🚃 Right on track: this Pittsburgh company made the first electric locomotive
Plus, mark your calendars for Yinz Citizen, Oktoberfest, and more events this month.
By Francesca Dabecco
It’s Tuesday, Pittsburgh.
We’re chugging right along this week, catching you up on the headlines and what’s happening in the ‘Burgh. Today, we’re talking about the problem with home loan inequities in our city, celebrations honoring the life of Roberto Clemente, a local freight train innovation that’s combating climate change, the new golf center helping to make the sport more accessible, and much more.
Let’s go to press.
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4 things to know today
🏡 This report details lending inequities between Pittsburgh’s Black and white residents. In the words of Councilman Ricky Burgess, the 129-page report shows that “greedy institutions are literally starving” Black neighborhoods. The study — which is titled “Inherited Inequality: The State of Financing for Affordable Housing in Pittsburgh” — examined racial disparities in home mortgage lending following the 2008 recession and found that the city’s Black residents are less likely to get a mortgage for a home than white residents or people living in predominantly white neighborhoods. (TribLIVE)
⚾ Pittsburgh is celebrating the designation of Sept. 15 as “Roberto Clemente Day'' throughout Major League Baseball. Tomorrow also marks the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month; be sure to follow the link for more information on special activities and charitable events organized by the Clemente Foundation, City of Pittsburgh, the Pirates, and the Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation. ➡️ (TribLIVE)
🚃 Check out the first battery-electric locomotive built by Pittsburgh-based freight train manufacturer Wabtec. The company is on the right track for reducing carbon emissions: “When paired with traditional diesel engines, the battery-powered train reduced fuel consumption by more than 11% and led to an 11% reduction in carbon emissions,” according to 90.5 WESA. Wabtec is still working on technology to develop a zero-emission, hydrogen-hybrid locomotive that would cut emissions by 30% (or 120 million tons of CO2 per year), which would make transporting goods by rail both safer and cleaner for the environment. (90.5 WESA)
- Speaking of clean transportation, there are currently only two electric Port Authority buses on the road. While the program for the vehicles has received public support, it's going to take more local, state, and federal funding to get us up to speed on cutting fossil fuel emissions. (PublicSource)
🎃 Want to become a Scare Actor? How about a trick-or-treating trail guide? Kennywood and Idlewild are hiring more than 100 team members ahead of Halloween season, and both parks will host job fairs tomorrow afternoon. The fairs are opportunities for applicants to engage with park teams, enjoy tasty treats, and get a behind-the-scenes look at this year’s fright-filled events. (KDKA-TV)
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🏆 This Pittsburgh author is up for a prestigious award. Brian Broome released his memoir Punch Me Up to the Gods, a coming-of-age book about Blackness and masculinity in the Rust Belt, earlier this year. Now, the book is a finalist for the 2021 Kirkus Prize, one of the most prestigious awards for fiction, nonfiction, and young literature authors. (Pittsburgh City Paper)
⛳ The new Arnold Palmer Learning Center is in full swing at the Bob O’Connor Golf Course in Schenley Park. The state-of-the-art building features a 1,000-square-foot synthetic putting green, workout area, two Trackman simulators, as well as a conference and community space. The goal of the learning center is to create community accessibility and support the mission of First Tee Pittsburgh. (NEXTPittsburgh)
🎶 Groove to the music during the second annual Yinz Citizen virtual concert this Thursday. The lineup includes Joe Grushecky + The Houserockers, Josh Jams, Bill Toms Band, Musicians of PSO, Brandon Lehman of Swiss Army, Driving While Black Records, and many more. Proceeds will benefit 412 Food Rescue, an organization working to bridge the gap between food waste and hunger. As a tasty charitable bonus, you can pre-order a taco kit from Moe’s by noon today and 25% of sales will go back to nonprofit. (Yinz Citizen)
🍺 Cheers! Penn Brewery’s Oktoberfest is back for the next two weekends, serving up favorites like soft pretzels, sausage, pierogies, and more. There will also be live music and, of course, all the beer you could ever want. Ticket prices vary depending on your purchase package, so check out the following link and choose wisely. 👀 (Penn Brewery)