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Point Park unveils Center for Media Innovation plans

By Lucy DeFruscio, Point Park News Service: Point Park University unveiled the floor plans of its new state-of-the-art learning center Wednesday morning during a press conference held at the location of the new Center for Media Innovation. The Center will be located at the corner of Wood Street and Third Avenue in the space of the former Nathan’s Famous Hot... Read More

One neighborhood’s uphill struggle for identity

By Connor Mulvaney, Point Park News Service: Irma Coy’s happy childhood memories of growing up in the Hill District, once one of the most vibrant African-American neighborhoods in America, still brings a smile to her face despite her worries for her and her neighbors’ futures after the second wave of sweeping redevelopments in 50 years hit the Lower Hill District.... Read More

Mon Valley ghost towns left with crime, decay

By Megan Guza, Point Park News Service: The roads into Donora were built for traffic. The four lanes of state Route 837 meet the Monessen Bridge that once carried bustling amounts of both foot and automobile traffic. But now, not many people have reason to come to this town 30 miles south of downtown Pittsburgh, says resident Edith Jericho, surrounded... Read More

Ice cream shop funds dreams

By Leeza Tokarski, Point Park News Service: Armed with an idea for a personal training facility and business cards, Greg Johnston got his start by scooping ice cream in a Downtown store that uses the frozen delicacy to help incubate ideas and businesses. Johnston became a dreamer, a member of a cadre of would-be entrepreneurs who earn money for projects... Read More

Lawrenceville brewer brings worldly tastes to ‘Burgh

By Lauren Dantella, Point Park News Service: Pumpkin spice beers, the hoppiest IPAs and other creative concoctions are outdoing one another as the latest fad in the still-growing craft beer industry – but one local brewer isn’t buying it. “I just want to use quality ingredients to bring fresh, local beer to my neighborhood,” said Steve Sloan of Roundabout Brewery. After... Read More

Local crowd-funding website helps ‘Hatch’ ideas

By Akasha Chamberlain, Point Park News Service: Street performers playing at busy city thoroughfares, doggie waste bag receptacles installed around Downtown, local restaurants relocated: Any community projects that Pittsburghers dream up can now move one step closer to reality. Local residents can take a more active stance in community projects through the first Pittsburgh-exclusive crowd-funding website created by the Pittsburgh... Read More

Artists brew up new home for collaboration

By Joel Anderson, Point Park News Service: The once-abandoned Duquesne Brewing Company building in South Side hasn’t produced beer since 1972. But art has been on tap there since the 1990s. “The Brew House started (with) artists who were living and working in the building,” said Tim Kaulen, president of the Brew House Association, a non-profit organization that remade the... Read More

Mom and Pop-Up Shop puts creativity on display

By Emily Bastaroli, Point Park News Service: Amid the bars, restaurants and tattoo parlors on Pittsburgh’s South Side, residents have taken over an empty storefront at 1711 Carson St. Colorful chandeliers hang from the ceiling. Shiny multi-colored glasses in blue and orange sit atop handmade wooden tables. Graphic T-shirts printed with unique Pittsburgh images are folded on the ledge in... Read More

Highland Park business owners welcome growth

By Emily Balser, Point Park News Service: The pounding of hammers and the whir of drills are among the sounds residents now hear when walking down Bryant Street in Highland Park. The street has been in a state of rehabilitation and development for the past few years, and it shows no signs of slowing down as crews work on several... Read More