About 18,000 households in the North Side, Millvale and Reserve Township are under a flush and boil advisory, PWSA announced Monday night. The advisory stems from a tear in the cover of a reservoir that could have potentially left the water vulnerable to bird droppings. Officials stressed that the advisory was issued out of an abundance of caution. The city is planning to provide free water to North Side residents today. Check our Twitter feed for updates.
Earlier Monday, a D.C.-based consulting firm laid out its initial recommendations for restructuring the "on its last leg" PWSA, the Post-Gazette reported. A representative from Infrastructure Management Group gave a presentation to a panel appointed by Mayor Bill Peduto to figure out a number of PWSA's issues including a large amount of debt. Among the recommendations: transferring management, outsourcing services and "aggressive internal improvement." PWSA’s interim executive director Bob Weimar, according to WESA, appears to be realistic about the situation, saying the authority is "coming to a point of substantial collapse." Catch up on all things PWSA here, and sign up for email updates.
With calls continuing for the removal of a controversial Stephen Foster statue and experts now reevaluating its appropriateness for public display, Peduto weighed in, saying he'd personally like to see the statue moved off of public property, but that he'll rely on experts to help determine the outcome. Peduto's office also said the city's Art Commission will be considering public testimony on the Foster statue presented in one or two public meetings in October. Those dates have yet to be finalized and will be announced once they are. A final recommendation on what to do with the statue could come as soon as November.
Pittsburgh City Council has returned from recess to finish out the 2017 session. So what’s on the agenda? We looked into our crystal ball to see what’s on the horizon: figuring out how to pay for the housing trust fund, a public hearing and drama.
It's an extra-special, extra-glamorous edition of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership's Rooftop Shindig series. The evening includes a screening of the 1932 Greta Garbo and Ramon Novarro spy thriller, “Mata Hari," along with entertainment by Phat Man Dee and a vintage fashion market. The event kicks off at 5:30, with entertainment beginning at 6, and the movie at dusk. Guests are encouraged to bring their own seating or blanket.
Where: Top level of Theater Square Garage at 667 Penn Ave. (Downtown)
When: August 29, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
How much: Free admission
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A new venture aims to protect the Pittsburgh area's urban farms and gardens from development. Next Pittsburgh has the scoop on the Three Rivers Agricultural Land Initiative and how it works: "Allegheny Land Trust will acquire and manage lands in perpetuity, while Grow Pittsburgh will step in to operate urban farms and assist neighborhoods with starting community gardens." The goal is to keep healthy, fresh food local to the city.
The Airmall at Pittsburgh International Airport opened in 1992 but closed to non-ticketed airline passengers after 9/11. Now, according to KDKA, the shops and restaurants are open to the general public once more. If this sounds appealing to you for some reason, note that you still have to go through security and get a guess pass.