O Canada! Our Wonderful Neighbor to the North

O Canada! Our Wonderful Neighbor to the North

When Mr. Rogers sang, “I have always wanted to have a neighbor just like you,” he most likely didn’t have Canada in mind, but it would have been appropriate because you’d be hard pressed to find a better neighbor to Pittsburgh than our friends to the north. We all know what an asset Mario Lemieux has been to our region, not only as the greatest

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The Pittsburgh Parking Chair

The Pittsburgh Parking Chair

Pittsburghers are a giving lot, and they like to share. But when it comes to parking spots we tend to get territorial, especially after you’ve done the backbreaking labor of shoveling one out after a snowfall. If you travel around the city after a significant snow, you will find old chairs of all types reserving spots—from Bingo Hall folding chairs to that flowered vinyl upholstery

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A Sweet Reminder of Pittsburgh’s Candy Past: The Clark Bar Sign

A Sweet Reminder of Pittsburgh’s Candy Past: The Clark Bar Sign

The slogan for the Clark candy bar was, “I want a Clark bar.” Though you may have wanted a Clark bar, often you weren’t able to get the confection. When the manufacturing of the Clark bar left the area, the only reminder of the city’s candy-producing past was the Clark bar sign atop its former production facility on the North Side. The Clark candy bar

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The Unofficial Sister Cities of Pittsburgh

The Unofficial Sister Cities of Pittsburgh

Many would be surprised to learn that Pittsburgh has nearly two dozen sister cities. President Eisenhower founded the Sister City movement in 1956 to connect people around the globe, promote friendship, and increase collaboration.  For instance, we are siblings with Wuhan, China, which claims to have the world’s largest bike share program. Bike Share Pittsburgh Inc. launched the Healthy Ride system in May, 2015. We

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Mary Soon Lee Happy to Call Pittsburgh Home

Mary Soon Lee Happy to Call Pittsburgh Home

Though born and raised in London and having spent time at Cambridge, England, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, Mary Soon Lee has found a home in Pittsburgh. “My father was ethnically Chinese, and my mother was Irish, but I acquired a British accent from my classmates,” said the author of both fiction and poetry, who lives in Squirrel Hill. It’s not often that a writer is both

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A Night at the Ballet: A Pittsburgh Experience

A Night at the Ballet: A Pittsburgh Experience

I asked my ten year old grandson if he would like to join me at the Benedum to watch The Pittsburgh Ballet perform The Nutcracker. As soon as I asked, the look on his face indicated that he was trying to think of a reason not to go. So I sweetened the deal: we’d stop at a restaurant that serves one of the best pizzas

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Pittsburgh’s Creative Explosion: RAW Artists, OVATION

Pittsburgh’s Creative Explosion: RAW Artists, OVATION

On November 28th, 2018, the Pittsburgh art community and all its supporters partied hard and celebrated the talent of 60 artists, performers, and models in the RAW Artists showcase, OVATION. RAW Artists is an international organization that serves as a platform for local artists to share their crafts/talent with the community. Their mission statement appropriately represents this message as they wish: “To serve independent artists

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We’re No.1! Pittsburgh Ranked the Top City for Jobs

We’re No.1! Pittsburgh Ranked the Top City for Jobs

Oh, how the times have changed! If you lived in Pittsburgh during the collapse of the steel industry, you know that the area lost jobs back in the 1980’s as rapidly as a kindergartner loses their lunch money. Recently, Glassdoor, the online job and recruiting site, named Pittsburgh the number one city on its 25 Best Cities for Jobs in 2018. According to Glassdoor, there

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The Grand Concourse: Pittsburgh’s Grand Dining Experience

The Grand Concourse: Pittsburgh’s Grand Dining Experience

There are a plethora of restaurants in Pittsburgh that serve excellent food. There are restaurants in Pittsburgh that have beautiful settings. But there is only one restaurant in Pittsburgh that is situated in a history-steeped building that combines excellent food and a beautiful setting for an unparalleled, upscale dining experience. And that restaurant is the Grand Concourse. Eating establishments come and go, but since 1978,

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Review: The Pittsburgh Savoyards Inc.’s Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Yeoman of the Guard

Review: The Pittsburgh Savoyards Inc.'s Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Yeoman of the Guard

One hundred and thirty years after it opened at the Savoy Theater in London, The Pittsburgh Savoyards presented The Yeomen of the Guard at the Andrew Carnegie Library and Music Hall in Carnegie, PA. This production runs October 12-14 and 18-21. If you haven’t seen this work before, you may hear terms and phrases that are not heard in everyday English but that won’t prevent

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