A week full of exotic animal news and escapes in Pittsburgh — hi Chomp! 👋 — is ending with talk of, you guessed it, new restrictions on exotic pets in the city.
City Councilmember Darlene Harris is working on an exotic pet ordinance in Pittsburgh that would require owners to apply for a permit or license and ensure proper enclosures and habitats, WTAE reports.
In case you missed it, authorities removed 33 animals and reptiles from a Beechview man’s home Tuesday after one of his four alligators escaped. That gator was one of three caught in the city in less than a month.
The city does not currently have an exotic pet ordinance, and given the events of the last week, lawmakers think it may be time to change that.
In other news…
Come for an update on the plan to convert the long-vacant Allegheny City Stables on the North Side into apartments, stay for the photo of Mayor Bill Peduto leading Councilmember Darlene Harris (one of his fiercest critics) on a horse. The project, more than a decade in the making, will breathe new life into the stables, the last municipal building of Allegheny City. It also may have soothed a political rivalry in the process. Or maybe not. We’ll leave the caption contest to Twitter. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
The pitchforks can go now because Kennywood is bringing back Heinz ketchup. After the amusement park’s switch to competitor Hunt’s caused a social media firestorm and mass condiment conniption, the park says it’s returning to Heinz this weekend. Though it’s worth noting that while Heinz is still a local icon, its ketchup isn’t made here anymore. Just sayin’. (TribLive)
White residents are leaving, and concentrations of poverty increasing in suburban Pittsburgh, areas like Carnegie, McKees Rocks, and Wilmerding. It’s a trend that research shows may be more prominent than urban gentrification. (PublicSource)
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You’ve probably heard of “The Bathtub” on the news, but what exactly is this stretch of flood-prone roadway?
For the latest entry in our Pittsburghpedia series, we looked into the history of the highway and talked to PennDOT about the challenges this roadway presents.
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🤖 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)
💪 June 15: Join 50’s Finest honorees Emily Peduto and Rachel Mende at Highmark Stadium for a boot camp and food truck rally to support The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. (Station Square)
🔮 June 19: Get ready for the summer solstice with Kimpton Hotel Monaco’s rooftop self-care event, including yoga, reiki sessions, smudging 101, tarot readings, a CBD pop-up shop, and food and drink. (Downtown)
💼 June 20: Looking for a rewarding career? Pittsburgh Mercy is hiring and will conduct open interviews. (South Side)
☀️ June 21: Dance the midsummer night away with all things mystical while enjoying food and drink from some of the city’s best restaurants and bars. (North Side)
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⚡️ Experience “There Is Not an Infinite Space between Two Points,” a video opera with an accompanying exhibition of light boxes, window murals, and paintings (Downtown)
💃 Dance it out at Rihanna Ri-Play Night (Lawrenceville)
🖌 Try your hand at graffiti in this workshop at Carrie Furnaces (Swissvale)
🌤 Check out environment-focused workshops, sip drinks, and eat food truck fare at Frick Park After Dark (Squirrel Hill)
📽 Watch a week of films celebrating queer cinema, from “But I’m a Cheerleader” to “Rafiki,” now through June 20 (Lawrenceville)
💪 Practice your prehistoric skills at Meadowcroft Rockshelter’s atlatl competition (Avella)
🛍 Find some new-to-you gems at the Lawrenceville Yard Sale (Lawrenceville)
💬 Explore new words through songs, action rhymes, and stories in both English and Chinese at the library (Squirrel Hill)
🎤 Hear poetry in prose at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics’ “Won’t You Celebrate with Me” (East Liberty)
🎼 Hear the powerful, soulful songs of Jacquea Mae at this open mic night (Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar)
🚲 Cruise through the city on a bike while learning about Pittsburgh’s glass and steel history (Downtown, South Side)
🚘 Gawk at cool cars during Pittsburgh Cars ‘N’ Coffee’s annual Father’s Day Car Show (Robinson Township)
💄 Pick up some make-up tips at Sephora’s “Classes for Confidence for the Trans & GNC Community” (Bethel Park)
🌕 Hike under the full moon at Riverview Park (Perry North)
👟 Feel like a kid again at this dodgeball competition (East Liberty)
🚲 Learn to bike safely and with confidence in this Bike Pittsburgh workshop (Lawrenceville)
🌮 Fill your belly with all-you-can-eat tacos and your ears with DJ tunes (South Side)
🚀 Discover Pittsburgh’s contribution to the Apollo Space Missions (Carrick)
💲 Share your thoughts on how Pittsburgh spends its money (South Side)
💬 Discuss “problems and progress” in Garfield at this state of the neighborhood meeting (Garfield)
🏡 Admire the teeny-tiny work of miniature artist Jim Allan (Pleasant Hills)
🎤 Hear a reading of “For Black Trans Girls Who Gotta Cuss a Motha F***** Out When Snatching an Edge Ain’t Enough” (Downtown)
🎨 Celebrate Pittsburgh’s arts and culture community with Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council’s Arts After-Party (Downtown)