A process that allows the city to clean up properties and put the cost burden on the land owner will be faster now that Pittsburgh City Council has approved a simple tech change, officials say. The bill allows for the three systems in the "clean and lien" process to be integrated. And that means less paperwork and a faster process. But will it mean more cleanups?
Mayor Bill Peduto debated his two opponents for the Democratic nomination — councilmember Darlene Harris and Rev. John Welch — live Wednesday night on WTAE. There were no major revelations or surprises during the one-hour debate — no name-calling, no yelling and only one mention of bike lanes. Here are our three takeaways.
Mayor Bill Peduto's administration tried multiple times to buy Penn Plaza as a way to keep affordable housing in East Liberty, the Post-Gazette reported. But developer LG Realty Advisors turned down all of the offers, and lawyer Jonathan Kamin said the developer has done more than its fair share. “Instead of talking to President Trump, it looks like the mayor has been talking to Kim Jong Un and is looking to go ahead and take our private property — or nationalize our private property — for his own political purposes,” Kamin told the PG. Catch up on Penn Plaza here, and subscribe to have updates on the battle sent to your inbox.
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It's third Thursday so that means the art galleries at Carnegie Museum of Art stay open late. Come for a conversation and reception with artist Michael Williams, then stay to browse his work, listen to music and eat from the late-night cafe menu.
Where: Carnegie Museum of Art at 4400 Forbes Ave. (Oakland)
When: April 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: $10
The Incline Likes
Last night, a dozen teams from around the world competed for the AlphaLab Gear International Hardware Cup, which meant $50,000 in investment funds and more prizes for the winner. In the end, it was the VaGenie that took home the top prize. So what is a VaGenie exactly? It's been described as "a Fitbit for your ladybits." Read more to find out how its creator wants to use humor (One of the slogans on its website? "Thinking inside the box.") to help improve women's health.
But the Pens did not sweep the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night, instead losing 5-4 in Game 4 to set up a Game 5 in Pittsburgh tonight. In the aftermath of this loss, Penguins fans were feeling their feelings, so it seemed like the right time to a do a full-on mailbag for this week’s Pittsburgh Penstravaganza! (This is also what happens when you plan on writing a thing about getting extended rest after a short series and the team that can sweep loses Game 4 and ruins it.) So here are Penguins fans asking Dave Lozo things and Dave Lozo answering them ahead of today's 7 p.m. game.