Plus, resources to support the AAPI community.
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🤓 Pop quiz: What do you know about Pittsburgh steps?

Plus, resources to support the AAPI community.

It’s Friday, finally...

Here at The Incline, we have a deep love for our city — and everyone in it. But we can’t claim our love without fighting against hate.

The attacks in Atlanta this week killed eight people, six of them Asian women. And while this happened far from Pittsburgh, it reflects a larger, heinous trend of violence against Asians since the beginning of the pandemic. But of course, history shows it didn’t start then.

Pitt and Carnegie Mellon are working together to study and learn ways to stop the spread of extremist hate with the Collaboratory Against Hate Research and Action Center, which will be led by experts across a wide range of specialties: computer science, data science, social science, psychology, psychiatry, ethnicity, and more.

But how do we, as citizens of the city “stronger than hate,” make an impact?

The Pittsburgh chapter of Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance published a letter earlier this month asking for other organizations to stand in solidarity. For more ways to help, here’s a list of organizations worth donating to, and you can always order take-out from these Asian restaurants around town.

In other news today: More people will be eligible to receive a vaccine, a historical recognition long overdue, cookies that inspire, and a city step test you have to take.

What Pittsburgh is talking about

Spring ahead. | Tag #theinclinepgh to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @stillcityphotography)

3 things to know today

💉 Starting today, Allegheny County Health Department will expand vaccine eligibility to include people 50+ with certain medical conditions. Meanwhile, the region has its first drive-thru clinic in Cranberry Township, and three new clinics will be established in Ross Township, Oakland, and the Hill District in the coming weeks. (TribLIVE / 90.5 WESA / 90.5 WESA)

🤒 County Executive Rich Fitzgerald vetoed legislation to enact paid sick leave requirements. Fitzgerald said that the legislation, which passed by a large majority of Allegheny County Council members, is the responsibility of the county’s board of health, not the county council. (90.5 WESA)

🗺️ Pittsburgh’s Chinatown is finally being recognized with a state historical marker from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission after several attempts by the Pittsburgh Chapter of Asian Pacific American Advocates. (Pittsburgh Magazine)

3 things to make you smile

🍪 Watch this sweet video of Pittsburgh cookie activist Jasmine Cho sharing stories of inspiring women for a Women’s History Month event with the Kidsburgh Cookie Table series. Plus, here’s her sugar cookie recipe and how you can make a portrait cookie, too. (NEXTPittsburgh)

📝 Do you have a leg-up on Pittsburgh facts? Test your knowledge of Pittsburgh’s city steps with this quiz by Mis.Steps, Laura Zurowski’s project to visit and capture each of Pittsburgh’s 700+ outdoor staircases. (Mis.Steps)

😽 Rainbow is looking for her purrfect home. Meet this 4-year-old, black-and-white beauty, who is the Animal Friends Pittsburgh Pet of the Week. (Pittsburgh Magazine)

Help us help you

Today our members — a.k.a. Incline Insiders — are getting a weekend guide specially curated by us! It includes tips on self-care, delicious drinks, and a donut pop-up. Don’t miss out on next week’s edition.

Get in on the fun by becoming an Incline Insider today.


☘️ Tap your toes to the musical stylings of Colm Keegan, from Celtic Thunder, in this livestream with the Pittsburgh Irish Festival (Online)

🎭 Calling all educators: Learn practical ideas on how to enhance student engagement using basic drama methods at Prime Stage Theatre's All the World's a Stage: Creative Ways to Bring Your Lesson to Life (Online)

♻️ Help beautify Hazelwood in this seasonal winter clean-up (Hazelwood)

🌯 Support SHIM's March to Sack Hunger campaign by ordering Chipotle in the South Hills where proceeds go toward the campaign (South Hills)


📗 Discus the book "Veganism of Color: Decentering Whiteness in Human and Nonhuman Liberation" with the Pittsburgh Vegan Society (Online)

🎭 Spend a night at the theater (at home) with this one-act play "A Matter of Trust," with the Pittsburgh New Works Festival (Online)

🌳 Zumba in the park with Kemah — and bring the kids, too (Hazelwood)


🌟 Peek inside a Pittsburgh astronomer’s tiny house in this Doors Open Pittsburgh event (Online)

⏰ Make a plan for better time management at this workshop for Pittsburgh artists (Online)


📜 Learn from a local historian about how advertisers focused on women as mothers and caregivers at "'A Great Blessing to Women': Tonics, Temperance, and the 19th-Century Patent Medicine Industry" (Online)

📣 Listen to brave women as they tell their true, personal stories about overcoming the professional challenges, adventures, and mishaps that shaped their identities and careers at Ellevate Pittsburgh’s Story Slam (Online)

📚 Explore “The Jewish Record Collection on Ancestry” and pick up some research tips with this Heinz History Center workshop (Online)


🗣 Pick up some communication tips from local leaders in the field at this event hosted by the Communication Department at Chatham University (Online)

🌲 Experience "forest bathing," a practice to slow down, awaken the senses, and notice what’s new in nature at Frick Park (Squirrel Hill) (Frick Park)

One more thing …

Tell us you’re from Pittsburgh without telling us you’re from Pittsburgh. We posted this meme on social media, and yinz didn’t disappoint! Here are a few of your submissions … 

🏙️ Matt S. said “I used to take the city steps to get dahntahn.”

🍟 Karen C. said “French fries on my salad.”

➡️ Ireland R. said “When company’s coming, you better red up!”

Thanks for playing along. Enjoy the weekend, and see you back here on Tuesday.

— Francesca at The Incline

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