Thursday was the day. Pittsburgh — and a bunch of other cities — turned in their application to be the location of Amazon's second headquarters. Pittsburgh's pitch was a two-inch stack of papers, but don't expect to know the specifics, the Post-Gazette reported, as the city signed a non-disclosure agreement with the Amazon. Local leaders say they're pretty confident and released this video and launched this website. Of course, Pittsburgh still has problems, like water quality, and filmmaker Chris Ivey told CityLab that the city should be focusing on those rather than pitching Amazon.
In a city-wide public safety meeting in Beechview, Pittsburgh officials told residents what to expect and how to react in a large-scale emergency or natural disaster. Mayor Bill Peduto said it's not a matter of if, but when something like that happens here. But "keep calm and carry on" this wasn't. Instead, officials stressed your role in the equation and the need for more emergency response volunteers and everyday citizens to spring into action with resources already spread thin. Here's how you can get involved.
It's time to nail down those weekend plans. Since you'll probably be busy next weekend with Halloween, use this Saturday and Sunday to get your fall on. After all, it's supposed to be peak peeping time, even if it still seems a bit green out there. Grab some friends, wear some plaid, and pick some pumpkin spice snacks for a fall road trip, or if you'd rather stay in the city — we've rounded up the best fall foliage spots in the 'Burgh.
Renowned artist and activist Harry Belafonte will present a speech titled "Civil Rights and Black Leadership" at Carnegie Music Hall. Janis Burley Wilson, CEO and president of the August Wilson Center, will offer an introduction and will moderate a Q-and-A session after his talk.
Where: Carnegie Music Hall at 4400 Forbes Ave. (Oakland)
When: October 20, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $25–50
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Tattered dresses worn by the undead, a cape with bat-like wings and lots of black and red — not your typical ballet costumes. The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will preform “Dracula,” based on the 1897 gothic horror novel, next weekend, and we went to rehearsal for a sneak peek. The ballet includes flying dancers, explosions (!) and some very elaborate attire. Here are a few of the can't-miss costume details.
Martavis Bryant reportedly wants to be traded away from Pittsburgh, so this week's Pittsburgh Sports Power Rankings focuses on listing the players (and coaches) we'd most wanted traded out of town. Wait ... Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin made the list? Sort of. Check out the rankings here.