Newsletter for Friday, Sept. 23
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Fall is officially here, even if it doesn’t look or feel like it on the Rachel Carson Trail — or anywhere else. (Photo via @purplefeathers.)
TRUMP PROTEST LEADS TO ONE ARREST
Pittsburgh police arrested Michael Bagdes-Canning, 63, during an at-times contentious protest Thursday outside the Duquesne Club. The subject of the demonstrators’ ire? Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who spoke at a shale industry event in the morning before heading to a fundraiser. There, he was met by about 200 protestors. Police arrested the man after they say he tried to enter the Duquesne Club then “trapped” bystanders in the revolving door. See how the protest unfolded in photos by The Incline‘s Jasmine Goldband.
YES TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING FUND. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ TO FUNDING IT.
Pittsburgh City Council heard testimony from more than 50 people Wednesday on the creation of a Housing Opportunity Fund. While the vast majority of witnesses testified in favor of the affordable housing tool, they did disagree on one major thing: How it should be funded. One option is raising the realty-transfer tax — a fee on property sales — from 4 percent to 5 percent. Several realtors spoke out against that possibility, saying it would force a generation of homebuyers into the suburbs.
HEAD OF CITY INNOVATION & PERFORMANCE LEAVING
Pittsburgh is losing its first chief innovation and performance officer. Debra Lam, who’s been in the position since January 2014, will leave at the end of the year to move to Atlanta, Bob Bauder at the Tribune-Review reported. In a statement, Mayor Bill Peduto said Lam “leaves the City of Pittsburgh with a strong foundation that we will continue to build upon in the years to come.” Some moments from her time here: a roadmap for Inclusive Innovation, an Inclusive Innovation Week and a minor coffee-maker scandal.
More than a dozen taco vendors band together to "celebrate the finest handfood known to mankind." And there's a chihuahua costume contest. Tacos also will be served Oct. 3 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Where: Hop Farm Brewing at 5601 Butler St. (Upper Lawrenceville)
When: October 2, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: $10
THE INCLINE LIKES
MODCLOTH POP-UP BRINGS STYLES TO PITTSBURGHERS IRL
Known for fit and flare dresses and retro fashions, (also for its Pittsburgh roots) ModCloth is in town with its IRL tour through Monday. Although it was stylist Lara Kadillak’s first time in in the city, she pieced together some looks for Pittsburgh ladies. Hint: One look involves a gold sweater and a yinz necklace.
THE APPS TO HAVE
We all have our favorites, but see what apps are must-haves for seven Pittsburghers like Mayor Bill Peduto and chef Justin Severino. Bonus — download the ones you like best as you’re reading.