Plus, how redrawing district lines can affect you.
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🚲 Yes, Pittsburghers actually do want more bike lanes.

Plus, how redrawing district lines can affect you.

Welcome to Wednesday, Pittsburgh.

Have you read The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by local author Deesha Philyaw yet? (It’s on my list!) Deesha won three major literary awards over the past year, and the book is currently being adapted for a series by HBO Max.

But if you haven’t read the book, at least read this article Deesha wrote for Bloomberg CityLab: “The Not-So Secret Lives of Black Pittsburgh Women.” It’s a really important piece that illustrates the struggles of Black women in our city. Out of dozens of cities in a 2019 study, Pittsburgh ranked at or near the bottom in economic, educational, and health outcomes for Black women.

Deesha wrote in the article: “These findings were met by a collective ‘duh’ from Black folks here. The research confirmed not only what we already know, but what we feel: Pittsburgh is not for us. Our lives, our successes, our well-being don’t matter here, despite the fact that Pittsburgh’s city council declared racism a public health crisis in 2019.”

We see it in the 9% loss in total Black population in the city from 2009 to 2018, as well as in some neighborhoods that have lost as much as one-third of their Black population. And we see it in Deesha, who despite finding success while living here, sees no reason to stay.

Deesha’s experience is not an anomaly. Read “Pittsburgh is America’s apartheid city” by Jerry Dickinson and “The Least Livable Body In America’s Most Livable City,” an essay by author Damon Young about his mother’s life and death in Pittsburgh.

We love this city, and that means taking a hard look at the damage done to so many residents. I hope you keep this very real and unfortunate fact in the focus of your lens as you navigate the narrative of our city. Now let’s move on to today’s news.

What Pittsburgh is talking about

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4 things to know today

🗳️ Pittsburgh was the 35th stop on the road for The Great Pennsylvania Voteswagon Tour of 2021, a one-time visit that draws attention to the redistricting process and the harmful impacts gerrymandering can have on fair elections. This is especially important to Pennsylvania, which will lose a congressional seat in the House of Representatives this year. (Pittsburgh City Paper / Spotlight PA)

  • ➡️ Quotable: In regards to the impact redrawing district lines can have on Pennsylvanians, Committee of Seventy CEO David Thornburgh said: “From determining who represents you in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C., to distributing funding, to ensuring that elected officials actually represent the needs of the communities in which they live — how and who draws our lines matter.” (Pittsburgh City Paper)

🚲 A new poll shows that most Pittsburgh voters are actually not opposed to bike lanes (despite the older yinzers you may know griping at the traffic change). In fact, city residents are eager to see safe streets with more investment in transportation, bike, and pedestrian infrastructure. This is a good sign, considering Pittsburgh is adding hundreds of miles of new bike lanes to its existing networks. (90.5 WESA)

💉 Pittsburgh shelters are struggling to vaccinate people experiencing houselessness in the community after having to switch gears from their single-shot strategy when the administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was paused by the USDA and CDC. While the single-shot vaccine is again approved for use, this doesn’t solve the problem for unsheltered residents who will need to return for their second dose of either Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. (TribLIVE)

🚗 Spot a stranded vehicle in your neighborhood? Now’s the time to call 311 or fill out an online request form. The City of Pittsburgh just started an abandoned vehicle blitz to help clear the blight. (90.5 WESA)

4 things to make you smile

🌟 You can catch a Pittsburgh CLO performance at Heinz Field this summer with a two-show Summer Under the Stars series in July, featuring “The Wizard of Oz'' and an original musical revue, “A Broadway Musical Celebration.” CEO of Pittsburgh CLO Van Kaplan said: “There’s no place like home, or the home field.” (TribLIVE)

🌸 Take a behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Hidden Life of Trolls, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden’s immersive exhibit featuring animatronic characters of mythological creatures. (NEXTPittsburgh)

🚲 Walk Ride Northside is making a smoother ride for community bikers with their new program “We Like Bikes!” that will provide racks and repair toolkits at local small businesses for convenient use. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

🐕 Meet Pittsburgh’s pet of the week, Samson, a three-year-old beautiful brindle Mastiff/Boxer mix at Animal Friends. He’s 61 pounds, super smart, and needs a family who will work on his training. (Pittsburgh Magazine)

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🎭 Get inside the writings of Virginia Woolf with City Theatre's digital production of ROOM(Online)

✍️ Draft more inclusive job descriptions with the Pittsburgh Arts Council (Online)

🧘 Enjoy an Introduction to Hatha Yoga practice in the park (Summer Hill)


🎷 Celebrate Duke Ellington’s 122nd birthday with a night of jazz broadcast from the Alphabet City stage (Online)

🎶 Listen to Ghanaian pianist, composer, and visual artist Samuel Boateng in Sunsum is Spirit with New Hazlett Theater (Online)


🛍️ Shop local at Handmade Arcade Virtual Marketplace featuring over 60 innovative Pittsburgh-based makers (Online)


💛 Support local makers at the first Lawrenceville Pop-Up Market of the season at Radiant Hall and Ice House Studios (Lawrenceville)

🛍️ Shop local at Handmade Arcade Virtual Marketplace featuring over 60 innovative Pittsburgh-based makers (Online)


🍏 Discover veganism within Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Island Communities with the Pittsburgh Vegan Society (Online)

🛍️ Shop local at Handmade Arcade Virtual Marketplace featuring over 60 innovative Pittsburgh-based makers (Online)

One more thing …

It's almost time to vote, and we know ballot questions can sometimes be confusing. Do your homework before you get to the polls with Spotlight Pa's ballot question voter guide.

We'll be sharing more voting resources with you in the coming weeks.

See you back here tomorrow.

— Francesca at The Incline

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