Essential Pittsburgh
4:16 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

The Adonai Center Educates Young Black Men on Community Issues

Kevin Carter, CEO of the Adonai Center for Black Males
Credit Marcus Charleston / 90.5 WESA

There’s always a great need for mentors. This is especially true of young African American men, and one of the reasons behind the founding of the Young Men’s Conference.

The event taking place at Point Park University, was founded by our guest Kevin Carter, chief executive officer of the Adonai Center for Black Males.

Essential Pittsburgh
4:47 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Keystone Crossroads Holds Statewide Town Hall Meetings

Harris Sokoloff (left) of Penn Project for Civic Engagement welcomes participants to Keystone Crossroads’ first community forum to discuss the urgent challenges facing Pennsylvania cities at WHYY in Philadelphia.
Credit Lindsey Lazarski / WHYY

On Tuesday evening, the third Keystone Crossroads community forum will be held at the Community Broadcast center on the South Side. Titled, “Rust or Revival: Which Way is Our Town Heading?" these evenings are all about community engagement.

Similar forums have been held in Philadelphia and Harrisburg with the goal of parsing out our community problems and potential solutions. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
1:22 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Pittsburgh's Globally Engaged Groups Join Forces Through the Global Switchboard

Nathan Darity & Brandon Blache Cohen of the global service learning organization Amizade are developing the Global Switchboard
Credit Marcus Charleston / 90.5 WESA

Social media and the internet have connected the world in ways once thought impossible. However, computer connections cannot take the place of human contact.

There are a number of organizations in the city with the shared goal of engaging others across the globe.

Nathan Darity and Brandon Blache-Cohen, Executive Director of Amizade Global Service Learning, are two of the members that connected these organizations together through the global switchboard.

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:06 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Millennials Rejecting Polarized Politics & Changing Nonprofit Giving

City Council Member Dan Gilman
Katie Blackley 90.5 WESA

Nonprofits in the region must redefine their community relevance for the Millennial generation as these young adults enter society with a completely different approach to giving.

According to Linda Jones, Vice President of Workplace Campaign for the United Way of Allegheny County, Millennials prefer to give consistently in small amounts as well as volunteer at the organizations they support. They also approach politics differently, rejecting polarized politics and increasingly registering as independents.

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:53 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Neighborhood Bonds: A Partnership Between Allegheny General Hospital & the Northside

View of Allegheny General Hospital and surrounding neighborhoods from Frank Curto Park along Bigelow Blvd.
Credit Rob Bratton / Flickr

Twenty five years ago an interesting partnership developed between North Side neighborhoods and the Allegheny General Hospital. That partnership continues today and has proved to be beneficial on both sides. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Diana Nelson Jones recently reported on this collaboration.

We took a further look at how large institutions and neighborhood groups can work together to increase the quality of a community.

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:50 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Ending Street Harassment in Pittsburgh

The four founders of the Pittsburgh chapter of Hollaback! are (Left to Right) Alison Winters, Akirah Robinson, Heather Dougherty, and Maggie Graham.
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Street harassment is a public form of sexual harassment that many people have witnessed, experienced, or engaged in.

For the most part, women are told to ignore cat calls and lewd behavior when walking down the street, but what if it happens on a daily basis?

Hollaback is an online initiative that was created in New York City to give people a place to vent or talk about their experiences with public harassment.

Now four Pittsburgh women have formed a local chapter of Hollaback.

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:54 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Newcomers Invited to City-Wide Dine Around

Vibrant Pittsburgh, Pop City Media and the World Affairs Council welcome all newcomers to the second annual Dine Around event.
Credit Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA News

New to the ‘Burgh? Enjoy great food, socialize with other newcomers and form networks throughout Pittsburgh at one of the city-wide Dine Around events. Vibrant Pittsburgh, established to grow the diversity of the region, has been instrumental in organizing these dinners.

Vibrant Pittsburgh CEO Melanie Harrington and Community outreach and inclusion manager Adriana Dobrzycka use a three-pronged approach to bring in and keep diverse families, and say these dinners are an excellent step in helping these newcomers feel welcome.

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Economy & Business
7:20 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Study Shows Pittsburgh Has Strong Upward Mobility

A recent study has found that Pennsylvania, and Pittsburgh in particular, show considerably more upward mobility compared to other regions in the nation. Researchers based that on four variables: the size of the middle class, the quality of the K-12 schools, strong families and civic engagement.
Credit Flickr user Jason Pratt

A new study shows Pennsylvania, and Pittsburgh specifically, might be the model for the American dream.

