Plus, the stadium that could have been.
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💛 Neighbors don’t let neighbors go hungry

Plus, the stadium that could have been.

Welcome to Tuesday! 

Yesterday was International Women’s Day, but we’re always looking for ways to celebrate shining women at The Incline — and we have some ideas for you to look, listen, and learn from, too. 

Women from the Pittsburgh music community shared the female artists they are jamming to this month with WYEP. You can catch more than 100 photos from artist and activist Frida Kahlo’s private albums on display at The Frick Pittsburgh now until May 30. And NEXTPittsburgh featured a spotlight on 30 Pittsburgh women who uplifted their communities during the pandemic. We’d like to give them each a round of applause.

Also, this is my very first newsletter, and I’m so excited to be here with yinz. More on that below, but first the news: Members from Pittsburgh’s Crawfords and Homestead Grays are finally getting the recognition they deserve, a fascinating proposal for what our rivers could have looked like, a story of neighbors helping neighbors, and where you can get everything from baguettes to babka in the ‘Burgh.

What Pittsburgh is talking about

Pittsburgh's rainbow row. | Tag #theinclinepgh to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @lewisatlarge)

4 things to know today

Three Pittsburgh Negro League players are finally named major leaguers, and their stats are going in the record books. (WPXI)

🎬 Carnegie Mellon University researchers used AI to check social and gender bias in Hollywood and Bollywood films. Here’s what they’ve found so far. (90.5 WESA)

🏠 A Pittsburgh tech startup app, TwnSqr, is connecting homeowners with the perfect real estate agent to sell their abode. And it might just be perfect timing considering the region’s hot housing market. (NEXTPittsburgh / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

💛 Neighbors don’t let neighbors go hungry. This local family created a blessing box for their Penn Hills community, and now they supply boxes for more than 100 families per month. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

4 things to make you smile

🏟️ Who floated this idea? This 1958 archive of an architectural drawing shows a proposed stadium on the Monongahela River. We’re just glad to be on solid ground. (Heinz History Center on Twitter)

💐 Stop and smell the… recycling can? Someone brightened up Penn Avenue with a beautiful bouquet in the spot you’d least expect. (Fox and the Fleur on Instagram

🍞 Don’t loaf on this list of best breads in the ‘Burgh. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

❄️ It may feel like spring, but it’s still winter at snowy Seven Springs. (Seven Springs on Twitter)

Meet The Incline’s new director

Allow me to introduce myself ... (📸: Ryan Loew)

Hey there! I’m Francesca Dabecco, a lifelong Pittsburgher and the new writer behind your favorite Pittsburgh newsletter, and I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. So here goes … 

What made you decide to join The Incline team?

I am a writer with an endless curiosity for my city and the people and places that make it so special. I can’t think of anything better than bringing those stories straight to your inbox every morning.

What makes The Incline special?

When The Incline readers open their email, it’s like they are getting a letter from their neighbor, updating them on all the who’s who and what’s what in the ‘Burgh.

We are living in a time where we can feel really detached from our communities, and I think it is pretty invaluable to have a place where people come to feel more connected to their neighbors. There’s a lot of hope in that.

What are you celebrating in your life right now?

This job, of course! And my loved ones getting vaccinated. My 95-year-old grandma got her COVID-19 vaccine at PNC Park, and I think that’s worth raising the Jolly Roger for.

What local business do you think deserves a shoutout (and why)?

Adda Coffee and Tea House because I have never met a more intentional business owner than Sukanta Nag. Everything Adda does is with a focus on conversation, community, and connection. When the pandemic began, Sukanta made sure his team was taken care of by giving them new roles to keep them on payroll. Since then, he has grown Adda to support local small businesses through its Adda Bazaar community shop, as well as partnered with local organizations to fight food insecurities and so much more. Plus, they have a Sunday Showcase Series, a weekly livestream that features Pittsburgh musicians and supports local charities. 

➡️ Here’s more about me, and now I want to hear about you! What stories do you want to read here? Hit reply and let me know.

Help us power The Incline 

It’s my first week, so there’s still a lot for me to learn. But one thing I learned right away is how much The Incline values its members. Can you turn your readership into a membership and help us make this newsletter possible?

Join us as an Incline Insider today. 


🎞 Tune in for a screening of "So Long, My Son" as a part of the CMU International Film Festival — now through Friday (Online)

🍎 Join the Pittsburgh Vegan Society and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens for Consuming Compassionately (Online)

📜 Get a taste of what you might discover on the Lincoln Highway (psst: it probably tastes a bit like pie!) at this Remarkable Relics lecture (Online)


➡️ Tune in for a discussion of mental health strategies for cancer survivors and their loved ones with Pittsburgh's Cancer Caring Center (Online)

🤖 Join in on an in-depth panel discussion with Pittsburgh’s leading experts in robotics (Online)


🐸 Bring the sounds of spring into your home on this live virtual hike with a naturalist where you'll visit a wetland to experience amphibians on their annual return to their breeding grounds (Frick Park)

🇫🇷 Master the art of French cooking in this series with Phipps Conservatory taught by Chef Emily Larsen — three-part series (Online)


🇮🇪 Feel the music of some classic Irish tunes with the Pittsburgh Irish Festival's performance featuring Shane Hennessy (Online)

☘️ Grab a green outfit and get ready for the Shamrock Shindig, featuring Irish beer, Irish music, dancing, and demos to support local businesses (Online)


🇮🇹 Journey to Rome — from the comfort of your own home — in this virtual tour with Pittsburgh's Istituto Mondo Italiano (Online)

📜 Learn about the life of William Trent, one of the founding fathers of Pittsburgh, with a local re-enactor and author (Online)

🦁 Join the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium's veterinarian, Dr. Alicia Hahn, as she shares her story during "A Day in the Life" (Online)


☘️ Try your luck at a St. Patrick's edition of trivia night with the Group Against Smog and Pollution (Online)


⚖️ Be inspired by dramatic readings of the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's most monumental opinions and arguments from today’s acclaimed feminist voices at this Women and Girls Foundation event (Online)

📜 Get nostalgic and reflect on the lost treasures of Pittsburgh with The Incline's Rossilynne Culgan, who is writing a book about local history (Online)

One more thing …

There’s no such thing as a free lunch … but this discount is still a pretty sweet deal. 

Starting today, you can score 25% off at select Downtown restaurants with the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s Good Eat$ program, an effort to help establishments during the pandemic. Here's how it works. (I recommend ordering take-out from one of my favorites: a banh mi from Bae Bae’s Cafe. Thank me later.) 

Thanks for joining me, and I’ll see you back here tomorrow!

— Francesca at The Incline

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