Carnegie Mellon University made a Pittsburgh map for prospective students. It highlighted neighborhoods like Lawrenceville, the South Side, and Highland Park. But it left out historically black neighborhoods like the Hill District, Homewood, and Larimer. The university apologized, and a local business-owner made a map in response with the title Hood Lives Matter. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
How do you define Pittsburgh’s regions outside of the city limits? We can all probably agree on regions like the North Hills, South Hills, and Allegheny Valley. But what about Ohio Valley, Quaker Valley, and Suburban Mon? Here’s one mapmaker’s take — and the battle in the comments. (Ben Forstate on Twitter)
When you flush the toilet, where does it go? There’s a new interactive map that’ll show you. Just type in your address here, and the tool will calculate exactly where your waste goes on its journey to the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority. For example, a flush at the Monroeville Mall will take up to a day to travel the 24.31 miles to ALCOSAN going through 17 municipalities and neighborhoods. (90.5 WESA)
A “Way” by any other name is … an Alley. In 1914, Pittsburgh changed the name of every “Alley” in Pittsburgh to “Way.” It was aimed at making the thoroughfares more appealing “because alleys were associated with crime.” (City of Pittsburgh on Twitter)
How many Scrabble points is P-I-T-T-S-B-U-R-G-H worth? This map uses Scrabble tiles to illustrate Pittsburgh neighborhoods and beyond. See if you can find your neighborhood. (Pittsburgh Trail on Twitter)
Usually, we stick to outside locations for I Spy Pittsburgh.
But this week, we’re going inside. And that’s the only clue we’re sharing. 😇
Recognize this place? Is it an art installation? Some ultra-modern building lobby? Or something else all together?
OK, one more clue because this one is tough … and that clue is the word “eponymous.”
Got a guess? Reply here. If you’re the first one to guess correctly, you’ll win a free month of Incline membership. And because we’re feeling the love this week, you’ll also win a free ticket to our Modern Love: Pitch-Your-Friend event.
May the odds be ever in your favor.
Single and ready to mingle? Or partnered but ready to party? Join us for Modern Love: Pitch-Your-Friend, a dating game show full of laughs and (hopefully!) love at Cinderlands Warehouse. Grab your tickets here, and we’ll see you on Tuesday. P.S. Members, look up there ⬆️ for your discount code.
And it’s last-call for our Incline Valentines! Submit yours here by noon today and send a sweet surprise to your sweetie in tomorrow’s Incline newsletter. Need some inspo? Here are some wacky Valentines we drafted to get you in the mood.
👃 Make your own soy candles and your own scents at this candle-making workshop (Garfield)
⚾️ Mark Black History Month and the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues with a panel discussion full of baseball royalty (Strip District)
🖼 Treat yo self with this non-traditional Valentine’s workshop all about making cool stuff (East Liberty)
🥃 Forget Valentine’s Day and whoop it up at this Wigle Whiskey Galentine’s Day Party (Strip District)
🔥 Make glass flowers and glass love letters with some help from the Pittsburgh Glass Center (Friendship)
🥃 Impress your valentine with a Sweetheart Tour of the Wigle Whiskey Distillery (Strip District)
❤️ Get all dolled up for a good cause at the Hopeful Hearts Valentine’s Gala (Downtown)
🗳 Celebrate suffrage and hear the stories of women in Pittsburgh history (Strip District)
🎤 Experience the joy and pain of pre-gentrified East Liberty through Shade Cobain’s sonic art at BOOM Concepts — also on Feb. 29 (Garfield)
💌 Celebrate the season with Smokin' Betties Burlesque’s “Love Letters in the Snow” (South Side)
🌳 Enjoy the stillness of the quiet winter season on a three-mile meditative hike (Hampton Township)
📣 Learn about Malcolm X’s influence, history, and legacy (Bloomfield)
😂 Bring your A-game to this Cards Against Humanity competition (Allegheny West)
🏥 Grab “your person” for this Grey’s Anatomy trivia night (South Side)
🎤 Hear from eight local writers in a reading to celebrate Black History Month (Bloomfield)
💘 Join your friends at The Incline for a night of love and laughter at Modern Love: Pitch-Your-Friend. (Strip District)
🔊 Hear Lizzo-inspired poetry at this Pgh Poetry Collective event (McKees Rocks)
💝 Network with fellow women at Ellevate’s Galentine’s Day Mix and Mingle (Lawrenceville)
🗣 Hear Sowande Mustakeem’s lecture “Freedom’s Blood Memories: Slavery, Terror and the Evolution of Black History” (Strip District)
🚌 Ask your questions about the proposed BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) plan (Monroeville)
Looking for somewhere new to grab a bite? We got you.
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Catch you tomorrow for Friday and Valentine’s Day!