At one end of a long, rectangular table in an Aliquippa restaurant, a grandmother of 12 sporting a big, blond hairdo was talking about how everyone in Beaver County calls her when their dog is lost. Someone even called at 2:30 a.m. the other day. She wasn’t complaining — she loves dogs and has five…

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2008
  • Sub Heading The observer: Fall ’08
In the late 1990s, Teresa Heinz and others gazed at the new Alcoa headquarters and its North Shore neighbor, the new Lincoln Properties. Both occupied key riverfront spots. But compared with the standard-​setting Alcoa structure, the residential development looked like a Motel 6.

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2010
  • Sub Heading Riverlife and Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
The Helen S. Faison Arts Academy, Pittsburgh’s newest elementary school, was built with the hope it would help kindle the revitalization of Homewood, which has long been one of the city’s most distressed neighborhoods.

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2011
  • Sub Heading As neighborhoods sink under the shadow of vacant and abandoned properties, regional leaders are trying tactics that have worked in other cities
The impact of population decline was very much in the news at the end of last year, a reminder that, for all the accolades at the recent G-​20 Summit about Pittsburgh having moved beyond its industrial past, painful choices still face the region, particularly its local governments and major service institutions.

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2010
  • Sub Heading The public debate has missed much about the tuition tax, library reduction and Braddock hospital situations
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