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Re: “Pittsburgh has a neighborhood named "Soho," directly across the Birmingham Bridge. My mother was raised there, when it was predominantly a Russian immigrant community, and I have always wanted to know how Soho got its name.

Interesting article. I recently found my greatgrandparents home on google earth as it is still standing on Tustin St.

Posted by Genealogist on 08/18/2014 at 3:44 PM

Re: “We live in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. What's the difference between a commonwealth and a regular ol' state?

Why do you feel the need to belittle the teaching profession in this article? Subtle distinctions between words can often gave a huge impact on their meaning, even if people such as yourself feel insecure about their ignorance and need to resort to name calling. Why not just point your finger at teachers, shout "nerds," and then give us all a wedgie?

Posted by A teacher on 08/13/2014 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Stuff We Like

This is a very veiled substitute for the omnipresent crossword puzzle. Bring it back.

Posted by justira on 07/30/2014 at 10:15 PM

Re: “Lynn Cullen Live 07/23/14

In reference to Lynn's strange comment about "weapons of mass destruction flying over a stadium", I will point out that when the bellicose Kim Jong-un was conducting war games last spring, Barack Obama sent a pair of B2 stealth bombers over the peninsula, the same planes flown over the Super Bowl every year. Americans are rightfully proud to posses the most fearsome weapon every created, and it is the existence of weapons like the B2 that make it virtually impossible for Kim to ever consider any nuclear action. In short, thank God for the B2. But what is really sad about Lynn's reckless comment, is how it alienates moderate to conservative democrats. Please Lynn, think before you put daisy's down American Serviceman's rifle barrels, we don't need help like yours.

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Posted by hopeandespair on 07/26/2014 at 10:21 PM

Re: “We live in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. What's the difference between a commonwealth and a regular ol' state?

Jim Whalen, I just had something to add to your "analogy". I believe it would be more accurate to say "twelve is the same as a dozen" when referring to state being the same as commonwealth. That's okay though, I doubt you were raised in a commonwealth, so I get why you think twelve and 12 are different words that mean the same thing.

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Posted by Timothy Adam Weidner on 07/24/2014 at 8:14 PM

Re: “Carbon Nation: Pittsburgh will host hearings on EPA's emission-reduction plan

I wouldn't downplay this rule. Some states are complete laggards when it comes to doing anything about cutting carbon emissions. California on the other hand will always be ahead of any rule that comes from the EPA. For 100 straight years our carbon emissions and electricity consumption has grown so it is still a relatively new phenomenon to see a reduction in carbon emissions in the US and a large part of the reason for the reduction in carbon emissions was the recession of 2009. We must get this rule implemented. When it is in place we will work on further cuts. I will be at the EPA hearings in Pittsburgh on July 31st and you should be there too because "America will take bold action to cut carbon pollution!"

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Posted by Fred K on 07/24/2014 at 3:25 PM

Re: “What was the name of the burlesque house that used to be on Diamond Street (excuse me, Forbes Avenue) between Smithfield and Wood? What do you know of its history?

I am trying to find out more information on the Harris theatre before it was the Casino. My grandmother danced there in a chorus line doing the Charleston and other dances, before the main show would start. It would have been around 1917-20's. I would love to find stories or pictures of the theatre at that time.

Posted by Joan Markunas on 07/19/2014 at 6:29 PM

Re: “Life in the Fast Lane

Regulations, be they good or bad, are there for reasons. If they are bad, then work to change them - don't just thumb your nose at them. As the article suggests, we can't let drillers ignore regulations (thanks for aptly making the comparison)...similarly ride-sharing corporations need to abide by them as well. I'm not particularly impressed by the Mayor's support for dodging regulations, simply because he uses the services and feels they make sense. Mayors need to carefully consider issues and build consensus towards solutions.

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Posted by regulation-curious on 07/16/2014 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Stuff We Like

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Posted by John Craft on 07/10/2014 at 8:50 AM
Posted by Greg on 07/08/2014 at 10:57 PM

Re: “Stuff We Like

Hey Lucas!

As the staff crossword junkie, I feel compelled to give you a quick reply -- just so you know, the weekly Ink Well puzzle was discontinued by its constructor, who recently took a faculty job at a university. I think he'll still be making puzzles, but not on a weekly basis. When he let us know (he's a syndicated constructor, so his puzzle ran in other publications too), we had to decide whether to pick up another puzzle or replace it with some other localized content. Stuff We Like is a concept we'd toyed with for a while, and we didn't have a spot to fit it into the paper, so we decided to replace the puzzle with this feature. Maybe someday in the future we'll reconsider, or come up with additional space, and pick up a puzzle again -- nothing's ever set in stone. Just wanted to make it clear, though, that we didn't drop Ink Well; it was a great puzzle, but its author wasn't able to carry on with it.

Glad you enjoyed for all those years, and hope you enjoy Stuff We Like!

Posted by Andy Mulkerin on 07/08/2014 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Stuff We Like

While I have no doubt that this section will eventually become a regular part of my City Paper reading experience, I was shocked, saddened, and dismayed to discover this in place of my favorite section of the City Paper; the Ink Well crossword puzzle! Say it ain't so! Will there be NO return of thr CP crossword? That is my #1 favorite part of the City Paper, with Savage Love and News of the Weird following closely behind.

What sets the CP crossword apart from the rest is the fun, irreverent answers and the challenges that they bring because you can't cheat using sites like "One Across" as you are able to do with the more "traditional" crossword puzzles. It is/was a truly unique puzzle and with all the buzz about "neuroplasticity" and brain training going around, I feel like this is a truly epic loss to my brain's weekly routine!

