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Inside Pittsburgh (Aug 23rd, 2019)

Happy Friday, Inside Pittsburgh readers.

High school football starts this weekend with the so-called Week 0 games. So, it's basically fall.

Take a look at what's going on in today's Inside Pittsburgh edition – and be sure check out our Git Aht events section for some great things happening.

– Bobby

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1. Pittsburgh Police are investigating a third stabbing this month Downtown. The latest incident happened around 12:30 p.m. Friday along Liberty Avenue. The woman, whose name was not released, was taken to a hospital and listed in stable condition, KDKA-TV reported. In another incident, police say a man was stabbed in the lower back and left arm near Liberty Avenue and Wood Street around 11 p.m. Aug. 13. The victim walked to Market Square where police found him. And on Aug. 8, police arrested a man who stabbed two women, killing one of them, at a bus stop at Smithfield and Sixth Avenue. That incident happened at around 11:40 a.m. Downtown business owners and officials with the Cultural Trust have expressed concern over what some say is a “declining level of public safety.” Mayor Bill Peduto has cited a decline in violent crime and property crimes Downtown. Meanwhile, Port Authority officials apparently think playing classical music will help calm tensions in the area of the Wood Street T station. – KDKA

What’s your take? How safe do you feel around Downtown and the Cultural District? Will music help? Hit reply to share your thoughts with me.

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2. As home prices rise in Pittsburgh, some residents are looking at community land trusts to protect their affordable neighborhoods. Some people in Perry Hilltop and Fineview are considering a community land trust to protect their home prices. “Perry Hilltop and Fineview right now is affordable, and our goal is to keep it affordable,” resident and co-chair of a housing work group Fred Smith. The median home value in Pittsburgh is $145,900, according to Zillow. Community land trusts have been used in other Pittsburgh neighborhoods, including Lawrenceville, Oakland and the Hill District. Community land trusts also exist in neighboring municipalities such as Sharpsburg, Etna and Millvale. – PUBLICSOURCE

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3. Follow Friday: @InsidePgh

If you’re on Twitter, give us a follow at @InsidePgh – we’re aiming to help you get to know the city a little more. The newsletter comes a few times a week, but we’ll be on Twitter fairly often to share stories and jump into the conversations that impact us most around the region.

And this is a great time to share our Best of the Burgh Twitter list with you. We’re curating the best Pittsburghers to follow. Know someone who should be highlighted? Reply or tweet me!

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4. The $800,000 project to repair sidewalks and railings along Grandview Avenue on Mt. Washington is set to begin early next month. The project, which forced the closure in June of pristine vantage points to view Pittsburgh’s scenic skyline, is expected to be finished in November. “Grandview Avenue is a treasure to our city and our region, and we will continue to work with our partners to preserve this icon for generations to come,” Mayor Bill Peduto said. The work initially was expected to cost $1 million. In some sections of the walkway, gaping holes had formed, WPXI first reported in May. – TRIBUNE-REVIEW

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5. A day after the Pirates released catcher Francisco Cervelli, the popular player offered a message of thanks to Pittsburgh fans. “When I think about you and try to express how I feel about you, I can’t help but describe you as my home,” Cervelli wrote. He went on to explain how he was nervous in 2015 about what Pirates fans would think of him. The Pirates released him Thursday after agreeing to accept his request to be released. #ThatsAmore was trending on Twitter in Pittsburgh for awhile following the news. @FRAN_CERVELLI / INSTAGRAM

In related news, I asked The Onion to update this 2006 story in which PNC Park threatened to move if the Pirates didn’t improve.

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6. Git aht: Here are some events you need to get on your calendar:

  • The Ultimate Liver Function: This day-long music festival to raise awareness and funds for liver health organizations includes food trucks, Millie’s Ice Cream, legendary musicians like Mike Vale (of Tommy James & The Shondells), The Marcels and, of course, Johnny Angel and the Halos. The event will be held at the Roxian Theatre in McKees Rocks from 2 to 11 p.m. Aug. 24. Tickets are $50 each.
  • Pie Eating Contest at the Banana Split Celebration: Look. If you’re around and have nothing else to do, are you really going to not go to this? The Facebook event calls it the “messiest event of the year.” There’s a championship belt for the winner. It’s in Latrobe at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 24.
  • It’s the final weekend to see “Spamilton: An American Parody” at the CLO Cabaret. This hilarious show spoofs popular Broadway shows, notably “Hamilton.” T.J. Newton slays in the role of Lin-Manuel, and, along with his fellow castmates, keep the audience laughing hard throughout the show. And I would be remiss if I did not highlight Nick Stamatakis on the piano and his show-stopping performance as King George III. After several months here, the show wraps up Aug. 25. I saw the show Thursday night (finally!) and you should go see it, too!
  • Venture north for the incredible Tall Ships Erie festival. You’ve no doubt seen or heard the commercials. This event features more than a dozen tall ships, plus Mama Duck and Baby Duck (like the massive yellow floating duck we had several years back). Visitors can tour the ships, and some offer sails over the weekend. If you need some pointers, hit me up on Twitter because I’ll be there.
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7. InstaBurgh: kosslowphotography shares a foggy Burgh.

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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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