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Essential Pittsburgh
3:39 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Balancing Business and Fun with Pop-Up Canada

Canadian Consul General John Prato plans to meet with political, community and business leaders during his time in Pittsburgh.
Credit Marcus Charleston / 90.5 WESA

For one week, Pittsburghers can experience the culture of Canada in a temporary installment downtown called Pop-Up Canada.

The concept, according to Canadian Consul General John Prato, is to encourage a conversation between Pittsburgh and Canada about different urban issues including energy, innovation and civic life.

Prato says the week is designed so that Canadian representatives can meet and learn from local political, business and community leaders. 

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Economy & Business
4:09 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

How Two Sets of Windows Will Create a Porch at the New PNC Skyscraper

The so-called "curtain wall" is actually two layers of glass held in place by steel and recycled wood in a manner that creates what might be best described as a massive storm window.
Courtesy of PNC

The glass skin is starting to be installed on Pittsburgh’s newest skyscraper, and Pittsburgh-based PNC Financial Group says it will help make the building more energy efficient in the long run and is helping to grow the local economy in the short term.

The so-called "curtain wall" is actually two layers of glass held in place by steel and recycled wood in a manner that creates what might be best described as a massive storm window.

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Essential Pittsburgh
11:30 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Pittsburgh Artist Finds Inspiration in a Century-Old Timepiece

The Kaufmann's Clock has served as a meeting place for Pittsburghers for a century
Katie Blackley 90.5 WESA

After a century in downtown Pittsburgh, residents of the city can still recall telling friends and family to “meet me under the Kaufmann’s Clock.” The bronze ornamental clock, which still hangs at the corner of Smithfield Street and Fifth Avenue, has served as a meeting place for Pittsburghers for years. Macy's celebrates the clock's 100th anniversary with a city proclamation of May 17th as "Meet Me Under the Clock Day" as well as events surrounding this cherished Kaufmann's tradition.

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Urban Redevelopment Authority
3:30 am
Wed April 10, 2013

City Agency to Apply for State Grants for Major Developments in Downtown, East Liberty

The Gardens at Market Square project is slated to receive an RACP grant.
Credit Rachel R. Grozanick / 90.5 WESA

Pittsburgh's Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) is working to snag $9.25 million in state grants for two major new projects in Downtown and the East End, as well as for two smaller developments in Oakland and the West End.

On Tuesday, the URA submitted to city council legislation that would allow the agency to apply for the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grants from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's budget office. The Corbett administration has already confirmed that the grants will be awarded if the enabling legislation passes council.

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Light Rail
4:00 am
Mon March 25, 2013

The North Shore Connector, One Year Later

A Port Authority "T" train pulls up to a stop near Heinz Field, one of the premier rail destinations of the North Shore Connector.
Credit Noah Brode/90.5 WESA

90.5 WESA's Noah Brode reports on the prospects for local light rail at the one-year anniversary of the North Shore Connector.

It was one year ago today that the North Shore Connector light rail line began taking passengers under the Allegheny River.

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Downtown Pittsburgh
12:25 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

PDP Says Downtown Pittsburgh Is On the Rise

Credit Noah Brode / 90.5 WESA

Local leaders in business and politics highlighted the recent successes of downtown Pittsburgh on Tuesday as the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) released its annual report for 2012.

For one, Pittsburgh mayor Luke Ravenstahl said he's happy with several new developments in the Golden Triangle, including a new skyscraper currently being built by PNC Bank and the revamped Market Square. He said some people were skeptical of the Market Square renovation at first.

"Now, they're (angry) that they can't get in for lunch or dinner," Ravenstahl said.

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Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Downtown Pittsburgh Living: From 9 to 5 to Full-Fledged Neighborhood

Downtown Pittsburgh is becoming more of a neighborhood, as more people move there to live, not just work.
Credit Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA News

It’s often said Pittsburgh is a city of neighborhoods. There are the bustling neighborhoods of Oakland and Squirrel Hill, the struggling neighborhood of Homewood, and the transitioning neighborhoods in between. Then there’s a shadow neighborhood. Some people call it the Golden Triangle, some call it the business district, and others call it home. 90.5 WESA reporter, Deanna Garcia looks at the present and the future of Downtown living.

Community
3:54 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Downtown Pittsburgh Shifting to Full-Fledged Neighborhood

Downtown Pittsburgh is becoming more of a neighborhood, as more people move there to live, not just work.
Credit Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA News

It’s often said Pittsburgh is a city of neighborhoods. There are the bustling neighborhoods of Oakland and Squirrel Hill, the struggling neighborhood of Homewood, and the transitioning neighborhoods in between. Then there’s a shadow neighborhood. Some people call it the Golden Triangle, some call it the business district, and others call it home.

“It’s not just a thoroughfare for the buses, or somewhere where you go to your office from 9 to five, but I actually live here and love it a lot,” said Gina Mucciolo.

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