Next up in our series on historic buildings for Preservation Month is Schenley High School and the release of a new book about the school.
I have been interested in learning more about the Schenley High School building for quite sometime. I have never been in the building, but it has been a place that have been wanting to learn more about. Beyond being a beautiful building, Schenley High school served as a model for integrated schools.
I have friends who attended Schenley who incredibly fond of this building and their time spent inside. I know there was quite a… Read the rest
Urban Hike is a free guided walk around one (or several) of Pittsburgh neighborhoods. The guided hike is led by a group of volunteers who carefully research each route and invite experts from the neighborhood to come speak to the group on local history and neighborhood development. If you like history, exploring or you are looking for a way to learn more about Pittsburgh, then Urban Hike is for you.
I have attended many of the past Urban Hikes, which has led to discovering all kinds of secrets about Pittsburgh. The John Woods House, aka the 2nd oldest house in… Read the rest
Pittsburgh artist Alexi Morrisey is in the final 2 weeks of funding for his Kickstarter project for “Have You Seen Me? A Memorial to Slavery.” One of the reasons I think this project is worth a look is that it brings together several different types of story telling medias – milk bottles, advertising, oral history – to tell a story.
One of the many interesting things about this project is that it uses the 1980’s “kid on the milk carton” to create a memorial to slavery:
By putting the faces of real slaves on hand-crafted, archival, milk bottles, we are… Read the rest
Today, Saturday, June 6, 2015 is the National Day of Civic Hacking. Civic Hacking events are being held all over the country and here in Pittsburgh. For the afternoon we have split into groups and are working on different challenges with open data sets. My group is working on comparing two data sets about vacant land on the North Side. Here are some of the things we learned from the data about vacant land on the North Side.
Data Set 1: Survey of Vacant Land on the North Side conducted by GTECH. You can see a map of the GTECH… Read the rest
This Sunday, May 31st, 2015, the streets from Market Square to Lawrenceville will be closed to traffic and open to people. Don’t panic, this is a good road closure. Last year Open Streets spanned from Market Square across the Roberto Clemente Bridge. This year, OpenStreetsPGH will be over 3 miles long from Market Square to Lawrenceville.
Paris, Bogata, Tucson and now Pittsburgh
One of the ideas behind Open Streets is to give people an opportunity to interact with their city in a way that is not centred around cars. This is an idea that has been taking hold in other… Read the rest