Monday, March 10, 2008

Pittsburgh Blogs

I see that Brent at Peak Direction continues to offer great coverage of Pittsburgh public transit along with the occasional foray into transit around the world.
He's also linked to some interesting Pittsburgh blogs (including this one), so I too will point out a few:
Bike Pittsburgh covers anything that relates to biking in Pittsburgh (including national developments)
Pittsburghers Gretchen and Frank (both students, I think) give an interesting take on "The Blurgh" with occasional references to how it has changed since their parents' youth. (NOTE: It's set in a fictional future in which Pittsburgh is a better place.)
ClickNathan has his say about Pittsburgh issues and random other topics, like digital photography.
Green Is Good, based in Pittsburgh, looks at green energy here and elsewhere.
My Homewood reveals (among other things) that I could buy a house in Homewood (Pittsburgh's 13th Ward) for less than the new laptop will cost. Or I could go wild and spend $3700 for a different house. Um, I guess it's all "location, location, location." They look like pretty normal houses to me, not made out of Tinkertoys or covered in tarpaper.
Nullspace also notes the housing prices in Homewood.
Pop City focuses on technology, sustainability, development, and arts and culture here.
Pittsblog, by a local law professor, looks at a variety of local matters including an upcoming talk on intellectual property that sounds worth checking out.
Tube City Almanac's server wasn't working but maybe you can get through and find out what they offer...
Walking Pittsburgh explores different parts of the city and provides photos and history.
That's it for Pittsburgh blogs on Brent's list, but let's not forget Kristen's Procrastinating in Pittsburgh, and Tazza d'Oro, my neighborhood cafe, has its own blog. Tazza d'Oro is one of Pittsburgh's several (many?) special cafes. Unlike the cafes I haunt near school, it has a clientele of all ages and is an object of passionate devotion within the neighborhood. You can find knitting groups, writing groups, bicyclists, political organizers, students, mothers with small children, theater people, and entrepreneurs, and (in the warm weather, outdoors) dogs there. And now the big question: after I try (again) to order the new laptop, should I set off in the snow to Tazza, stay home, or go to the library?

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Blogger Kristen said...

Stay home. It's spring break for pete's sakes. You deserve a day off or two! (Yes, I did bring my work with me to Syracuse, but I'm taking a "nothing day" anyway.)

March 10, 2008 6:23 PM  
Anonymous Frank said...

Thanks for the shout-out! Just to clarify, The Blurgh is a fictional blog about two young people living in Pittsburgh 20 years from now--a Pittsburgh with a world-class transit system, a vibrant economy and opportunities galore. It's our little way of trying to be part of the solution.

Our About the Blurgh has more details.

Thanks again, and great site!

March 10, 2008 9:53 PM  
Blogger Karla said...

Frank--Ooh, even more fun! I saw the reference to 20 years in the future but it didn't quite click that the whole thing was a fictional future, since it does sound like something that could be going on now.

Kristen--hey, I did almost nothing academic all weekend. I have clean laundry, clean dishes, the living room floor is vacuumed, and numerous books have been shelved. Then again, I'm still pondering what to do about the bedroom blinds that fell off the wall onto me just before I left for CAA...

March 10, 2008 10:53 PM  
Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

Isn't the a blog about getting two tickets to Pittsburg?

March 12, 2008 4:08 PM  
Blogger Brent said...

Hey, thanks for the link. Tube City Almanac is a blog about McKeesport and the Mon Valley, where I'm from. For a "dying" old mill town it is a great blog with a lot of activity.

March 16, 2008 3:51 AM  
Blogger Karla said...

Glad to know I was just experiencing some server problems, not disappearance of something worthwhile.

March 17, 2008 1:17 PM  
Blogger ClickNathan said...

Yeah, Taza is something special, huh? I haven't been there in awhile and I've heard they've redone the interior (not that it'd have an effect on the atmosphere or anything) but I was always so struck by the variety of people in there, from 50-somethings out strolling the neighborhood to parents with young children to hipster cyclists. And the owner is so incredibly nice! The first time I met her, and I observed her doing this with other new encounters, she offered me up a free latte.

March 22, 2008 7:48 PM  

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