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Whistleblower

In 1991, the smell of Nabisco saturated the air in Pittsburgh’s eastern neighborhoods. The cookie factory was still just that, years away from its second act as a Google anchor. Sears was closed, but its big blue shell sat fading in the parking lot on Highland Avenue. Peabody wasn’t Obama…

Rivera-​Tinsley, Spaulding, Anderson, Farmer, Zangerle, Leonardo, Earnshaw

Camila Rivera-​Tinsley is the director of education at the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. She comes to Pittsburgh from The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education in Philadelphia, where she specialized in private/​public partnerships, doubled the number of students served by the center’s environmental education programming, and increased staff diversity by creating a…

Washington, Nunn, Litman, Palmer, Page, Filoni

Milt Washington, 81: Washington was the long-​time owner of Allegheny Rehabilitation Housing Corp. — one of the largest black-​owned businesses in Pennsylvania. He was a man with a tremendous work ethic, and his success in providing low-​income housing and in several other businesses he owned allowed him to become a committed civic…

Cleaner to the Stars

It’s time to don your best apparel for holiday parties, dinners and events. And then, of course, you’ll need to have those clothes cleaned. There are countless options, but Jerry Montesano’s Shadyside Valet is a standout.

The Template for Sustainable Development

It was several years ago that Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto was chatting with André Heinz, soon to be chairman of The Heinz Endowments, about development in Pittsburgh— specifically, Hazelwood’s Almono site, where the foundation is a principal. The more they talked, the more they realized they shared a vision for…

Tunnels of Love

First, you had to pull the red wicker settee with its circus-​striped cushions a few feet away from the wall. Then you put the army surplus table Mother sometimes used for the sewing machine next to that, in front of the closed-​in fireplace; and if Father wasn’t using them for…

Among the Trees

As Meg Cheever said, “The best park in Pittsburgh is the one you are in.” She founded the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy in 1996 at a time when Pittsburgh was a long way from claiming victory in stemming the tide of decline that still clung to the city. With a band…

On a Lonely Stretch of Road

by Douglas Heuck
I had occasion recently to pet a wild animal for the first time.

Strip Stake

Pittsburgh’s Strip District is the place where everyone comes for everything. With redevelopment occurring on every edge of this one-​half square mile tract, city planners, business owners and residents are looking to strike the right balance. Bring in the new developments and luxury condominiums, but keep the character — the boutiques and…

The Death of a Homeless Man

Last week, I got the news that I knew one day would come. Joe Regoli had died.
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