When Phil Laboon’s engagement broke up, he decided to make LemonAID out of the lemons life had handed him. The charity event that was supposed …
For your daily dose of Inspiring People from Pittsburgh who do awesome good things out of the kindness of their heart for no reason and maybe make you cry a little ok a lot at your desk.
Seriously though — huge kudos to this guy for making a bad situation into a wonderful one.
It’s officially Women’s Equality Day today. Hopefully we won’t need just one day to emphasize equal rights between genders.
Is this ranking the one for the thumb? Pittsburgh has racked up yet another accolade, with the designation as the “most livable city” in the continental U.S., according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2014 livability survey. Only Honolulu outperformed Pittsburgh among U.S. cities in the study, which measured “which locations around the world provide the best or the worst living conditions.” Pittsburgh was tops in the country in the 2009 iteration of the study. Pittsburgh was named “America’s Most Livable City” by Forbes magazine in 2010 and was named one of the “Best All-American Vacations” earlier this year by The Travel Channel, among other positive rankings. In the 2014 Economist study, Pittsburgh ranks 30th in the world among 140 cities in the study and Honolulu ranks 26th. The
Pittsburgh has just been ranked the #2 Most Livable City in the United States - right behind Honolulu - which makes Pittsburgh the #1 MOST Livable City in the Continental United States.
Cities are rated on a scale of 1-100
Stability rating: 85
Culture & Environment: 91
Did that just blow your mind? It may have - but mine has stayed in tact. Probably because I live here, and I get the privilege of experiencing all that our lovely city has to offer on a daily basis. I work in the Strip District, right on the edge of downtown, and get gorgeous views day in and day out. My husband and I bought a house in an up-and-coming neighborhood for pennies compared to what a similar house would cost in the likes of Philadelphia, NYC, LA, or D.C.
I can stick to my budget on groceries every week and not go without or feel deprived of recreational, weekend fun. I can see top-rated performances in our ever growing (award-winning) cultural district, hit up the hottest restaurants in town, and experience the flavor and unique personality of all 90 Pittsburgh neighborhoods. I get to watch people like Kevin Sousa and John Fetterman turn the downtrodden neighborhood of Braddock into something beautiful and inspiring - I see the results of their good work, and of so, SO many more Pittsburgher’s hard, GOOD work, payoff in spades. On social media, I see how many young people like me (I’m 29, I still get to say that, right?) care about this city: who our mayor is and what he does, making sure the arts and cultural scene gets the support and attention it deserves, encouraging fellow PIttsburghers to start something new, do something good, connect with others - all for the sake of improving our city.
I see it every day, and feel so lucky to be here for it all (despite the horrendous winter we just had). So I”m not surprised that Pittsburgh has beat out every other city other than a TROPICAL ISLAND as the most livable city in the USA - but I am, as always, proud as hell.
The best thing about last night’s Beyonce performance was that it featured a speaker from a recent TEDx Talk led me to watch this woman, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, speak about feminism, and society’s impossibly slow evolution when it comes to gender.
Everyone should watch and share this video, I can’t stress enough how incredible and inspiring it is. Please watch and re-blog, and pass along this powerful and vital message.
A brief excerpt:
“In a literal way, men rule the world. And this made sense a thousand years ago, because human beings lived then in a world in which physical strength was the most important attribute for survival. The physically stronger person was more likely to lead, and men in general are physically stronger (of course, there are many exceptions).
But today we live in a vastly different world. The person more likely to lead is not the physically stronger person, it is the more creative person, the more intelligent person, the more innovative person – and there are no hormones for those attributes. A man is as likely as a woman to be intelligent, to be creative, to be innovative. We have evolved, but it seems to me our ideas of gender have not evolved.”
Beyoncé’s full performance at the 2014 VMA’s
In 15 minutes, Bey convinced me to buy her album, what a great performer/artist she is, and that her marriage is strong but has problems just like anyone else’s, Girlfriend does not need a publicist, she is doing damn fine on her own. Now excuse me while i go listen to my new iTunes album purchase…..
"Go ahead, take up two spots, parking is plentiful on Forbes in Oakland at lunch time. Jagoff."
Submitted by Chris C.
And outside of Primanti Bros - FOR SHAME.