💧 “What river have you crossed most?”
Plus, calling all Pittsburgh philatelists.
Oh hai, and welcome to Thursday.
"What river have you crossed most often in your lifetime thus far?" That was the question posed by Twitter user Robert Farley this week, and at 27,000 replies and counting it touched off a lively discussion about the waterways most of us take for granted.
Of course, Pittsburghers have more options than most (and this TribLIVE article made me rethink swimming in any of them).
Here's my answer to Farley's callout:
In Pittsburgh, I've crossed the Mon River most (via Liberty Bridge) because I live on Mount Washington. Runner-up is the Ohio River (via West End Bridge).
But as a native of Queens, New York, my lifetime answer is easily the East River (59th Street Bridge).
It took me an embarrassingly long time — like, until right now — to realize NYC technically has three rivers, too, but Pittsburgh definitely has way more bridges per capita, so yinz winz.
If you're interested in learning more about Pittsburgh's waterways, here's some archived coverage from our three rivers beat:
And here's what else we have for you today: How a Bridgeville man stormed the U.S. Capitol, developing development news, the Barefoot Pittsburgh Contessa, vexing vaccines, a members-only I Spy answer, and August Wilson's stamp peels out today.
What Pittsburgh is talking about
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4-ish things to know today
➡️ “IF TRUMP TELLS US TO STORM THE F — N CAPITAL (sic), IMA DO THAT THEN!” Kenneth Grayson, a Trump supporter and QAnon adherent from Pittsburgh's suburbs, posted these words to Facebook as he readied himself for the Jan. 6 "Save America" rally in our nation's capital. “I’m with a group going to fight, not hang out,” he added. On Tuesday, FBI agents arrested him at his home in Bridgeville because they say he followed through on the threat. The Philadelphia Inquirer has the story.
📊 The pool of vaccine-eligible Pennsylvanians is rapidly expanding. The supply? Not so much. Hospitals in western Pa. say there simply aren’t enough doses to meet the rising demand. State officials point to issues in the federal supply chain, while Gov. Tom Wolf's critics say Pennsylvania has administered less than 50 percent of the vaccine doses it already has on hand. 90.5 WESA has more here.
💻 Online learning will continue at least until April for Pittsburgh Public Schools students. The district's board voted last night to extend online learning to April 6, following days of impassioned public comment. District officials hope the new April target provides a long enough runway for all faculty to be vaccinated before returning to school buildings with students. Here's more on the decision, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- Related: We took a closer look at internet inequality in the age of online learning and the impacts facing unconnected or under-connected students. Read about it here.
🏗 There was a flurry of development and real estate news in Pittsburgh this week. Here's a quick roundup:
- A plan to turn a former Mount Washington Catholic school into condominiums got the green light from the city's planning commission this week. TribLIVE has more.
- Lots of people have feelings about the apartment building set to replace the Marathon gas station on Forbes Avenue in Oakland. Want to share those thoughts with the planning commission? Reporter Rich Lord tells you how.
- It's not just one apartment building — new development is surging in Oakland. The Post-Gazette has a map.
- Downtown's Wyndham Grand Hotel could be changing hands again as the current owner reports mounting losses during the pandemic and an occupancy rate at or below 20 percent. The P-G has the latest on the Downtown fixture.
4 things to make you smile
📚 Take a virtual tour of Mount Washington's newly renovated Carnegie Public Library branch. Here's your first look.
💛 The Community Takeout Program is helping struggling Pittsburgh restaurants and food-insecure families at the same time. Read about it here.
📬 Attention Pittsburgh philatelists: August Wilson's Forever Stamp is being released today. Pittsburgh Magazine has a look at the design and the Postal Service's Black Heritage series here.
🍽 How do you become celebrity chef and "Barefoot Contessa" Ina Garten's personal assistant? Pittsburgh native Lidey Heuck shared her story with the Post-Gazette.
🥳 Get in on the fun
Come spy with us.
Today our members — aka Incline Insiders — got the answer to an exclusive round of I Spy in their newsletters. That's it above, the U.S.S. Maine Memorial on the North Side.
Here's how it works: Yesterday we showed Insiders this closeup photo of the memorial and asked them to tell us where the photo was taken. The only clue we provided was this: "You'll need to head north to find this sight, but not nearly as far north as The Pine Tree State." (Maine is The Pine Tree State.) And today we revealed the answer, gave the winners a shoutout, and provided a brief history lesson about the sinking of the U.S.S. Maine in 1898, an event that touched off the Spanish-American War.
Into history? Think you know Pittsburgh and want to prove it?
Become an Incline Insider and get exclusive access to I Spy, life hacks, virtual events, hand-curated job and apartment listings, cool giveaways, and more. Get started here.
Things to do
Submit your events to our calendar.
🎧 Develop audio and interviewing skills in this free podcasting workshop geared toward Mon Valley teens — multiple dates (Online)
📸 Explore this history of African American hair culture with a new art exhibit at the Brew House Association Gallery — through March 6 (South Side)
🗳 Get ready to run for office with this non-partisan campaign training session for women — multiple dates (Online)
💌 Hand make your Valentine's Day cards with inspiration from this virtual Somerset County Library workshop (Online)
✍️ Polish that poem you're writing with help from the Pittsburgh Poetry Collective (Online)
Thursday, Feb. 4
🗞 Celebrate the 130th anniversary of the Women’s Press Club of Pittsburgh and the accomplishments of pioneering journalist Nellie Bly (Online)
One more thing ....
It's gonna be cold out there today, but City Paper has you covered with a solid list of where to find the heartiest of breakfasts to "cure your winter blues."
And don't forget: We're still hungry for your thoughts on the look and feel of our updated newsletter design. If you haven't shared yours yet, go here and tell us what we should know.
Thanks in advance for your input, and thanks for reading to the bottom. We'll see you back here tomorrow.