Plus, your bus commute just got a whole lot easier.
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👻 Is Pittsburgh creeping with g-g-g-ghost signs?

Plus, your bus commute just got a whole lot easier.

By Francesca Dabecco

Welcome to Wednesday, Pittsburgh.

What’s black and gold, stands tall in its roots, and can never get enough sunshine? 

If you said Pittsburgh, you guessed correctly. But don’t forget about the sweet familiar sunflower. 😉🌻😉

If you’re up for some flower pickin’ fun this week, head about an hour south of Pittsburgh to the Schwirian Farm Sunflower Festival. Or, you can stop right down the road at Triple B Farms in Monongahela to pick sunflowers and have all proceeds go to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. 

And hey, we got to picking too — picking the news for you. Scroll on for today’s headlines about what’s popping up around the ‘Burgh. Plus, take a peep at the latest game of I Spy for our Incline Insiders.

What Pittsburgh is talking about

Pittsburgh pollinators. | Tag #theinclinepgh to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @anthroliz)

4 things to know today

🚡 The Port Authority is floating the idea of using aerial cable cars to link the Hill District and Strip District. The project is proposed under NEXTransit and represents a culmination of two years of public meetings as well as thorough planning. The estimated cost of the aerial cable car project is between $168 million and $216 million. The agency will hold another series of meetings before the board votes on the final plan in September. You can read more about the plan in the first public draft. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

  • Quotable: “It definitely is going to be bizarre. There are lots of weird corridors (throughout the route)...It’s really going to be a design challenge.” — Amy Silbermann, director of planning and service development.

💵 The Pittsburgh City Council passed a $335 million spending plan using federal coronavirus aid yesterday with an 8-1 vote. Councilwoman Deb Gross was the only “no” vote; she and other critics objected on the grounds that there was not enough time for public input. According to 90.5 WESA’s article on the vote, dozens of activist groups sent a letter to city council on Monday urging that it “pause any committed planned use of funds [beyond] the immediate needs of our city. Additional votes are scheduled on different parts of the package in the days ahead. (90.5 WESA)

🌿A recent Pitt study reveals that legalizing marijuanna for recreational use could lead to fewer opioid-spurred health emergencies and overdose deaths. In California, Nevada, Maine, and Massachusetts, opioid-related emergency visits dropped by 7.6% within a year of legalization. (TribLIVE)

  • Quotable: “It suggests that recreational cannabis legalization could be an effective tool to help not only reduce opioid use but also to reduce the health implications that stem from opioid use, one of them being overdoses. That’s potentially exciting and promising.” — Coleman Drake, assistant professor in Pitt’s Department of Health Policy and Management.
  • Related: Early data from Overdose Free PA suggests that 2020 was the second most deadly year for overdose deaths in Allegheny County ever, and opioids are only getting cheaper. (PublicSource)

🚎 Your bus commute just got a whole lot easier. Ready2Ride, Port Authority’s new mobile ticketing app, will launch this August. Don’t have a smartphone? That’s okay. Soon enough riders who pay in cash will be able to get unlimited transfers for up to three hours when the agency’s new fare policy takes effect. However, the app won’t roll out for light rail riders for another six months. (90.5 WESA)

4 things to make you smile

🌱 Look out for to a new Pittsburgh YouTube show, “Heating Up”. The project combines plant-based cooking with social justice conversations between journalist Natalie Bencivenga and youth-climate activist Leandra Mira. The 10-episode series is supported by the Heinz Endowments, 412 Food Rescue, and other community members. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

📸 Get a glimpse of Pittsburgh’s past with hidden ghost signs. You can see their worn letters on the sides of brick buildings all across town as they paint a picture of what used to be in the Steel City. This article uncovers the story of ghost signs in the Strip District, Wilkinsburg, Lawrenceville, North Side, and Downtown. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

  • Related: This story makes us miss The Incline’s former director, Rossilynne Culgan, who is the eye behind the Instagram page @ghostsigngrrl.

