When is a private space a public space? When it's a Privately Owned Public Space (POPS)
. In accordance with the planning codes of some cities, owners or builders of buildings are mandated to provide members of the general public access to spaces which include rooftop gardens, courtyards, and plazas. [more inside]
posted by larrybob
on Aug 31, 2012 -
From May 12, 1939 to June 30, 1949, a fleet of Stinson Reliants
were used for a unique form of mail pick-up and delivery: skyhooking
. Similar in notion to the mail-on-the-fly
and mail cranes
used along rail lines, the Reliants would fly low, deposit one load of mail and pick up the next
, without stopping, providing mail service to rural communities. The Smithsonian National Postal Museum has a 39 minute documentary presentation on YouTube
, but it's a guy talking over powerpoint slides, which is pretty dry. Instead, here is a modern news report with interviews of a skyhook pilot
and old newsreel footage.
posted by filthy light thief
on Oct 19, 2011 -
The Howling Mob Society. Looking out over the burning Strip District from the safety of his office in Pittsburgh's Union Station, Thomas Alexander Scott must have been humbled. Only days before, as president of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Scott famously suggested that impoverished and striking railroad workers be given “a rifle diet for a few days and see how they like that kind of bread.” Now, with the local Pittsburgh militia all but mutinied and the State Militia rapidly retreating, he must have wondered if his hard-line stance had backfired… [more inside]
posted by damnthesehumanhands
on Dec 3, 2007 -
The Iron City Houserockers
were Pittsburgh's entry in the Heartland Rock Sweepstakes that occured after the success of Bruce Springsteen and Bob Seger. They had literate lyrics, tough rock and roll backing, and clear-eyed vision. Led by Joe Grushecky
, a special ed teacher by day, produced by Miami Steve Van Zandt of the E Street Band, and possessed of tunes like "Junior's Bar"
(youtube), they seemed poised to hit the big time, but it never quite happened, which is the music audience's loss. He is, however the subject of a loving tribute in the form of "A Good Life: The Joe Grushecky Story"
posted by jonmc
on Oct 15, 2007 -
FM morning radio show comedy at it its finest. Of course, in Pittsburgh we appreciate the finer things in life. Sadly, this is the only episode I could find on the web.
posted by Recockulous
on Sep 25, 2002 -
Bikes and cars don't mix.
At least, according to the author of this column. As someone who cycles for fun and commuting, I was alternately amused by his anti-bike spewing and terrified that he's a case of road rage waiting to happen. Remind me never to bike in Pittsburgh.
posted by RakDaddy
on Jul 24, 2002 -
City as Loser?
Iron City was ranked last out of 40 cities in this year's "Best Cities for Singles" in Forbes magazine. Not that Forbes is the ultimate arbiter of the single life (don't they specialize in male readers over 35 with money?), but your best defense of Pittsburgh or your own medium- or small-sized town would be appreciated.
posted by engelr
on Jun 11, 2002 -
Anyone catch the fall of Three Rivers?
The Steelers want some footage of the stadium falling. The Kingdome falling
made the headlines here before, but didn't have any contests to my knowldege. So I was wondering does anyone know of any other buildings coming down? Any suggestions on what buildings should come down? And does the destruction or closing of a favorite place in your city or recall any fond memories?
posted by brent
on Feb 11, 2001 -
I'm a couple days late on this, but I just want to say that as a sports fan, I'm glad to see Pittsburgh Penguins
owner Mario Lemiuex has returned to the ice in style. He's a class act and a great player.
posted by snarkout
on Dec 29, 2000 -