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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)
This week, we’re giving two lucky members a free ticket to the Forward Cities National Conference. They’ll network with some of the nation’s most exciting local leaders and help figure out the future of our cities. Sign up for a membership today to support your favorite Pittsburgh newsletter — and for your shot at our exclusive member giveaways.
‘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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