Sen. Pat Toomey's Pittsburgh office was once again the site of protests over the GOP health care bill Thursday. Protesters from several groups, including the Pittsburgh chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, spoke about their experience with the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid then held a die-in on Downtown streets. Sally Jo Snyder of the Consumer Health Coalition said those involved in the fight are trying to prepare for the unknown.
Pittsburgh City Council showed unanimous — but fundamentally symbolic — support for raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour statewide, TribLive reported. The resolution, introduced by council member Dan Gilman, backs a Pa. House proposal to gradually raise the minimum wage, something Pittsburgh can't do for its private workers.
Bill Peduto travels more than any Pittsburgh mayor before him. Most of those trips have been to Harrisburg and Washington, D.C., and he's been on 62 trips since the start of his term in January 2014, PublicSource reported. The travel has not been without criticism, but what does it actually mean for the city? Per PublicSource, it's cost taxpayers less than $25,000, and according to the mayor, the trips allow him to act as the No. 1 "salesman" for Pittsburgh and to bring home policy ideas and funding.
|What||Stroll Penn Avenue between the 4800 and 5500 blocks to meet artists, shop, enjoy live music and create your own art.|
|Where||Penn Avenue Arts & Commercial District at Penn Avenue from Mathilda Street to Negley Avenue (Garfield)|
|When||July 7, 2017 at 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm|
Hello Neighbor, a program that matches refugee families with mentors in Pittsburgh, is hosting a community potluck this Saturday at Riverview Park. Founder Sloane Davidson said people not involved with the program have reached out about volunteer opportunities, but there aren't any available. The potluck gives those people the chance to connect with their refugee neighbors. Learn more here.
This story from TribLive's got everything Pittsburgh: farming, robots and — of course — an old steel mill. Local startup RoBotany plans to build a 20,000-square-foot farm inside a South Side warehouse to produce microgreens and eventually other fruits and veggies. "We're techies, but we have green thumbs,” co-founder Austin Webb told the news outlet. So, so, so Pittsburgh.