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Bike share programs have largely missed poor neighborhoods

by Erika Beras Jun 7, 2018
But new efforts are seeking to remove barriers to riding like the need to have a smartphone or a credit card.
Bikes at The Healthy Ride office in Pittsburgh, PA.  
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Looking for a luxury apartment? Try Pittsburgh

by Erika Beras Apr 20, 2018
Developers have put up new rental units to attract tech workers. But many are sitting empty.
General view of Downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on June 2, 2017.
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A fatal Uber accident rocks the robotics world

by Erika Beras Mar 22, 2018
Pittsburgh, Uber’s home base, has become a center for autonomous technology.

It's not easy being green when you're poor

by Erika Beras Mar 21, 2018
Pittsburgh's plan to green up the city may be leaving low-income residents behind.
Andres Hernandez, from the Goldin Solar company, installs a solar panel system on the roof of a home a day after the Trump administration announced it will impose duties of as much as 30 percent on solar equipment made abroad on January 23, 2018 in Palmetto Bay, Florida.
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Steel broke Pittsburgh’s heart once. It won’t happen again

by Erika Beras Mar 2, 2018
The Trump administration’s decision to slap stiff tariffs on imported aluminum and steel won’t make much difference to Pittsburgh. Nearly all the steel jobs in the city now are behind a desk. Click the audio player above to hear the…
The Big Book

Pittsburgh's influential but brief role in the Black Renaissance

by Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar Jan 30, 2018
Mark Whitaker's new book, "Smoketown," examines the sometimes overlooked role that the city played.
In the Hill District of the 1940s, Herron Avenue marked the boundary between the upper-class "Sugartop" neighborhood and the working-class "Middle Hill."
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Whose economy is it anyway?

by Erika Beras Jan 29, 2018
Booming stock markets and low unemployment aren't paying off for everyone

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U.S. manufacturing is on track for a strong year after a recession rebound

by Aaron Schrank Jan 18, 2018
President Donald Trump is visiting a heavy equipment plant in Pittsburgh today, to campaign for a Republican candidate looking to fill a vacant congressional seat there. The president is expected to promote the new tax bill and tout recent growth…

Why Pittsburgh is buying $1,200 garbage cans

by Erika Beras May 18, 2017
The smart cans are meant to save time and money, but some trash collectors are skeptical.
Robert Sledge, from the Department of Public Works, empties trash cans in downtown Pittsburgh.
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Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly

What we talk about when we talk about 'jagoffs'

by Tony Wagner May 12, 2017
Is it a cuss?
Mayor Rahm Emanuel holds a press conference on December 7, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. 
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