More on … Canton Ave. in Beechview

Thanks to a reader for pointing us to this PG article about Canton Ave. in Beechview. Turns out we might have a world record in our midst! Here: In Beechview Sunday, January 30, 2005 Photos by Martha Rial ~ Story by Bob Batz Jr. Despite the twin "Do Not Enter" signs at its midpoint, Canton Avenue isn't a one-way street. It's a no-way street. No way you're going to drive up it. Not this time of year, when it's covered with ice and snow. This Beechview byway is way too steep -- even to … [Read more...]

Get your PÄ…czki soon!

PÄ…czki (pronounced ponch-key) are a traditional Polish doughnut filled with jelly or another sweet filling. In Poland, they are traditionally eaten on Tlusty Czwartek - Fat Thursday - the Thursday before Lent. In the US, we eat them on Tlusty Wtorek, Fat Tuesday. Traditionally, these little doughnuts were made to use up all the sweet stuff in the house before Lent. Fat Thusday was last week (23 February) so we can't be that authentic, but we stilll have time to fill our bellies this … [Read more...]

I heart PARTY – SAT. Feb 25 @ AVA

The shine of an Iron City aluminum bottle. Rockin’ Out in the Cultural District. Indigestion from a successful trip to Primanti’s. Troy Polamalu’s voluminous mane. Bob O’Connor’s silver mane. There are all sorts of reasons we love Pittsburgh. Show your love for the Steel City over drink specials and a live DJ at a fundraiser benefiting the Coro Center for Civic Leadership. SATURDAY - February 25, 10:00pm AVA, Baum Blvd. and South Highland St., Pittsburgh, … [Read more...]

Pittsburgh Hills

You know, they say Pittsburgh is the San Francisco of the East. (Or maybe that's just me.) I randomly came across the web site of the Western PA Wheelman (bicycle club) who brings us this handy-dandy list of the steepest grades in the city ... and out. I'm glad to see South Pittsburgh REPRESENT. From Pgh Post-Gazette, Oct 5, 1984: Street / Neighborhood / Grade 1. Canton Beechview 37% 2. Flowers Hazelwood 28% 3. East Woodford Carrick 27.6% 4. Cutler Northside 26% 5. Rialto (Pig … [Read more...]

Pittsburgh & CPI

Here's another random one for the books. This one goes out to all the econ lovers in the audience (you sick, sick people.) I recently found out Pittsburgh is a chosen city. For what, you ask? We, along with 12 other lucky dawgs, have been chosen by the US Department of Labor for a SEMIANNUAL update of the CONSUMER PRICE INDEX. (Ahem, "If used with caution, local area CPI data can illustrate and explain the impact of local economic conditions on consumers' experience with price change." … [Read more...]