#PGHSummerin5Words

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Three weeks ago, IheartPGH was featured in the Tribune Review's article about the #MySummerin5words - Tweets connect Pittsburghers with the world, each other in 5 words (Tribune Review, May 27, 2015).  It took me a few tries but here is how I summarized my summer in 5 words: Mon, Ohio, Allegheny, & Jail Trail #MySummerin5words #pghsummerin5words — I heart PGH (@iheartpgh) May 27, 2015 I also posted a tweet that sums up a Pittsburgh summer with 5 Twitter accounts: Here is how I'd sum … [Read more...]

Pitt-Starter: Robot Repair Shop at the Pittsburgh International Airport

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This summer, you might spot a white cargo van with NASA markings unloading some mysterious-looking technology at the Pittsburgh Airport. No, it isn’t partnership between CMU and NASA to explore the final frontier from Pittsburgh. It’s artist Tobey Fraley bringing back “Fraley’s Robot Repair Shop”. From 2011–2012, for 17 months, Pittsburghers and visitors were tickled by “Fraley’s Robot Repair Shop” downtown. The Lonely Robot waited for his human return, and Pittsburghers did their best to … [Read more...]

Pretty, Vacant: Recapping the Vacant Home Tour

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The Vacant Home Tour through Wilkinsburg took place on a hot Saturday, May 9th. 88 degrees was too hot to bike from Millvale comfortably, but I didn't know that until I was standing (uncomfortably) at the registration desk. The walking tour was a little over two miles round trip and, while technically not in the City of Pittsburgh, included a hill or two. Each tour goer picked up a booklet that had descriptions of each home and a map then were sent up the hill to Singer place to the first … [Read more...]

Digging into the Data on Vacant Land on the North Side #HackforChange

Screenshot of vacant parcels from GTECH data set.

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 … [Read more...]

#tbd: Paint a mural during the Three Rivers Arts Festival

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The Three Rivers Arts Festival opened yesterday. Lots of people are planning on coming down to see the art, but come between 11am and 2pm from today through June 14th and you can help create it. Muralist Kim Beck has begun stenciling an 850-foot mural underneath the Fort Duquesne Bridge and is ready for volunteers to help fill in the "paint by number" with black, white and gray paint. Looking at her Tumblr, you can see that Kim Beck (previously featured on I Heart PGH) has a fascination … [Read more...]