Plus, Incline readers share what they’re thankful for this year.

❄️ Become a Snow Angel and help your neighbors in need during ‘slippy’ season

Plus, Incline readers share what they’re thankful for this year.

By Francesca Dabecco

It’s Tuesday, Pittsburgh.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend in the city and had a chance to check out Light Up Night. I didn’t attend the annual festivity, but I did see the tippy top of the fireworks display from my porch on the North Side. (If only I could cut down that one tree in the way of my view!)

It’s Thanksgiving week which means a short week for us — The Incline will be taking a break from your inboxes on Thursday and Friday. Don’t miss us too much — we’ll be back on Tuesday.

As for today, we’re catching you up on the news and taking a moment to reflect on what we’re thankful for this year — like you, our devoted readers in the 412.

Scroll for some good vibes & thankful messages from our readers and followers. Then come back tomorrow for the launch of our 2021 holiday gift guide!

What Pittsburgh is talking about


Pittsburgh is ✨ shining ✨ this time of year. | Be sure to tag #theinclinepgh to be featured in our Instagram of the Day (📸: @_codypatterson)

5 things to know today 

🚫 Pittsburgh City Council introduced a single-use plastic ban yesterday in an effort to reduce plastics pollution and litter. The bill, introduced by City Councilor Erika Strassburger, cites a March study by PennEnvironment that found microplastics in 53 Pennsylvania waterways, including all three of Pittsburgh’s rivers. The ban would apply to supermarkets, restaurants, food trucks, and department and clothing stores. (90.5 WESA)

  • Quotable: “This plastic bag ban is really just one step in Pittsburgh’s march to a healthier, more sustainable future. Away from the polluting, throwaway society [that] we have become all too accustomed to.” — Erika Strassburger

📝 Now that President Biden has signed the infrastructure bill, you can help improve broadband access in southwestern Pennsylvania; all you have to do is fill out this survey about the quality of internet access in your area. The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, who is leading the study with CMU and Allies for Children, said that the amount of funds Pittsburgh will receive depends on its level of need. (90.5 WESA)

❄️ Are you looking for a way to give back this season? Grab a shovel and volunteer as a “snow angel” by clearing and salting sidewalks for neighbors in need. The Snow Angels Program has grown to serve more than 350 Pittsburghers in the last year, a valuable service for those who risk hurting themselves during “slippy” season. Volunteers can contact the city’s response line at 311, call (412) 255-4773, or fill out an application. Residents who are 60 and older or have a disability are eligible for the free service. (TribLIVE)

🎢 A classic is bouncing back: The Kangaroo will return to Kennywood in 2022. The ride, which debuted six decades ago and was the inspiration for the amusement park’s marsupial mascot, has long been considered a rite of passage for generations of riders. It will return next year with total refurbishments like all-new LED lighting, a fresh paint job, and a state-of-the-art operating system that still provides the classic “Flying Coaster” feel. (

🚒 How would you restore the historic Engine #39 Troy Hill Firehouse? The building, designed by architect Joseph Stillburg and built in 1901, could soon be transformed from a parking garage into a main asset in the neighborhood’s commercial corridor, and the Urban Redevelopment Authority wants your ideas about making it happen. The space is two stories and has a basement with a minimum sale price of $353,700. The URA is accepting proposals until Monday, Dec. 6. (NEXTPittsburgh)

✨ It’s good to be a citizen of the Steel City


We asked, and you came back with all the feel-good, grateful messages. Here’s what The Incline readers and followers said they are thankful for this year:

“I'm thankful for our mail carrier, Joe, who delivers the mail in our corner of Squirrel Hill no matter the weather. He helps us feel a little more connected to the greater world, especially on those days we feel alone.” — Boaz F.

“​​I'm most thankful that we moved my 88-year old mom from Florida to assisted living in Pittsburgh. She is so much better not living alone and I can see her all the time to play cards and manage her daily affairs.” — Carrie G.

“This year, I’ve been ridiculously thankful for my local Buy Nothing, Sell Nothing Facebook group. I’ve met so many incredible neighbors through conversation and gives, received and gotten rid of so much stuff that might have been destined for the landfill, and even found a new home for one of my mom’s cats after she passed away suddenly last December. I am so grateful to have found this amazing community. Check on Facebook if your neighborhood has its own page, I highly recommend joining it!” — Caedyn B.

“We have moved away now, but I’m so thankful that I grew up surrounded by green trees, grass, and wildflowers and had Mr. Rogers to watch with our little girl everyday… Colorado is dry dry dry and finding a river is almost impossible” — Marcia S.

“Thankful for the resumption of theater! CLO, Benedum, Byham, Heinz Hall, and all the rest! — Carol E.

“I am thankful that Pittsburgh has the great hospitals we have. They saved my life.” — Leanne N.

“I am grateful for the young people moving to Pittsburgh bringing vitality to this old town. the new restaurants, music venues, and art installations keep making Pittsburgh a wonderful place to live.” — Joanie C.

“Working from home with my own bathroom 🚽😎” — @1wheelken

💛 You can read the rest of this reader-submitted roundup over on our website. Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to write out why they are thankful to be citizens of the Steel City. We are endlessly grateful for you.

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🐽 Grab your omnivorous pals and celebrate the opening of Salty Pork Bits at 5308 Butler Street (Lawrenceville)

🍅 If you’re in need this season, pick up free produce at the Millvale Community Center (Millvale)

🧀Create a festive fall charcuterie board for your Thanksgiving gathering at “Boarding School” (Strip District)


🍾 Cheers at Market St. Block Party with fire pits, Twisted Tea hot cocktails, and more (Downtown)

🎶 Dance your heart away at the 4th annual Black Wednesday party at Spirit, featuring live bands and performances on both floors (Lawreceville)

🍕 Eat vegan friendly food at Threadbare Cider House’s 4th annual Spare the Turkeys dinner in partnership with Humane Animal Rescue (Spring Garden, North Side)


👟Support local food banks and get running (before you get stuffed) at the YMCA Turkey Trot (North Shore)


🛍️Skip big-box stores and shop from local Black-owned businesses at The Black Market: Holiday Edition (Downtown)

✨Get lost in dazzling display at Laser Holiday Magic at Carnegie Science Center’s Buhl Planetarium (North Shore)

🎄 Put on your best ugly sweater as Kennywood tries to break the record for World’s Largest Sweater Party (West Mifflin)

🚙Stay cozy in your car and admire the lights aglow at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium (Highland Park)

One more thing…

Feeling good after those thankful notes from your neighbors? I am too.

This year, I’m so grateful to have become the Director of The Incline, a space where Pittsburghers near and far come together to feel more connected to the city we all know and love. Pittsburgh means so much to me, and I feel a real sense of duty in uplifting local journalism and engaging the public in stories that matter. We can all feel like more engaged citizens when we actively pay attention to what’s happening in our community, and I’m just so thrilled to be a meaningful link in your connection to the ‘Burgh. Yinz are the absolute best.

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the launch of The Incline’s 2021 Gift Guide!

💛 412 forever,

 Francesca at The Incline

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