🚧 What’s next for the Strip District Produce Terminal
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🚧 What’s next for the Strip District Produce Terminal

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Construction will begin today on the long-awaited Produce Terminal redevelopment project, marking the culmination of a decades-long push to save the Strip District icon.

Per TribLive, the five-block-long Smallman Street building was the heart of the wholesale business at the center of the neighborhood in the 1920s, when the terminal was built.

Now, after years of failed and scuttled deals, close calls, and debate about how to best preserve the character of the site and neighborhood, Chicago-based development firm McCaffery Interests is set to break ground on a $100-million-dollar overhaul of the terminal building and a nearby warehouse, complete with shops, restaurants, and more.

In other news…

Could PNC Park and Heinz Field soon have new names? It’s possible, as their original naming rights deals near expiration. In 1998, PNC agreed to pay the Pirates $1.5 million annually through the 2020 season. In 2001, Heinz signed an agreement with the Steelers that pays the team $2.85 million a year through 2021. But experts say the teams are likely to seek more money this time around — lots more. (Patch)

The posthumous leaks of never-before-heard Mac Miller tracks continued this week with the Metro Boomin-produced “Real” making its way onto Reddit. The leak follows that of another unreleased Miller recording, “Benji the Dog,” last month, and both songs provide glimpses into the late Pittsburgh rapper’s inner turmoil before his overdose death last September. (HighSnobiety)

Like other northern cities, Pittsburgh was a refuge for runaway slaves. And Pittsburgh also had a rather militant abolitionist community, including so-called vigilance committees with members who would interfere with apprehensions of freedom seekers, explains Samuel Black, director of African American programs at the Heinz History Center. (90.5 WESA)

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