Sunday, July 29, 2007

short takes

Veggie-Burgh: KDKA has a story on the vegetable oil auto conversion cluster in town. (it sounds more important if you call it a 'cluster' these days) Rarely mentioned is Pitt's own veggiemobile or their efforts to convert a veggiebus. (I am not sure that is actually an active project these days.. but still worth mentioning)....

Was Barry ever really a Yinzer? A good writeup in the Baltimore Sun on Barry Bonds' history here in the Burgh with a mention of my homonymic cousin Sid.

Who is subsidizing whom? Last week rural PA opposition prompted congress put at risk the idea of placing a toll on I80 to fund transit/transportation in the state. The Beaver County Times has a pretty sharp rebuttal worth a read.

Rain and Remembrance: From the Census Bureau: ..folks in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, southwest of Pittsburgh, are pretty certain that it will rain. According to local records, rain has fallen on July 29th 109 times in a132-year period. This has inspired an annual rain day festival in the town, with a street fair, entertainment and a beauty contest. At one point the event honors 250 men from the area in the 110th Infantry — nearly half of whom were either killed or wounded in combat on July 29, 1918. Read more about some of the Rain Day Boys.

Steel Redux? The census is also the source for this AP story: Ohio Steel Industry stabilizing. More interesting is news of Russian investment in a possible new steel plant in Cleveland.

Indigo is a color right? Not news, but the company planning on building a hotel in East Liberty formally put out this PR last week. It says they will be putting a Hotel Indigo on Highland Ave. in East Liberty.

Pittsburgh made.. the world took. Same story, but still and interesting read on Homestead and environs in something called Rivet Magazine.

Pittsburgh of the (Great White) North. A shout out to Andrew Hanon, a columnist for the Edmonton Sun who takes some pride in thinking of Calgary as Canada's Pittsburgh.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's go to the Wikipedia:

"Indigo dye is an important dye with a distinctive blue color (see indigo)...

Many indigo plantations were established by European powers in tropical climates; it was a major crop in Jamaica and South Carolina, with much or all of the labor performed by enslaved Africans and African-Americans."

A hotel in East Liberty called indigo? My first reaction was, "Whoops!", but I guess since Harlem had the Cotton Club, it's OK.

By the way, that Hotel Indigo press release might be the first case of anyone calling East Liberty "enchanting". How times have changed, eh?

Sunday, July 29, 2007 8:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry. I can't get off this Indigo press release ...

The first Hotel Indigo was in Atlanta, so I guess there's no concern about giving offense over the name.

"The hotel will be located at the intersection of Highland Avenue West and Broad Street and easily accessible to downtown Pittsburgh." (If you don't mind taking the MLK Busway.)

"The hotel is also located within miles of many company headquarters including: H.J Heinz Co., Alcoa Inc., Citizens Financial Group, and Bayer Corp." (It's also located "within miles" of New York City, but most folks will probably opt for a hotel in Allentown if they've got a business meeting in Rockefeller Center.)

InterContinental Hotels Group, the Hotel Indigo licensee, also owns Holiday Inn.

Sunday, July 29, 2007 8:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Anonymous:

InterContinental also owns, well, InterContinental. And I'm probably biased as a Priorty Club member, but Holiday Inn isn't your father's Holiday Inn anymore, as this recent profile in USA Today discusses:
Getting a young, hip brand like Indigo into East Liberty would be fabulous. Could we please stop the knee-jerk, anti-everything attitude that seems to typify Pittsburgh?


Monday, July 30, 2007 10:13:00 AM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

I give them some credit for at least acknowledging it's in East Liberty. I once saw an ad for a production at the Kelly-Strayhorn that described it as being at the intersection of the Shadyside and Penn Ave. arts cooridors with nary a mention of the neighborhood it was actually in.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007 7:38:00 PM  

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