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We have much to offer its residents and visitors.  Our cityscape rises majestically from the point of three rivers, impressive with its glittering towers and webbing of bridges.  The downtown area is filled with restaurants, shops, hotels, and public parks.  The old feel of an industrial city has almost vanished.  Today Pittsburgh is not only a busy corporate center and leader in high-tech industries, but

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A Trio of Museums Attracts Throngs

A Trio of Museums Attracts Throngs

When you think of museums in Pittsburgh, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, The Heinz History Center, and The Carnegie Science Center are the first ones that spring to mind. However a trio of lesser-known museums is rapidly becoming popular in their own right. The Mattress Factory, the Andy Warhol Museum, and The Toonseum are distinct and delightful in their exhibits and in their facilities.

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Haunted Pittsburgh: The Ghoul’s Guide to Haunting and Frightening

Haunted Pittsburgh: The Ghoul's Guide to Haunting and Frightening

After coming to Pittsburgh, many people fall in love with our city and never want to leave.  This seems to be true even after death! You may not know it, but Pittsburgh is packed with poltergeists.  In 2007, The Associated Press and Ipsos conducted a poll and found that one in three people believe in ghosts.  Had they asked Pittsburghers, they might have been surprised

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Strange Pittsburgh

Strange Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh has a rich history and culture, but do you know about the strange side of the Steel City? Westinghouse Atom Smasher Forest Hills is home to the nation’s first Van de Graaf nuclear generator, but many know it as the Westinghouse Atom Smasher. It has stood in Forest Hills since 1937, but hasn’t been active since 1958. The structure stands five stories tall and

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Phipps Conservatory: A Grand Idea

Phipps Conservatory: A Grand Idea

In the late 1800s, traveling any great distance was expensive, time-consuming, and inconvenient. Television and radio were yet to be invented and the first primitive cars were just coming on the scene. Manned flight was still years away. For the average person, the chance of ever seeing a cactus or a palm tree outside of a book was only a dream. Yet throughout history, perhaps

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Pittsburgh Parks and Recreation

Pittsburgh Parks and Recreation

When you think of a city, what comes to mind are usually the imposing steel skyscrapers, concrete canyons, and the hustle and bustle of an urban setting.  However, when it comes to Pittsburgh, you may want to think twice.  While Pittsburgh may have its share of impressive edifices and busy city streets, it also has an abundance of parks and recreation facilities where residents can

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Guide to Casinos and Gaming Near Pittsburgh

Guide to Casinos and Gaming Near Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is “lucky” to be located close to so many casinos. Why, we even have one in our own back yard! But if you feel like venturing to another locale to try your luck, you don’t have to travel very far. The following is a list of gaming venues categorized by distance. All are less than 275 miles away. Some are suitable for a day’s

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Ten Great Scenic Views of Pittsburgh

Here are ten favorite places to photograph, record or paint in Pittsburgh. In other words, the following are places that provide a great city view. A big part of its beauty started a long time ago when glaciers started cutting out the valley that the city was later built in.  Was it a million years ago, 500,000 years ago or 250,000 years ago that this

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The Walking Tour of the North Shore

The Walking Tour of the North Shore

Talk about makeovers! Pittsburgh’s North Shore, on 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. That says a lot, as this town is packed

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The Tour of Oakland

The Tour of Oakland

Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood is the education center of the city. 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 feels. A few years ago, my husband

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