A team of researchers from Harvard University and the University of California-Berkley found that Pennsylvania has considerably more upward mobility than other parts of the country.

According to Stephen Herzenberg, economist and executive director of the liberal-leaning Keystone Research Center, upward mobility is the ability of someone in the economic lower class to move up the economic scale.

Herzenberg said upward mobility is at the heart of the American dream.

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:13 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Don't Count The Big D Out Yet!

Despite all the gloom and doom talk, there are still signs of life in Detroit.
Credit Kate Sumbler/Flickr

While the recent media cycle on Detroit’s bankruptcy often reads like a eulogy to one of America’s great industrial boomtowns, Richard C. Harwood, who heads the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, sees signs of life. Harwood points to a number of positive signs in the city, including companies moving downtown, building renovations and venture capital funds being formed.

All of these improvements “are pockets of change that suggest that a new path forward can emerge.”

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3:58 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Grab a Seat: 'Pop Up Patio' Launches in Downtown Pittsburgh

Located on Strawberry Way from Smithfield Street to Montour Way, the Pop Up Patio offers a place for grab lunch or just take a load off, according to the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.
Credit Jessica Nath / 90.5 WESA

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s latest Pop Up project began Monday with rain splashing off vacant patio furniture, but the nonprofit believes the seats will soon be filled during lunch hours.

With its brightly colored bistro tables and chairs, the Pop Up Patio fills downtown's Strawberry Way from Smithfield Street to Montour Way.

Jeremy Waldrup, partnership president and CEO, said he hopes the month-long pilot program will encourage people to not only hang out downtown but also frequent nearby businesses.

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New to the 'Burgh
10:45 am
Thu July 18, 2013

5 Blogs Any Pittsburgh Newbie Should Follow

Credit Flickr user daveynin

The reach of the Pittsburgh community is expansive, so it should be no surprise that the city’s online community is just as vast.

For those New to the ‘Burgh, here’s a rundown of some blogs that will help you figure out where to go, what to do, and — perhaps most importantly — what to eat.

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12:17 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Pittsburgh Crowd Cheers Gay Marriage Decisions

Deborah Diedrich (left) and Nancy Holston, who have been together some 33 years, celebrate during a rally on Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh Wednesday following the Supreme Court's decision to strike down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
Credit Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA

At least 250 people gathered on a downtown Pittsburgh street closed for the occasion were cheering U.S. Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage.

City Councilman Bruce Kraus told the crowd Wednesday morning, "To my fellow gay, lesbian, transsexual and queer friends, welcome to full equality."

City police have issued a permit for Wednesday's rally on Liberty Avenue, during which a portion of the busy downtown artery was to remain closed from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh organized the rally, which was called "Riot or Rejoice."

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9:29 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Pittsburgh Named America's Smartest City

Is this the smartest city in the United States? Based on Pittsburgh's high number of universities, libraries, media outlets and museums per capita, one real estate company thinks so.
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Pittsburgh has been known as the Steel City and the City of Champions, but what about the smartest city?

According to David Cross, content editor for Movoto real estate, Pittsburgh is indeed the smartest city in the United States.

“I can say that, you know, I was a little shocked that Pittsburgh ranked that high," Cross said. "At the same time I was really happy, because I’m a Midwestern boy at heart."

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After School
7:12 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Meet the Teen Boys Who Will Help Knit the Andy Warhol Bridge

Diondre Harris, 16, Martay Howard, 14, and Chris Shannon, 14, (left to right) practice knitting on Tuesday afternoon.
Ryan Loew 90.5 WESA

Sixteen-year-old Diondre Harris was clowning around with his friends last Saturday at an end-of-year cookout at the Marshall-Shadeland office of Allegheny Youth Development.

The boys were eating hot dogs, talking about the NBA playoffs and sharing their report cards. AYD held the event to celebrate all that the few dozen teenage boys who take part in the program did over the course of the last school year.

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10:50 am
Wed June 19, 2013

New to the 'Burgh? Here's 8 Handy Do’s and Don’ts

All in all, Pittsburghers are friendly people. But if you want to get by in the city without stepping on any toes, here are a few things you can do to keep yourself from making any slights against the citizens.
Flickr user wildcellist

It can be hard to jump into a new location without understanding the local customs, and Pittsburgh, friendly as it might be, is wrapped in layers of seemingly impenetrable culture.

But do not fret: As part of our, well, new web series, "New to the 'Burgh," here’s a handy guide to circumventing the trap doors and pitfalls of life in Pittsburgh.

1. DO be aware of the Pittsburgh Left

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