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🎄 Pitt engineering students built a gingerbread Cathedral of Learning

Plus, check out Pittsburgh’s newest standup comedy series in Millvale.

By Francesca Dabecco

Happy Friday, Pittsburgh.

Remember yesterday when I asked you for your best impression of Pittsburghers giving directions? This was my favorite — Brett from Hazlewood wrote in to share this gem of a post from 2018:


Frederick E. said: “Gimbels garage is full, so you’ll have to park where Saks used to be.”

Bow J. said: “Make a left at the Primantis, and once yinz see the giant pickle you know your dahn tahn.”

My pal Gina wrote in to share her navigation experience: “Past the parking chair, through the do-not-enter-one-way leading up to a rickety bridge, up the cobblestone alley, up one of the steepest roads in the country, u-turn… but that’s just the road through the South Side Slopes.”

Man, I love Pittsburghers. Thanks for giving me a laugh today!

Now, let’s take a look at today’s news…

What Pittsburgh is talking about


✨ It’s Christmas time in the city. | Be sure to tag #theinclinepgh to be featured in our Instagram of the Day (📸: @berksbr)

4 things to know today 

🏫 Pittsburgh needs to redraw its school board map to achieve racial balance, but it’s going to be tricky. According to the 90.5 WESA article, “the law requires the maps to honor key principles: To the greatest extent possible, districts must have similar populations, be drawn as compactly as possible, not to needlessly split up neighborhoods and other communities, and to seek ‘to best provide racial balance’ on the board.’” The commission has drafted three working versions of the map, which can be viewed on its website. A vote will likely be made at the third hearing on Jan. 3. (90.5 WESA)

🚨Pittsburgh City Council advanced a bill that would restrain police from making minor traffic stops. Incoming Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey supports the bill, saying that “much of the research suggests that many of these minor traffic stops can and do turn deadly for our citizens, especially our Black and Brown citizens, and they don’t necessarily lead to a safe outcome for our citizens or law enforcement.” The bill received only one no vote from Councilor Anthony Coghill. (90.5 WESA)

📣 Pittsburgh will get answers regarding the death of Jim Rogers before Mayor Bill Peduto leaves office in three weeks. The investigation into the death of Rogers, — who died after being tased by Pittsburgh police on Oct. 13, is near completion. The Allegheny County Police Department was tasked with investigating the incident and confirmed that it turned over its findings to the district attorney’s office. (TribLIVE)

🚍 Transportation advocates want to see Gainey take action on transit in his first 100 days as mayor. The Pittsburgh Port Authority has sought input from riders, people with disabilities, older adults, planning professionals, and community groups to create the Pittsburgh 100 Days Transit Platform, which identifies 18 policy changes that would improve people’s access to transit in Pittsburgh. (90.5 WESA)

4 things to make you smile

😂 The Funhouse Mirror Comedy Show at Mr. Smalls in Millvale is Pittsburgh’s newest monthly series for local standup comics. The recurring event hopes to highlight the wide array of talents and comedy styles practicing their craft in the city. It was launched in November by veteran comic Zach Funk, who will be hosting a show tomorrow, Dec. 18 with Cassi Bruno, Teresa Robers, and Harry Gilliland. (90.5 WESA)

📚 Former WTAE-TV reporter Kelly Brennen Culver just released a book about her daughter’s rare and life-threatening autoimmune disease. “Caroline’s Infusion Day “ takes readers through a day at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Infusion Center as Caroline, who just turned 4, receives treatment  for juvenile dermatomyositis. When Caroline goes for her next infusion in January, “ [She’s] going to pass out band-aids,” Brennan Culver said. “… and books.” (TribLIVE)

🍾 Need some goodies for a festive feast? Reporter Dani Janae has you covered with this list of entrees, desserts, and more from area restaurants, like a sticky pecan holiday wreath from Wild Rise Bakery and a Cranberry Street mixed drink from Goodlander Cocktail. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

🎄 Pitt engineering students built a gingerbread Cathedral of Learning this past week. Check out Cathy decked out in gumdrops and icing at the link. ➡️ (@pittofficial on Instagram)

🎁 Yinz could win…


Is someone on your gift list a “jag of all trades”? If you answered yes, then you need to buy this mug by LuluZ Design, a yinzer gift and fashion shop. In addition to the mugs, LuluZ Design has shirts, sweatshirts, beanies, and more with quippy motifs like “Always claudy in Pittsburgh,” “I would cross three rivers for you,” and “Won’t yinz be my neighbor?”

Luckily for you and the person you’re giving gifts to, Lindsey from LuluZ Design was generous enough to give away a  $25 gift card to her online shop in The Incline’s Holiday Gift-away!

🎁 There’s more where that came from — enter to win this and more local gifts featured in The Incline’s holiday gift guide.

The giveaway ends Tuesday, Dec. 21 at noon EST. Winners will be notified via the email they submitted their entry with — good luck!

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🎉Celebrate the holiday at the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Out of the Office Party (Oakland)

🎸Learn about the life and career of Pittsburgh’s most prolific music promoter Rich Engler at The Oaklander Hotel (Oakland)


🌲 Take part in season fun at Shiver on the River in Allegheny RiverTrail Park (Aspinwall)

😂 Have a night of laughs at How the Grinch got Roasted with Arcade Comedy Theater (Downtown)

❄️ Have a jolly good time at American Serbian Club of Pittsburgh’s Winter Wonderland Drag Bingo and Toy Drive (South Side)


🎄 Swing by the square for photos with Santa, face painting, personalized stockings, arts and crafts, holiday treats, and more (Bakery Square)

🔥 RESCHEDULED: Gather around the fire with some drinks and food at Grist House’s Fire Fest (Millvale)

🍷 Drink wine and listen to live music from guitarist Tim Baurle at Refucilo Winery (North Side)


🐦 Have a holiday brunch in the garden at the National Aviary (North Side)

🛍️ Shop from local makers at the Made & Found holiday market at Spirit (Lawreceville)

One more thing…

I hope yinz have a great weekend! See you back here on Tuesday for a short week before we take a break for the holidays.

— Francesca at The Incline

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