Please don't leave us crossword lovers out in the cold! For years, I have worked on these puzzles with friends, family, and even strangers on the bus; it is a bonding experience, truly, and the fact that it's free makes it even more indispensable in my life! I very much hope that the paper will bring the crossword back because it has saved me countless hours of boredom, allowed me to open up and cooperate with others in the pursuit of answers, and has no doubt brought many a smile to my face when I have filled in those boxes, knowing that I am aware of the correct answer.

My favorite clue? "It delivers the hits"...the answer: bong :)

Posted by Way Lucas on 07/04/2014 at 11:55 AM

Re: “When and why did Pittsburgh stop using street cars?

Hi. Visiting Pittsburgh from Melbourne Australia where we still have a large network of operating and thriving trolleys - or "Trams" as we call them. They so hold up traffic and they are slow but we now see them as so much a part of our city's identity that it would be unthinkable to let them go. Suburban sprawl has continued with no trams, but inner city suburbs remain desirable (and expensive) partly due to the good tram network making transport easy.

Posted by David from Austalia on 07/04/2014 at 8:56 AM

Re: “I’m still wondering about the Pittsburgh Left. No one can tell me where it comes from.

The law reads:
ยง 3322. Vehicle turning left.
The driver of a vehicle intending to turn left within an intersection or into an alley, private road or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction which is so close as to constitute a hazard.

And oncoming traffic is still oncoming traffic, even when stopped by a red light (see chapter 2 of the pen dot driving manual). Even if it weren't however, and your definition were to be accepted both lights turn green at the same time. The moment your troublesome driver going straight ahead started to move they would a) be oncoming (or approaching as per the language of the law) and b) be so close as to constitute a hazard. At that point, like it or not you'd be required to yield, regardless of whether or not you had completed your turn. The only way you are right (again, granting your incorrect definition of oncoming) is if you can somehow complete your turn before the other vehicle begins to move. Like when there is a turn arrow...

There is no world in which your turn is actually legal, sorry. The yinzer lack of sense, vocal defense of it and propensity to give the finger when thwarted in the attempt is mostly sad and occasionally troubling. In Robinson, for example, you'd think people would realize that they are surrounded by out-of-towners who dont't know about the thing.

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Posted by Out of Towner in Robinson on 06/26/2014 at 8:50 PM

Re: “When the Port Authority takes delivery of new buses, what happens to the old ones?

There is so much wrong with this article... so much

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Posted by sowrite411 on 06/18/2014 at 4:13 AM
Posted by Darryl Mcclung on 05/03/2014 at 7:56 AM

Re: “Green Routes: Can we talk about our environmental woes in a way that actually leads us to fix them?

As the writer of the essay who is mentioned in your last paragraph, I am happy to see that you are having this conversation and raising these questions. While I think its unfortunate, I do believe that most people don't tend to change behaviors based on facts. If that were true, we would have begun aggressively reducing our oil consumption years ago. Sadly, it's only when their emotions are engaged and it becomes personal that most people act. I think when we start to see cities submerge in the rising sea levels and people lose their homes, suddenly they will want to fix the problem urgently (perhaps too late), because then they will be feeling it, not just processing it cerebrally. Working at The Marine Mammal Center, I saw that so clearly. People didn't take action when they were merely shown the alarming statistics on agricultural chemical fertilizer runoff causing toxic algae to bloom in the ocean. I had to translate that into "The fish you eat are poisoned, and this toxic algae can literally disintegrate parts of your brain when you eat them. Here, look at this upsetting video of a sea lion having a seizure. FYI, this can happen to you, because we eat the same fish they do." I think it was perhaps too subtle a gesture for people to have picked up on, but one of the things I hinted at here and there in the essay was all of the plastic they were using to clean up the oil spill (bags, tarps, boxes to carry birds, police tape, etc.), because ironically, plastic is everywhere, and it represents our total reliance on petroleum. Using massive amounts of plastic to clean up an oil spill shows a lack of connection between the root of the problem (our reliance on petroleum) and the problem, the oil spill. I agree with you completely that saving some birds and cleaning up environmental disasters is not going to fix the problem. That's why the self-congratulatory "always ready" slogan of the first responder bothered me. It's a false sense of accomplishment, made absurd by the liberal use of plastic and driving around on gasoline-powered tractors. And even so, I don't think anyone will stop using plastic or gasoline until they personally feel something- fear, sadness, worry. Think about an intervention for someone addicted to drugs. The rational knowledge of what the drug does to the organs and that the addict could die from his/her use doesn't tend to work. What works is getting them to feel *emotional* consequences (not having access to their children, not letting them back in the house, etc.) Sadly, I think humans need the equivalent of an intervention to change our addiction to oil, to our cheap disposable possessions, to easily accessed food and water.

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Posted by Mieke on 04/19/2014 at 10:38 PM

Re: “What are the requirements for being on Pittsburgh City Council?

wasn't the fact that district council#6 robert daniel lavelle being under court jurisdiction i.e.ard program in the same year he ran for office a violation of article #8 and though there was record that his imposed sentence of 1 year probation had expired .there was no record of him having completed his condition of community service

Posted by Jeffrey Dunmore on 04/15/2014 at 5:57 AM

Re: “Savage Love

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Posted by Miranda on 04/11/2014 at 12:28 AM

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