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Pittsburgh’s PHLF Preservation Group Takes on Major Downtown Project

Check out the work being done by the folks at the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation, which they highlighted in this video.

Learn more about their history and their work downtown, which has gotten some recent publicity.


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Pittsburgh Pics

Some great photos of the Steel City from my pal Estelle Tran¬†at her new blog, Pixburgh N’at.

Recognize this spot in Oakland?

Another great street scene.

Love this one.

Make sure you read the sign.

Check more of ’em out here.


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Urban Hiking in Pittsburgh

Last Sunday, I had the pleasure of joining a group of Pittsburghers for an Urban Hike in Swissvale, a borough just outside the city with an interesting history.

Some stops along the way included the Trundle Manor, Kopp Glass and some affordable housing for sale from the Mon Valley Initiative.

Also on the journey: The Triangle Bar, home of the famous “Battleship” (giant sub sandwich).

Urban Hike is a group that regularly organizes hikes in the city’s various neighborhoods and surrounding communities, with stops along the way so participants can learn about what they are walking by/seeing. I recommend checking out their web site to learn more about where they will be trekking next.

What a great morning! A combination of some of my favorite things: cities, history and walking!


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Pittsburgh is Beautiful, A Photo Tribute to the Steel City

Alaina Cauchie, creator of the Pittsburgh is Beautiful website, sent us these

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“I started Pittsburgh is Beautiful as a visual expression of what makes Pittsburgh so awesome – ‘gritty is the new pretty’, basically,” she said. “I love the juxtaposition of the old versus new that happens so frequently in our town. Although Pittsburgh has gone through some hard times in the past few decades, it is enjoying an urban revival and I am so glad to be here for it.”

Alaina is constantly updating the site. But she shared a few of her favorites with us.

Alright, you’re up next, Michigan Municipal League.



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Rust Wire’s Big Urban Photography Project Show is coming to Cleveland

For more than two years, Rust Wire has been inviting photographers to share their perspective on Rust Belt cities. Now, we have collected some of the best shots into a traveling exhibition.

In case you missed it in Pittsburgh in April, Rust Wire is hosting another showing of our Big Urban Photography Project in Clevelandtown! The show opens 5:30 on Thursday, July 7 at Cleveland Public Art, 1951 W. 26th Street.

The show will feature the work of nearly one dozen photographers hailing from Buffalo, Erie, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Youngstown and other cities.

We are really proud of the talented people in our region and we would love to share a beer with some of our loyal readers.
















There is still time to submit photos (but not very much time). Email Angie at rustbeltnews@gmail.com.

Meanwhile, check out these pictures from our Pittsburgh show.

Cleveland and Northeast Ohio readers, we hope to see you there!


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Chicks in the ‘Hood: Touring Pittsburgh’s Urban Chicken Coops

On Sunday I had the pleasure of touring several of Pittsburgh’s urban chicken coops.

The self-guided tour was the first of its kind in the city. Read more about the tour and its organizers here.

Check out these chicks…

This was from a backyard farm in the Highland Park neighborhood.


The city’s zoning code allows for three chickens per 2,000 square feet, plus one additional chicken for each additional 1,000 square feet, according to event organizers. Roosters are not permitted. Chicken farmers must also apply for a zoning ordinance.

Here’s some of the bounty, from a coop also in the Highland Park neighborhood:

There are other urban chicken farmers in the Squirrel Hill, Spring Hill, Fineview and Mexican War Streets neighborhoods.

Want to know more about raising chickens in your yard? Try MyPetChicken.com, Backyardchickens.com, or madcitychickens.com.


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Brookings Report Says Rust Belt Succeeding at Attracting Skilled Immigrants

Look out, Silicon Valley.

Read the report from Brookings here, which notes the success Rust Belt cities have had in attracting skilled immigrants.

The report notes:

“Perhaps most notable is the very high concentration of high-skilled immigrants in older industrial metro areas in the Midwest and Northeast such as Albany, Buffalo, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Syracuse. Detroit, for instance, has 144 high-skilled immigrants for every 100 low-skilled immigrants. Immigrants in these metropolitan areas tilt toward high-skill because they blend earlier arriving cohorts who have had time to complete higher education with newcomers entering who can fit into the labor market because of their high educational attainment. Several of the cities in these metropolitan areas also campaign to attract and retain immigrants, signaling appreciation for the small number of high-skilled immigrants they do have.”

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