Kevin Acklin, chief of staff to Mayor Bill Peduto, announced Thursday that he will resign in January to "return to the private sector," per a letter that was released by the city. Peduto told the Post-Gazette that he didn't have a replacement in mind just yet. Acklin started working for Peduto in 2011. In his letter, Acklin, who is also chairman of the Urban Redevelopment Authority, offered to stay in that role.
With just two votes, the city’s Historic Review Commission on Wednesday approved the demolition of two century-old buildings on Penn Avenue, making way for a new Downtown development featuring luxury condos, retail and a parking garage. The buildings' facades will be reused on the front of the new building. The Historic Review Commission and Preservation Pittsburgh are at odds over the plan. Here's what's going on and when the wrecking ball might show up.
Attendees of a Hill District community meeting Wednesday got the first look at a five-part plan for 935 housing units at the former Civic Arena site, the Post-Gazette reported. The first phase includes 255 units in two buildings and construction is expected to start in November 2018. A majority of those units will be market rate, with 42 units of affordable housing. Overall, 20 percent of the more than 900 units will be affordable housing, per an agreement with Hill District leaders.
Days after suffering a scary back injury live on Monday Night Football, Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery on Wednesday, ESPN reports. Shazier is back in Pittsburgh and being treated at a UPMC facility. Dr. Anthony Alessi, a neurologist who consults with the NFLPA, told ESPN.com that Shazier "may not play football again" and that this surgery indicates "this is a much more severe situation on our hands than we thought."
Get a behind-the-scenes look at artists' studios at the Carnegie Mellon School of Art Open Studios. Juniors and seniors in the art program will welcome the public to view their studios for one evening only, showing off work in a variety of mediums from painting to video to animation. Some work will be available for sale, and you can even bring a T-shirt for live screen printing.
Where: College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University at 5000 Forbes Ave. (Oakland)
When: December 8, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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It's December, but one thing would feel a lot more like the holiday season — snow. Well, get ready to feel the holiday spirit because the first measurable snowfall is expected this weekend. The best chance is Saturday night, when there could be up to an inch, TribLive reported. So if you have your heart set on chopping down a Christmas tree in the snow, this might just be your weekend.
As DJ Gallo points out in this week's Pittsburgh Sports Power Rankings, it's common practice this time of year to power rank the people in your life: Do you give your mom the same gift as your mailman? (That might depend on how you feel about your mailman. Or your mom.) This week, we took a look around the Pittsburgh sports landscape, from Pitt hoops attendance to Pat Narduzzi's new contract to the best new gift of the season: JuJu Smith-Schuster. See why he tops this week's power rankings.