Peculiar Pittsburgh

We want to answer your questions about Pittsburgh

What have you always wondered about our city and region that you want The Incline to investigate?

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MJ Slaby

It started with debate in our newsroom: Why do Pittsburghers zoom through tunnels while others slam on their brakes?

The phenomenon is so very Pittsburgh, and it turns out, the answer has a lot to do with perception and how you react to it. Finding this answer led us to launch our Peculiar Pittsburgh series, where experts explain things that only happen here. Here are some of the questions we’ve answered:

But here’s the thing: These questions came from us here at The Incline. They’re the things our lifelong Pittsburgh teammates took for granted or actually did and marked peculiarities the newcomers on our team thought were downright odd. Now, we’re flipping the script, because reporters don’t have a monopoly on curiosity, and we know we’re not the only ones with questions.

Ask away.

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Here’s how it works.

  1. Use the form above to submit your questions. Ask us about the things that you wonder about Pittsburgh and our region, light-hearted or serious. Here are a few tips:
    • Pick an issue you think is unique to Pittsburgh or our region, and ask an open-ended question about it, not something that can be answered with a simple yes or no.
    • Ask questions that spark conversation.
    • Any answer can teach even longtime residents something they didn’t know.
  2. We’ll select a question to answer, or we’ll ask Incline readers to pick their favorite.
  3. Once a question has been selected, a reporter from our team will hunt for the answer, sometimes asking the question-asker to join the search. (You’ve been warned.)
  4. We publish an article about the answer.

Questions we’ve tackled so far: