Concerned that Pittsburgh's city-run farmers markets may not be going far enough in reaching into the city's food deserts, City Council has been asked to fund to a study to determine what more could be done to address the lingering "inequities" in the system. But obstacles remain, a boat Pittsburgh is far from alone in, as cities across the U.S. grapple with how best to direct healthy food options to those most often isolated from them.
As part of a push to make heavily trafficked streets safer for cyclists, motorists and pedestrians alike, Pittsburgh unveiled its first bike signal this week, Bike Pittsburgh notes. It's located on Forbes and coincides with a larger program aimed at improving the functionality and safety of city roads. Care about bike lanes and safety in Pittsburgh? Sign up here to get our email updates.
Why not mark Labor Day at one of the largest parades in the nation? On Monday, 200 groups will march through Downtown, including at least 150 affiliates of the AFL-CIO, along with building trades and bands. Between 60,000 and 100,000 people are expected to attend, including Gov. Tom Wolf. The parade will focus on "organizing equal strength and unity" — and there are many more events to check out, too.
The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium announced Wednesday that it euthanized an elephant calf whose recent health struggles captivated patrons and inspired well wishes from far and wide. In a press release, zoo officials said the baby wasn't gaining weight after recently undergoing surgery to insert an esophageal feeding tube. "She died surrounded by her keepers," PennLive reported.
On the Calendar
The annual Rib Festival at Heinz Field is back with l-o-t-s of ribs. The festival also includes live music and activities. Rib Fest opens each day at Noon and runs until 11 p.m. daily, except for Monday, when it ends at 9 p.m.
Where: Heinz Field at 100 Art Rooney Ave. (North Shore)
When: August 31, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. to September 4, 2017 at 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free admission
Join us in celebrating The Incline's 1st birthday and meet more than 150 young Pittsburghers making the city better, as we honor a year of Who's Next classes and recognize our newest group: Who's Next: Health. Dance to the beats of JRod and DJ Bamboo, and enjoy local spirit samplings and a photo booth. Your ticket also includes beer, wine, cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres — and supports our local journalism. Your presence is worth a present, so the first 200 people to buy a ticket get a swag bag at the door. An after party with Thrival Innovation + Music Festival and cash bar start at 9 p.m. A huge thanks to The Incline’s bash sponsors S&T Bank and Thrival.
Where: Ace Hotel Pittsburgh at 120 S. Whitfield St. (East Liberty)
When: September 27, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $40
The Incline Likes
Nisha Blackwell is building a more inclusive maker movement in Homewood, where she grew up and started a business. After getting laid off from a coffee shop in 2014, Blackwell made a hair bow out of used fabric for a friend’s daughter’s 1st birthday and left the party with orders for more. Now she runs a custom-made bowtie business and wants to help others in Homewood follow suit, Next City reports.
The Steelers bolstered their secondary in a huge way. Joe Haden was cut by the Browns on Wednesday, and it took just one hour after he became available for him to join the Black & Gold fold. First reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, the six-year vet agreed to a three-year deal worth $27 million, with $7 million coming this year. If he regains his form for Pittsburgh, it's a difference-maker for a Super Bowl contender. If he doesn't ... he's still probably better than Ross Cockrell.