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Friday, November 30, 2018

Pittsburgh City Paper writers discuss this week's Health Issue on Pittsburgh City Podcast

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2018 at 4:59 PM

Pittsburgh City Paper writers Amanda Waltz and Jordan Snowden
  • Pittsburgh City Paper writers Amanda Waltz and Jordan Snowden
Why did we choose seasonal affective disorder as the focus of this year's Health Issue?

Go behind-the-scenes as Pittsburgh City Paper senior writer Amanda Waltz and staff writer Jordan Snowden discuss this week's Health Issue on the Nov. 30 edition of the Pittsburgh City Podcast. The journalists also answer questions from a live studio audience of students from McKeesport High School.

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Healthy Ride started with 50 docking stations in 2015; this week, they reached 100

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2018 at 2:44 PM


The Healthy Ride bikeshare program celebrated the opening of its 100th station Thursday at the corner of Penn Ave. and Winebiddle Street in Garfield. The installation of the Garfield station marks a milestone in expanding the Healthy Ride system further throughout the city. 

Pittsburgh Bike Share, based in the Strip District, has operated Healthy Ride since May 2015. This year the company worked to double its footprint with 50 new stations and 200 bikes. In addition to the two in Garfield, stations installed this summer and fall are in Bloomfield, Downtown, East Liberty, Friendship, Homewood, Larimer, Lawrenceville, North Side, Oakland, Strip District, Squirrel Hill, and Uptown.

The new stations are designed to be smaller than previous iterations, to make it easier to install in residential neighborhoods and decrease the number of parking spaces taken up by Healthy Ride docks. The typical new station holds six bikes, where older stations average spaces for 19 bikes.

“It’s all part of meeting the demands of Pittsburgh,” David White, Executive Director of Pittsburgh Bike Share said in a news release Thursday. “We’re not New York City or D.C., we’re Pittsburgh. We need more points for people to access bike share, but don’t need the mega stations that you see in America’s largest cities. We can take up less street and sidewalk space while still fulfilling the needs of neighborhood residents.”

Pittsburgh Bike Share plans to install 75 more stations by Spring 2019. Once online, the whole network has the potential to reach up to 170,000 individuals living within a quarter mile of a bike share station.

Choosing where to put new stations depends on several factors, including visibility, access to sunlight (most kiosks are solar-powered) and proximity to other stations. On its expansion website, Healthy Ride is accepting feedback and suggestions regarding new station locations. The network is designed for quick bike trips that take users from one station to the next in 30 minutes or less. 

“We’ll continue working with neighborhoods, installing new stations in 2019 to create quick connections so that thousands of people will only ever be a few minutes walk from jumping on a quick bike ride,” White said. “We think everyone should have access to short bicycle trips—that means installing new stations, but also increasing access to all, with easy options for Port Authority ConnectCard users, and options for low income residents.”

As City Paper reported in March,  part of the expansion into new neighborhoods is aimed at improving accessibility of the program to low-income riders. Healthy Ride kiosks allow users to tap Port Authority ConnectCards for free 15-minute rides  even if those riders don’t have a credit card.

Based on its expansion map, the next stations to pop up will be concentrated in the South Side, North Side, Larimer, and Hill District and are expected to be live in spring 2019. 

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Kyle Smith celebrates 20 years at WYEP with 100 song playlist

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2018 at 2:10 PM

Kyle Smith - PHOTO: WYEP
  • Photo: WYEP
  • Kyle Smith
Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary since Kyle Smith first appeared on the airwaves for 91.3 WYEP. In celebration of working at the station for two decades, Smith compiled a Spotify playlist featuring 100 songs - five songs for each of the 20 years he has spent at WYEP.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Ask Jessie

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2018 at 2:49 PM

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

A conversation with Pittsburgh City Paper cover artist Xiola Jensen

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2018 at 9:00 AM

  • Photo: Emily Herschl for clothing designer Juli Sherry
  • Pittsburgh artist Xiola Jensen
Xiola Jensen's Instagram account is full of sad girls. Sad girls with cats. Sad girls reading. Sad girls with birds. Sad girls surrounded by nature. Illustrations of sad girl after sad girl in beautiful pastel color palettes, accented with striking line art and patterns. They're dreamy and perfect and depressing all at once. "Is the artist OK?", you can't help but wonder.

Then, in the middle of the artwork, breaking up the illustrated teardrops, a photograph of Xiola smiling and dancing with friends, alive. A talented 22-year-old college senior, with a portfolio that would be impressive even for a seasoned professional.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Alternate Histories releases a monster of a book with Pittsburgh in Olden Times

Posted By on Tue, Nov 27, 2018 at 1:57 PM

Pittsburgh in Olden Times - PHOTO: MATTHEW BUCHHOLZ
  • Photo: Matthew Buchholz
  • Pittsburgh in Olden Times
Trying to find a special gift for the horror, sci-fi, or history fan in your life? Pittsburgh artist Matthew Buchholz has you covered, with his new book Pittsburgh in Olden Times (just in time for the holidays).

The 76-page, Kickstarter-funded book collects all of the Pittsburgh- and Southwestern Pennsylvania-centric pieces produced through Buchholz’s pop art company, Alternate Histories. The enclosed works depict zombies, aliens, and giant monsters causing havoc throughout Pittsburgh’s history. Also included are several new works and text. 

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Pittsburgh nonprofits who deserve your support this #GivingTuesday

Posted By on Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 11:36 AM

There's no greater feeling than having enough left over at the end of the year to give back to others this holiday season. But, if you're anything like me, your inbox this time of year gets filled with tons of emails from local charities, asking for donations on Tue., Nov. 27.

#GivingTuesday originated back in 2012 as an awareness campaign to counter the consumer spending of the holiday season. Last year alone, an estimated $274 million was raised online in the U.S.

Which Pittsburgh organizations deserve the cash this year? Well, if we're being honest, almost all of them.

We recommend browsing through the full list if you have time. Visit and type in your location to browse through a list of participating local organizations, broken down into types: corporation, faith-based organization, foundation, nonprofit, school, small business, and universities. Each lists their website so you can do your research before Tuesday.

Short on time? If you want to give, but don't have the time to look through all 300 of the local organizations participating, we've highlighted a few worthy nonprofits, broken down into categories, to get you started.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Which Thanksgiving food are you?

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2018 at 12:33 PM

They say you are what you eat. In the spirit of the season, find out what Thanksgiving food best represents your unique personality. Loosen that belt, grab a bib, and dig into our latest personality quiz!

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Monday, November 19, 2018

#MusicMonday Wrap-up: Nov. 19

Posted By on Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 12:39 PM

  • Photo from Frank Ocean's Instagram account
  • Frank Ocean

Every Monday, CP staff writer Jordan Snowden wraps up the weekend in local and national music news with #MusicMonday. Here's what happened in the past couple of days.

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Top 5 Light Up Night Alternatives

Posted By on Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 4:18 PM

Second Skin - September 21, 2018 - PHOTO: BECKIE GALENTINE
  • Photo: Beckie Galentine
  • Second Skin - September 21, 2018

Looking for something to do tonight that doesn’t include joining the masses of Pittsburghers at Light Up Night? You’re in luck. There are a plethora of shows and events taking place Friday night in the burgh. Here are five Light Up Night alternative to get you started.

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