Newsletter for Saturday, Oct. 1
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The Grant Street pigeons, a fixture near Mellon Square, fly in formation. (Photo via @laura_sippos_art.)
In a guest column for The Incline, Gov. Tom Wolf listed eight things in Pittsburgh that take more time than registering to vote. They include “driving out of the North Shore after a sporting event,” “climbing Pitt’s Cardiac Hill” and “figuring out how to pronounce ‘Monongahela.'” The governor is urging every Pennsylvanian to register online at register.votespa.com. Read the rest of Wolf’s list here.
Barking dogs, potholes and rats: 311 hears from residents about these and other issues daily. But where do most of the calls come from? The Incline mapped those requests plus three others — for sidewalk obstructions, couches on porches and just to say thanks to city agencies — to shed some light on the question. One revelation? District 4 residents know how to show their appreciation. Check out the maps here.
WILL DRIVERLESS CARS END TRAFFIC STOPS?
In the short-term, driverless cars will provide some Pittsburgh Uber customers with free rides. The longterm consequences have much bigger implications, including a possible end to traffic stops, The Marshall Project reported: “So what’s the big deal if police can no longer make traffic stops? It’s about half of what police do, says [Joseph A. Schafer, the criminal justice department head at Southern Illinois University]. He estimates such stops, along with traffic accidents, account for nearly 50 percent of all police-public encounters.” More on what driverless cars will mean for policing here.
TechShop's open house and tour features live demonstrations, a maker craft market, guest speaker and, of course, a cake cutting. Closed-toe shoes required.
Where: TechShop Pittsburgh at 192 Bakery Square Blvd. (Larimer)
When: October 1, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
THE INCLINE LIKES
Pitt sophomore Sakat Rajprohat has learned a few things about registering people to vote. Because of his work for the Democratic party, Rajprohat got to introduce First Lady Michelle Obama when she visited campus earlier this week. This is what happened after she hugged him.
Today and tomorrow, 39 sites Downtown will open their doors and allow visitors to check out parts of their buildings for free. The Incline‘s Jasmine Goldband got a sneak peek at three of the sites participating in Doors Open Pittsburgh: The Pennsylvanian, the Allegheny HYP Club and BNY Mellon Innovation Center. Check out her video here.