😋 Fixing to find some pierogis? Of course you are; you’re a Pittsburgher! You ‘butter’ buckle up, because our friends over at Good Food Pittsburgh just published their Ultimate Pittsburgh Pierogi Roadtrip. (Good Food Pittsburgh)

🌊You can’t love Pittsburgh rivers without loving the the creeks (or “cricks”) too. Check out this list of 10 beautiful spots to take a splash in. (NEXTPittsburgh)

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☕ Learn how to market your side hustle with Emily Bezak, owner of Emily Bezak Writes and Founder of Marketers in PJs, at Marketing Pittsburgh's Coffee Break (Online)

🖍️ Get your craft on at Sprezzatura’s Punch and Munch monthly Punch Rug meetup (Millvale)

🍻 Attend one of the Burgh’s hottest happy hours to spark conversations with founders, developers, designers, storytellers, and investors in the startup community (Downtown)

🖼️ Get artsy at Ketchup City Creative’s For Grownups: Let’s… Collage (Sharpsburg)

🌱 Learn all things vegetation and planting with your little one at the Phipps Kids Plant Club. Kids can pick up a plant kit full of 10 garden-ready plants and then tune into a virtual class (Online)


🍾 Head to Mellon Square for music, food, and drinks at Summer at the Square Block Party (Downtown)

🎉 Visit Baron Batch's The Residency to celebrate the impact 412 Food Rescue has had on food insecurity and waste in Pittsburgh (South Side)

🎵 Enjoy live music while supporting Magee-Womens Research Institute, local farmers and artisans at Tunes at the Terminal by Women Who Rock (Strip District)

🎢 Bring your little one to Kennywood’s Kidsfest through Saturday to meet their favorite characters, ride rides, and enjoy kid-friendly activities (Kennywood)


👟 Take your place for the Fleet Feet Liberty Mile, Pittsburgh’s only night time road race (Downtown)

🎵 Enjoy local music from Joe Keyes and the Late Bloomers, Byron Nash, and Buscratesl at Music on the Mon (South Side)

🎤 Experience the emerging talent of the Hans and Leslie Fleischner Young Artists Program at Piazza in the Park, the first of their three series outdoor performances (La Roche University)


🌳 Help “redd up” city parks with the Pittsburgh Street Stewards (Highland Park)

🏁Attend the country’s only vintage race held on city streets at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Saturday and Sunday (Schenley Park)

🌊 Discover the science behind Pittsburgh’s three rivers at H2Oh! River Weekend at Carnegie Science Center (North Shore)

🖍️ Join other makers, creators, and social change agents for auctions, activities, performances, and more at Make It Mythical at MakerDate (Bloomfield)

🎤 Make a day of the outdoor concert series, Jam on Walnut with live music, shopping, and food (Shadyside)

💛 Browse local makers, artists, and small businesses while enjoying good eats and drinks at the Lawrenceville Pop Up Market (Lawrenceville)


🛍️ Shop from more than 20 local vendors at the Pittsburgh Pickers Vintage Market hosted by Spirit (Lawrenceville)

🌻 Walk through the blooms at the Wilkinsburg Garden Tour, featuring free seeds, refreshments, and activities (Wilkinsburg)

🇮🇹Celebrate Christmas in July at the Feast of the Seven Fishes with DiAnoia's Eatery (Strip District)

👟 Exercise around the streets of Hazelwood at OpenStreetsPGH’s mini event with live music, great food, beer garden, and more (Hazelwood)

One more thing …

First question: Are you afraid of heights? 

If not, second question: Want to see Pittsburgh from a new perspective?

Here’s your chance! You can rappel the Henry W. Oliver Building on Smithfield St., and it’s all for a good cause. Easterseals of Western & Central Pennsylvania, a nonprofit that serves children and adults with disabilities, is partnering with Over The Edge Global to host this exciting fundraising event on October 15. 

Do you dare to scale a Steel City skyscraper? If so, you’ll be able to at a good rate: Registration is just $50 per person.

See yinz back here tomorrow!

— Francesca and Zoey at The Incline

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