A new homeless shelter is coming to Downtown Pittsburgh, Mayor Bill Peduto says. The shelter will have between 80 and 100 beds, cost several million dollars, and will likely be built on city-owned land near the county jail. City and county officials came up with the idea with the help of regional nonprofits and corporations. All are looking to address homelessness Downtown. (KDKA-TV)
Affordable housing prices brought Dennis Towne to Pittsburgh, and polluted air drove him away. Now, the Google engineer and former Californian is warning others to think twice before making the move. And he’s warning Pittsburgh officials that air and water quality problems threaten to scare off the very talent they hope to attract. (PublicSource)
New music from Mac. A posthumous release of Mac Miller’s “Circles” album is coming next week. It’s a companion to the critically acclaimed “Swimming.” Composer Jon Brion, who heard early versions of the songs, assisted in bringing the late Pittsburgh rapper’s album to completion. (Complex)
What do chipped ham, church pierogies, and cookie tables have in common? Yes, they’re all yinzer all-stars, but they’re also now nail polish colors thanks to a Buffalo, N.Y.-based entrepreneur who launched a Pittsburgh line of lacquer. (TribLive)
Sisters Place is a local non-profit that provides housing and services to families experiencing homelessness. On March 5, Sisters Place is hosting a food/wine tasting fundraiser, and Incline member Kylie McCracken is helping out. Can you donate or become a food vendor? Email Kylie at [email protected].
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Hello and welcome to the first I Spy of 2020!
Let’s hope your vision on these clues is also 20— actually, we’re not gonna do that joke. Please disregard.
We start the decade with a face. Do you recognize it?
Better yet, can you tell us where it is?
It’s clearly a statue or artwork of some sort, but we want you to tell us where it is — we’re looking for the street it’s on and the Pittsburgh neighborhood it’s in.
If you know the spot, reply to this email and tell us. The first person to get it right wins a free month of Incline membership!
As usual, we’ll be back with the answer in tomorrow’s newsletter — and this time we’ll also be bringing a brief dive into local art history with us. See you then.
🐦 Make a house for backyard bird buddies (Robinson)
👪 Attend a no-commitment foster parent orientation (Castle Shannon)
👩🍳 Dine and dash to this mini cooking class (Robinson)
✝️ Discover what religion meant to Andy Warhol (North Shore)
⚖️ Learn about the streamlined pathway to pardons (Hazelwood)
🎬 Head Back to the Future and into the 5th element at Sci Fi Fest 2020 (Lawrenceville)
🌺 Smell the flowers at the Little Shop of Horrors concert (Oakland)
👩 Join James Beard Award semifinalist Meredith Meyer Grelli for an energetic look at the 8-year growth of her companies (Shadyside)
😂 Laugh with comedy duo JFLE (Jerome & Jesse LE) at a special preview of the 19th Annual SF Sketchfest (Downtown)
📚 Read up on this double book launch with Bill Lychack & Jeff Oaks (East Liberty)
🎨 Paint with local artists and raise funds while designing a sign (Crafton)
👊 Support the fight against childhood cancer with local live music (Garfield)
💪 Get a free health screening, dietary consultation, and fitness class (Hill District)
⛺ Camp out at the Pittsburgh RV Show 2020 — through Jan. 19 (Downtown)
💛 Take a guided tour of the Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation exhibition (Strip District)
🎭 Buckle up for a new play from Broadway’s most produced female playwright, Theresa Rebeck – through Feb. 2 (South Side)
🍻 Drink beer during the grains-to-glass brewery tour — and Feb. 15 (Larimer)
💪 Work out with local gyms and wellness vendors at Taste of Fitness Pittsburgh (East Liberty)
🍺 Stretch with brews at Poses and Pints (Highland Park)
🐍 Slide or crawl to the Pittsburgh Reptile Expo (Cheswick)
🏃 Run and learn about Uptown's murals and other public art (Uptown)
🍝 Learn how to make homemade pasta just like “nonna” (Regent Square)
📷 Model and photograph inside the Cathedral of Learning at this winter portfolio shoot (Oakland)
🍴 Dine all over the city during Pittsburgh Restaurant Week winter edition — through Jan. 17 (Various Locations)
👩 Meet newly-elected Edgewood councilperson Tara Yaney (Edgewood)
⚖️ Join a copyright workshop for graduate students working on theses and dissertations (Oakland)
🍷 Explore wines with Old World roots (Lawrenceville)
💰 Get financially fit this year (Squirrel Hill)
🍍 Discover nature’s healing superfoods and the joy of making meals from scratch (Greentree)
💚 Learn how to officially change your name or gender marker in Allegheny County (Lawrenceville)
🚱 Break from drinking with dry January happy hours — through Jan. 31 (Downtown)
👪 Take little lotus yogis to explore mindfulness and yoga techniques — through Feb 5. (Mt. Lebanon)
🔨 Build a wooden side table with hairpin legs (Garfield)
💊 Meet pharmacy hiring managers at an intern career fair (Oakland)
🎉 Celebrate Max King, the 2020 Pittsburgher of the Year (North Shore)
About that #ThrowbackThursday picture … believe it or not, that’s the intersection of Carson Street and Smithfield Street. If you’re still feeling disoriented, imagine the Station Square T Station on the right-hand side of the photo.
Take a few minutes to travel back in time through these photos, courtesy of Pittsburgh Then and Now, one of our favorite accounts on Instagram.
See you back here for Friday!