If it feels like it’s always raining here, well, that’s because it is.
So far in 2019, a whopping 72.5 percent of the year has seen some form of precipitation. Indeed, it may be always sunny in Philadelphia, but it’s always rainy in Pittsburgh.
“In fact,” KDKA-TV reports, “it has rained so much, that we have only been able to string together a maximum of three dry days in a row.”
The record dry spell for Pittsburgh? A 26-day stretch in November 1874, per Patch.
The bad news: Yes, Pittsburgh is always gray, and yes, it’s affecting your health.
The good news: Sunshine is expected today. Get outside and enjoy it — tell your boss we told you to. 😇
In other news…
East Liberty could get its own version of Market Square under a new design. The $1.6 million project would modernize a public park at the corner of North Highland Avenue and Broad Street with wide pathways, artful lighting, space for food trucks, and cafe seating for the nearby Kirkland Shops. If approved by the planning commission next week, construction would begin in 2020. (NEXTpittsburgh)
Construction on the Strip District Produce Terminal is officially underway. Officials broke ground yesterday on the long-awaited project, which will include shops, restaurants, and offices. Plus, expect a $50 million upgrade to Smallman Street, connections to the riverfront, and pedestrian access. (KDKA-TV)
Oyster shells from Pittsburgh restaurants are headed to the Chesapeake Bay for restoration efforts. Six restaurants — Eleven, Merchant Oyster Co., Muddy Waters Oyster Bar, Off the Hook, Spirits & Tales, and St. Clair Country Club — have collected 19 tons of oyster shells so far. The project keeps shells out of landfills and supports the health of the Chesapeake Bay where shells are planted in protected sanctuary sites to grow into water-filtering reefs. (Pittsburgh Current)
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Man, it’s a hot one.
Seriously, Rob Thomas/Santana references aside, it’s getting steamy out there, and you might just want to cool down by splashing around.
We’re here to help with that. Here’s our guide to pools, spray parks, and lakes to visit this summer. It features the biggest public pool in Pennsylvania, 15 waterslides, the details on more than a dozen city pools that opened today, and some weekend trip ideas.
Stay cool out there.
🤖 Now through June 17: Who’s shaping Pittsburgh’s tech scene? Highlight their work by nominating them for our Who’s Next award. Nominations are due by 10 a.m. on Monday, June 17.
🍎 June 26: Celebrate The Incline’s Who’s Next: Education class, 19 up-and-comers preparing Pittsburgh for the future, at a happy hour in their honor. (Downtown)
The tale of one of Pittsburgh’s most elusive street artists is full of intrigue. Dubbed “Cap Man” by Pittsburgh Orbit, the artist is known for black-and-white Sharpie-on-postal-label pieces.
Have you seen this art — or the artist — around town?