittsburgh area, you may be wondering how to adapt to living here. How do you familiarize yourself with everything the region has to offer? How do you fit in? While Pittsburgh may seem puzzling at first, never fear; we have provided a cheat sheet for acclimating yourself to your new home, and before you know it, you’ll soon

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What to Expect When You Attend School in Southwestern Pennsylvania

What to Expect When You Attend School in Southwestern Pennsylvania

Congratulations! You’ve graduated from high school and will be furthering your education in the Pittsburgh area. You’ve been bombarded with collegiate brochures. There are dozens of questions bouncing around your brain: “What will my roommate be like? How hard will the classes be? Will I gain the cursed ‘freshman 15’?” There may be another question on your mind: “What is it like to attend school in the Pittsburgh region?”

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Ten Free & Fun Things to Do in Pittsburgh

Ten Free & Fun Things to Do in Pittsburgh

The saying goes:  There is no such thing as a free lunch (unless you hit your local warehouse club and treat yourself to the samples).  While there may not be a free lunch, there are still plenty of free, fun things to do in and around Pittsburgh. The Allegheny County Parks The county parks are a treasure trove of free fun.  Throughout the warmer months, the county

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Tom Friday’s Market

Tom Friday's Market

In 1955, a butcher shop opened on East Street on Pittsburgh’s North Side. Sixty years later, that same shop can now be found nestled at the intersection of California and Termon Avenues in Brighton Heights. Tom Friday’s Market has been going strong for decades. The current owner, aptly named Tom Friday, is the third generation of butchers from his family. The store is founded on

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Pittsburgh’s Theater Scene

Pittsburgh's Theater Scene

Pittsburgh has a long and vibrant theatrical history. It is reported that as early as 1765, plays, comedies and concerts were held at Fort Pitt. We’ve come a long way since those days, but Pittsburghers still love a theatrical production, and the proliferation of theatrical venues is a testament to that. Below is a list of some of the theaters in our area offering entertainment.

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