Newsletter for Tuesday, Sept. 27
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
One debate down, two to go. (Photo via @pigzit.)
THE LIBERTY BRIDGE IS BACK
Just after 3:30 p.m. Monday, the Liberty Bridge reopened, but with a temporary 9-ton weight limit. What does that mean for you? Buses and heavy trucks can’t cross, while permanent repairs are in the works, WTAE reports. “We would not reopen the bridge if it wasn’t safe,” said Dan Cessna, PennDOT district executive.
WANTED: A TRANSPORTATION LEADER FOR PITTSBURGH
Pittsburgh is looking for a person to serve as an ambassador for the city’s transportation vision as the leader of its Department of Mobility & Infrastructure. Mayor Bill Peduto called for the creation of the department in his 2017 budget proposal. The idea originated last summer, when the city asked a Harvard grad student to examine Pittsburgh’s transportation planning.
? RED, RED LINE / STAY CLOSE TO ME ?
After a six-month closure, the Red Line between Fallowfield and Potomac finally reopened Sunday, the Tribune Review‘s Elizabeth Behrman reported. As part of the $8.4 million project, crews replaced embedded track and paved along Broadway Avenue. About 12,000 people use the light rail daily to travel between Downtown and the South Hills.
Pre-register for the (noncompetitive) 16th annual StepTrek to get a map and course narrative for a self-guided tour of the stairs and nearby landmarks. Proceeds benefit South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association and the Brashear Association's Food Pantry.
Where: South Side Park at Josephine Street at S. 21st Street (South Side Slopes)
When: October 1, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.
How much: $13
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CONNECT THE DOTS BETWEEN PITTSBURGH’S POWERFUL
Ever wonder how local politicians are connected to business people are connected lobbyists and so on? Well it doesn’t take an expert to find out. An event at the Thomas Merton Center will teach you — yes, you — how to find those connections using public records and a website called LittleSis … as in the opposite of Big Brother.
LEAVE PITTSBURGH BY STAYING IN PITTSBURGH
Between Oct. 6 and 8, you can try out virtual reality headsets and visit more than a dozen “interactive worlds” as part of the VIA X WEIRD REALITY festival, Next Pittsburgh’s Amanda Waltz reported. Weird Reality Salon, hosted in the Ace Hotel Ballroom, will feature work by artists from around the world. This includes Pittsburgh-based artists like Carnegie Mellon students Alicia Iott and Char Stiles, CMU professor Paolo Pedercini and Claire Hentschker, whose “Shining360” takes viewers into a 3D, fragmented version of “The Shining.”