Pittsburgh

A Homecoming Through Art for Pittsburgh’s Historic Hill District

Njaimeh Njie’s art series honoring black lives in Pittsburgh’s Hill District emerges as reports show that black lives haven’t mattered much in the city.

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Pittsburgh: A ‘Most Livable’ City, but Not for Black Women

Pittsburgh is the worst place for black women to live in for just about every indicator of livability, says the city’s Gender Equity Commission.

Revisiting Pittsburgh’s Era of Big Plans

A conversation with the trio of authors behind a new book about the Steel City’s mid-20th-century transformation.

A New Plan to Correct a Historic Mistake in Pittsburgh

A Bjarke Ingels Group-led plan from 2015 has given way to a more “practical” design for the Lower Hill District. Concerns over true affordable housing remain.

The Dream of the Bauhaus Is Alive Just Outside Pittsburgh

Aluminum City Terrace was a project of the Federal Works Agency and the only multi-tenant housing taken on by Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer in the U.S.

A gun-control rally in Pittsburgh's Market Square, Saturday, March 24, 2018.

Inside Pittsburgh's Battle Over Gun Control Laws

Pittsburgh could be the bellwether city in Pennsylvania, defying state law to pass gun control ordinances, but first it has to get past its own district attorney.

Why Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto Won’t Back Down on Gun Control

After the Tree of Life synagogue shooting, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto stands committed to gun control legislation despite a direct confrontation with Pennsylvania state law.

A man uses his mobile phone at night near food stalls at a festival in New York.

So You Want to Be a ‘Night Mayor’

As U.S. cities hire nightlife officials, we talked to people on the job about what they really do—and why you shouldn’t call them “night mayors” at all.

Donald Trump shakes hands with Rabbi Jeffrey Myers at a cemetery in Pittsburgh.

How Will Pittsburgh’s Jews Translate Tragedy Into Action?

The Jewish community disagreed about what to do when President Donald Trump came to town—and how to take action after tragedy.

The Face Behind Pittsburgh’s Modernism

Tasso Katselas was prolific in his home city for the second half of the 20th century, but his work remains underappreciated.

August Wilson's Enduring Drama on Urban Renewal

Two Trains Running shows the costs and conflict of racist planning policies from a profoundly human perspective.

Horned Larks from 1904 (top) and 1966 (bottom), The Field Museum.

How Soot-Covered Birds Narrate Pollution's Toxic Legacy

By analyzing collections at natural history museums, researchers revisited 135 years of industry.

A waitress sleeps as she take a break at a restaurant located in the Pudong financial district of Shanghai in 2013.

Can't Sleep? Maybe It's Your Neighborhood

Your feelings about your surroundings affect how well you snooze, according to new research.

The Pittsburgh Area Really Did Vote for Trump

Hillary Clinton may have won within city limits, but the metro area was one of the largest to back the president.

In a stunt that's gone viral, Elyse Chelsea Clark organized an fake engagement photoshoot to proclaim her love for Popeyes.

The New Urban Fried-Chicken Crisis

The life and death and rebirth of fried chicken in American cities.

The Small Signs of Bike-Share Success

These programs promise big things for cities, but changes in habits—like parking—take time.

Giving Penn Station Its Glory Back: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A round-up of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

Anybody Can Test a Self-Driving Car in Pennsylvania

As long as there’s a licensed human sitting in the driver’s seat, you don’t need a special permit for your vehicle to drive itself.

How Pittsburgh Is Becoming the Rust Belt's Social Innovation Test Kitchen

The city is engineering its culinary scene to benefit more than just high-end diners.

Mapping the Hidden Patterns of Urban Life

Terrapattern collects visually similar features from satellite images into one searchable platform.