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Inside Pittsburgh (Jul 24th, 2019)

Hey, Inside Pittsburgh readers. Happy Wednesday, now can it be Friday?

It’s almost time for Steelers training camp – check out the links I found below to help you navigate this year’s big event. And get those Terrible Towels ready.

Despite being a lifelong Pittsburgher, I’ve never attended training camp in Latrobe. Have you? What’s your best memory of going to training camp? Let me know. And if you haven’t gone out, why not? Hit reply or email me at bobby@inside.com.

– Bobby

1. Bus Rapid Transit in Oakland is another step closer to reality after Pittsburgh City Council members voted Wednesday to hire a project coordinator. The $195.5 million project will create separated bus lanes between Oakland and Downtown using electric buses. Port Authority has been named as the lead agency on the project – a move made today to switch from the Urban Redevelopment Authority, which had been the lead agency. Work on the project is expected to begin next year, according to the Port Authority. – PG

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2. It’s Pittsburgh Black Pride week and organizers say they’re focused on addressing racism in the LGBTQ community. Leaders are hoping for more participation during the group’s events, which Director Andre Brown said has been an issue. “Some folks think protesting is the way, some want to work behind the scenes. I think it is a bit of both. We have to be vocal, but it does require being strategic too. Building relationships tend to happen in private,” Brown said. Several events will be held over the next few days will conclude July 28 with a community barbecue in Schenley Park. – CITY PAPER

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3. By The Numbers: Battleship sandwich at Triangle Bar & Grill

Who doesn’t love a good hoagie – especially the world famous Battleship from Triangle Bar & Grill in Swissvale. Thrillist featured the popular sandwich shop among its “33 Best Sandwich Shops in America,” and, with the help of the Tribune-Review, we take a look at the making of the Battleship by the numbers:

  • 24: That’s how many inches long the bun is
  • 300: The number of loaves made each day
  • 1,000 to 1,100: Pounds of just salami Triangle goes through each week (!)
  • March 17, 1982: The date when current owner Tom Crombie’s family first owned the shop
  • 45: The number of years the same refrigerated work table has been used to build the Battleships
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4. Pittsburgh International Airport on Wednesday unveiled Presley’s Place – one of the world’s largest sensory-friendly airport spaces for kids and adults with autism and other special needs. The space was an idea from airport employee Jason Ridge whose son Presley, 4, has autism. “I sat down and did my research, then wrote a letter to the airport CEO with my idea. Two weeks later, she called me into her office and said, ‘This is going to happen,’” Jason told the “Today” show. The space includes a replica of a plane to help families practice boarding without all of the chaos. – BLUE SKY PIT

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5. A fire destroyed the more than 100-year-old Hotel Belvedere in Westmoreland County early Wednesday morning. The hotel had been closed for at least two years. Fire crews say the blaze is suspicious because utilities to the former hotel had been off. “The craftsmanship is still amazing. The stone mortar joints are still intact even after the fire,” Oklahoma Borough code enforcement officer Lee Schumaker said. The hotel dates to 1905. A local photographer shared photos he took today of the burned out building. – WTAE

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6. Picklesburgh is going to be an even bigger dill this year, organizers say. The event, which runs July 26-28, will double in size and include not just the Roberto Clemente Bridge but also Fort Duquesne Boulevard between Stanwix and Seventh streets. But wait, there’s more – events also will take place near PNC Park. It’s such a big deal that Picklesburgh was named the top specialty food fest in a USA Today reader’s poll. “It’s just this thing that Pittsburghers have embraced,” Leigh Frank, of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, which organizes the event. – THE INCLINE

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7. Ready or not, it’s time for Steelers training camp as players report Thursday to Saint Vincent in Latrobe. The first practice is set for Friday. A total of 15 practices will be open to the public – 13 of which will be held at Chuck Noll Field on Saint Vincent’s campus. The traditional night practice is set for 7 p.m. Aug. 2 at Latrobe Memorial Stadium. The Steelers list all of the events happening between Friday and Aug. 15, when training camp concludes. The Trib looks back at some of the more memorable player arrivals over the years and offers tips if you’re going. — STEELERSWIRE

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8. Beautiful photos of Pittsburgh’s breathtaking skyline this time of year always seem to include one thing: brown water on the Mon River. A jokester took note and designed a fake image of what a Crayola crayon named after the Mighty Mon would look like. On a local Reddit thread, one commenter noted, “Hopefully Mr. Sketch doesn't follow suit with a scented marker.” Another chimed in with the reason we always see a brown Mon and a blue Allegheny: “It's the Monongahela after heavy rain. It’s bed is mostly mud, so it usually flows browner. The Allegheny's bed is more gravel and rock, so it flows clearer. Been that way for hundreds of thousands of years.”

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9. Get Aht: In this new feature, appropriately named “Get Aht,” I want to highlight some things you can get out (or “aht”) and do around Pittsburgh over the next several days. Have an event for consideration? Send me an email at bobby@inside.com.

  • Stage 62’s “Mamma Mia” continues July 25-28 at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall in Carnegie. Directed by Stephen Santa and Drew Praskovich, the musical tells the story of a woman searching for her birth father. And, of course, the story is intertwined with ABBA music. Stephen Santa’s stage work never disappoints, so go check this one out.
  • Also closing this weekend is The Summer Company’s “American Idiot” – the Green Day jukebox musical. The show continues July 25-28 at Duquesne University.
  • Stroll the annual Shadyside Sidewalk Sale through July 28. More than 40 businesses are participating this year. If you’re planning to drive, the Shadyside Chamber of Commerce suggests taking advantage of the free two-hour parking on residential streets just off of Walnut, Ellsworth and South Highland. Look for the green permit signs for details.
  • It's Christmas in July in Sewickley this week. The Sewickley Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual even continues through July 27 and includes food trucks, a pop-up artisan market, entertainment and sales at participating businesses. A collection of non-perishable breakfast items and canned meat is happening as part of the event.
  • Mark your calendar now for the Rosé All Day PGH Festival, which is set for 1 p.m. Aug. 3.
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10. InstaBurgh: Today's Instagram photo comes from user @whereintheworldisaish, who snapped a picture of one of the dinosaurs from Pittsburgh's old public art project.

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Bobby Cherry is a senior editor at Inside.com. Follow his love of all things Pittsburgh and more on Twitter and Instagram.

Editing team: Inside Managing Editor and Pittsburgh-based freelance journalist Kim Lyons and David Stegon, senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology.

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