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Pittsburgh cannot afford to pass up a $1.1 billion airport expansion, Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis says. Citing changes in the airline industry, local air service, the region’s economy, and mounting maintenance costs, Cassotis insists that maintaining the region’s competitive edge — and the airport’s — requires undertaking the $1 billion overhaul, the first such overhaul of Pittsburgh International Airport since it opened in 1992.
The project includes construction of a new landside terminal connected to the existing airside terminal where passengers board planes.
And while the overhaul has been criticized as too expensive and unnecessary by some, including the architect behind the existing landside terminal, as the Business Times reported, Cassotis said she sees no other option.
“The most practical and pragmatic thing to do is to keep what works well and start over with the rest,” Cassotis said, per TribLive.
“There is no do-nothing” option, she added.
In other news…
Pittsburgh Steelers Linebacker Ryan Shazier won the George Halas Award for his fight to return to the football field after a spinal injury. The Pro Football Writers of America give the award annually to an NFL player, coach, or staff member who overcomes adversity to succeed. (KDKA-TV)
Ever visited Polymath Park? This Laurel Highlands site is home to two Frank Lloyd Wright houses and two more built by his student, Peter Berndtson. The Wright homes were relocated to the area in the last few decades. On the grounds, you can eat at Treetops restaurant and even stay overnight. (Discover the Burgh)
Welcome to The Sleeping Octopus, a new event and exhibit space in Wilkinsburg inside the former Yingling mansion. The 30-room house sat vacant for the past two years, and it previously housed a private hospital and nursing home. The new owners are restoring the 1907 home into a hub for community activities. (TribLive)
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‘Tis the season for hanging out at breweries — spending time in the sunshine, petting dogs, eating from food trucks, and sipping local brews, of course. So we thought we’d have some fun with one of Pittsburgh’s favorite pastimes by creating this Pittsburgh Brewery Connect Four based on your suggestions. Take it with you to your brewery of choice and see how many you can check off.
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🕸 June 12: Want to disentangle our society from systemic racism? Come discover the Groundwater Approach to building racial equity. RSVP today. (Downtown)
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❤️ Donate blood at Kimpton Hotel Monaco with the reward of mocktails, music, and good karma (Downtown)
🎼 Kick off Pride Month with a Haute Gaiete Cabaret show (East Liberty)
🎤 Watch puppets, moppets, and marionettes perform karaoke in a night of “mayhem” at BOOM Concepts (Garfield)
😻 Embrace your love of feline friends at this Crazy Cat People Party, including cat-themed crafts, snacks, and trivia (Millvale)
👑 Get competitive at Couch Brewery’s 70’s Drag Queen Bingo (Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar)
🤖 Network at Wine & Robots — get a T-shirt and maybe find a new job (Strip District)
💃 Be captivated by 3,600 seconds of solos at the pearlPRESENTS Dance Festival (Allegheny Center)
🇺🇸 Commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day at Soldiers & Sailors (Oakland)
🎖 Hear the stories of local D-Day veterans at the History Center’s “D-Day at 75” event (Strip District)
🌳 Enjoy indie-folk music, beer, and pizza on the porch at Tree Pittsburgh’s new site (Stanton Heights)
🎬 Watch 11 never-before-screened Greer Lankton films at the Mattress Factory (North Side)
👑 Play GAYmes at Liza Minnelli’s Big Gay Game Show, hosted by Queen of the Arcade Schwa de Vivre (Downtown)
🎉 Check out Workshop’s Queer Art Show and stick around for a wig dance party (Garfield)
☠️ Score some one-of-a-kind finds at the Pittsburgh Punk Rock Flea Market (Polish Hill)
🎨 Explore art at the June Unblurred Penn Avenue Arts Crawl — and don’t miss “an ode to Black American hair culture” at Assemble (Garfield)
🖼 Kick off the first day of the Three Rivers Arts Festival, which runs through June 16 (Downtown)
👟 Move your body in this movement workshop with performance artist duo slowdanger at Carnegie Museum of Art (Oakland)
🔎 Get competitive at this scavenger hunt, which promises trivia, activities, cocktails, and fun at each stop (Strip District)
☀️ Make garden crafts and suncatchers at this Art Car pop-up workshop (Millvale)
🍓 Indulge in sweet strawberry treats at Soergel Orchards’ Strawberry Festival (Franklin Park)
✨ Practice self care with healing workshops and healthy living tips in this event by Sisters PGH & True T (Bloomfield)