🏭 Pittsburgh got an “F” on its air quality test
Plus, progress towards a more eco-friendly city.
Welcome to Tuesday, Pittsburgh.
After reflecting on the life and legacy of Rachel Carson last week, it’s time we look to the future. On Saturday, I attended the screening of “The Power of One Voice: A 50-Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson,” co-produced by Patricia DeMarco, whom I had the pleasure of interviewing for last week’s feature.
One thing that became clear to me was Carson’s lack of enthusiasm for Pittsburgh after she left to study at Johns Hopkins University. While she came back to visit Chatham, she didn’t like spending a lot of time here. But it’s not really surprising considering that Carson watched her rural town of Springdale transform with the influx of industry. “I think it broke her heart,” DeMarco said.
So this left me thinking, “How can we make Rachel Carson’s spirit proud of Pittsburgh?”
Incline reader Paul K. wrote last week to tell us that this year is the 15th anniversary of naming the Rachel Carson bridge. “It may be time for a Rachel Carson Renaissance in her hometown,” he said.
Last week’s Earth Day announcements were a good start. The City of Pittsburgh and U.S. Steel have committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2050, and Mayor Bill Peduto used Earth Day to issue initiatives designed to achieve this goal. Plus, the United Mine Workers union announced its support of the transition to clean energy, and Michael Keaton is helping to bring a green construction plant to Pittsburgh, creating at least 300 low-carbon local jobs. (Go Birdman! Or Batman! Or whatever...)
The transition won’t be easy, but Pittsburgh is a resilient city that has worked hard to reinvent itself before. For the sake of our health and wellbeing, I am hopeful that we will do it again.
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What Pittsburgh is talking about
4 things to know today
🌬️Despite reporting its healthiest air quality ever this year, Allegheny County received an “F” grade from the American Lung Association’s 2021 “State of the Air” report for all three types of air pollution: Ozone and short- and long-term particulate matter. There’s still a lot of work to be done; Nationally, Southwestern Pennsylvania ranks 4th in air pollution-related deaths. (PublicSource)
📉 For the first time in six months, Allegheny County has posted a single-day COVID-19 case number below 100. The latest data shows that 31.1% of county residents are fully vaccinated and 52.1% have received at least one dose. (TribLIVE)
✔️ Pennsylvania has reauthorized the use of the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine after a national pause halted its rollout due to a series of blood clotting side effects found in some patients. The FDA and CDC determined that these incidents are extremely rare, and the vaccine is safe and effective. (PA Department of Health)
- 💉 Still need to get a vaccine? A new Vaccine Provider map is helping to connect the public with active vaccine locations in Allegheny County. The map is interactive and shows what type of vaccines they have available and which locations are accepting walk-ins.
🚫 Mayor Bill Peduto will introduce local-level hate crime laws this week. State and federal laws already include specific hate crime protections based on “ethnic intimidation,” but this legislation will go a step further, expanding protection to include “actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and disability.” (TribLIVE)
4 things to make you smile
♻️ Meet Pittsburgh’s can-crushing kids. Nine-year-old Teagan and seven-year-old Leo have taken more than 300 pounds of aluminum cans to Warhola Scrap Metal on Pittsburgh’s Northside for recycling, earning them a total of $130. (90.5 WESA)
🌼 Keeping with the recycling news, check out the 22 wildlife murals made out of aluminum cans on display throughout Sharpsburg. The birds, trees, and flowers were made by Lindsey Huff, who has been making eco-friendly art since 2016. (NEXTPittsburgh)
🎹 Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines, one of the most influential jazz pianists of the genre, will be celebrated by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission with a historical marker in his hometown of Duquesne. (TribLIVE)
- ➡️ Watch this clip of Hines’ signature piano style, which he formed during his time playing with Louis Armstrong.
📚 Take a peek inside the newly renovated Carnegie Library downtown, now including a second floor and a larger children’s and teen department. Kaycee Orwig captured the space at their grand reopening celebration. (Pittsburgh City Paper)
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🎭 Celebrate August Wilson’s 75th birthday at Art for August, an exhibition by 10 local artists with an awards ceremony, DJs, and free food truck meals at the August Wilson House (Downtown)
🌿 Take a botanical journey through North America and learn about the uses of weeds by indigenous communities with award-winning writer Justin Fornal and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (Online)
🎤 Learn about immigrant women singers from Turkey, Egypt, and Greece on early 20th century recordings at Vanka Mural Table Talks with the Center for Post Natural History (Online)
🎭 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)
One more thing …
📖 Did you celebrate Indie Bookstore Day on Saturday? If not, the good news is that it's always a good time to support your local bookstore. (Editor’s note: Please, Amazon doesn’t need any more of your money.) Our friends over at Very Local have you covered with an updated guide on all the independent bookstores in Pittsburgh.
My favorite indie bookstore? It has to be City Books, the oldest secondhand bookstore in Pittsburgh. It’s just a hop, skip, and a jump away from my home on the North Side. If yinz check it out, tell Arlan I sent you.
— Francesca at The Incline
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