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Local startup Astrobotic earns mention in the New Yorker

Pittsburgh-based startup, Astrobotic got a big mention on NewYorker.com this week for their work on creating a lander for what will be the first lunar commercial delivery.

The lander, called Griffin, will hold the time capsule bearing Pocari Sweat, a Japanese beverage. Griffin is the same technology that Astrobotic is hoping will win them the Google Lunar X prize.

Astrobotics’ focus is on developing technology for commercial deliveries to the moon. Right now their prices exceed half a million a pound.

Pittsburgh is home to the second steepest public road in the world

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Pittsburgh is home to the second steepest public road—and that’s just because of a measuring mistake.The first steepest was thought to be in New Zealand.

Urban Velo ran an infographic featuring the 10 steepest climbs in the US that was created by fixr. Canton Avenue, with its 37 percent grade is second on the list after Waipio Rd. in Honokaa, Hawaii, a road on which only four-wheel-drive vehicles are permitted.

Pittsburgh Airport’s Executive Director on recovery after the death of the Hub

The Cranky Flier continues an interview with Brad Penrod, exectuive director of the Allegheny County Airport Authority, on the future of Pittsburgh air transportation years--from how Pittsburgh has led to the way to change after losing its hub, to what is on the wish list now.

Read Part 2 of the interview here.

New electric car conversion kit will charge your car (and wallet)

Carnegie Mellon students create an all-included electric car conversion kit as part of their ChargeCar project. This DIY alternative can convert your old, gas guzzling Honda Civic into a zero-emission battery operated car.

Read the full story here.

Carnegie Mellons seeks solutions to transit cuts

With the possible demise of the 28x, the bus that loops from Oakland to the airport, and other important bus routes that face the knife, Carnegie Mellon is already organizing meetings to seek solutions to how to get students to get around.

See the full story here from their campus newspaper.

Pittsburgh has what Cleveland wants

Pop City's sister publication Fresh Water says the cycle scene here in Pittsburgh is turning them green with envy. That, along with Pittsburgh being named Most Livable City.  Cleveland is wishing they had a little more black and yellow in their blood. It's okay, we're always willing to share.

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Moving Pittsburgh's people and returning prime riverfront property to city residents

Next American City, a national magazine about "the future of urban life" covers Perkins Eastman's Allegheny Riverfront Vision plan, which Pop City reported on last week. Laura Walsh, who "lives, loves, writes and rides in Pittsburgh," reports that the plan will heavily emphasize transit-oriented development; restoring the ecological balance of the river; increasing the tree canopy; making the riverfront property accessible; providing alternatives to car usage; and providing greater connectivity to other neighborhoods.

The plan includes a trolley/streetcar system, which would reduce dependence on automobiles and "inspire walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods and spur tremendous economic activity."

"Pursuing a policy of regenerative development will allow the city and people of Pittsburgh to continue thriving economically while creating green jobs that improve the region," writes Walsh, "Though still a bit bruised from the steel town days, Pittsburgh is improving rapidly and being recognized widely for it: the city was chosen as the U.S. host for the U.N. World Environment Day and was once again named 'Most Livable City.'"

Read the complete Next American City article.

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You've come a long way, baby: Pittsburgh goes from worst U.S. bicycling city to 28th best

Pittsburgh snagged the No. 28 spot in Bicycling Magazine's rankings of the best U.S. bicycling cities. The magazine once named Pittsburgh the worst city in the country to ride a bike, according to BikePGH, but is now praising Steel City for our citywide bicycle master plan, bike-pedestrian coordinator and Dirt Rag mountain bike magazine.

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Large public-transit system helps make Pittsburgh No. 8 time-saving city in U.S.

Pittsburgh's been named the No. 8 time-saving city in America by Real Simple magazine.

"Pittsburgh's public-transit system is large for a city of its size, including three bus-only highways, making for a zippy trip to work. And who knew Steelers fans were such big readers? The city is in the top five for bookstores per capita," the article states.

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Public transportation makes Pittsburgh a top commuter-friendly city

Pittsburgh has been named a top city by U.S. News for "people who hate driving and long commutes," reports Yahoo! Real Estate.

To compile its list, U.S. News included cities with populations of more than 50,000. They then considered the average commuting time in metropolitan areas throughout the country--24.4 minutes in 2009, according to the Census--and narrowed the list to cities with even shorter average commuting times.

In Pittsburgh the average commute time is 23.1 minutes, and 33.5 percent of commuters are non-car commuters, meaning they travel by foot, bicycle or public transportation.

"[Pittsburgh] has a large public transit system for its size," the study reports. "Pittsburgh's transit system, the Port Authority of Allegheny County, has a daily ridership of 240,000 on its buses and light rail. The city also has one of the largest bus rapid transit systems in the country, with three bus-only highways. Its light rail system has the 16th-most passenger miles traveled of any light rail in the country, according to the American Public Transportation Association."

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Pittsburgh one of safest metro areas in U.S. for pedestrians

Need an excuse to take a walk? The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Pittsburgh has been ranked as one of the top 50 safest cities for pedestrians by Transportation of America, a coalition of groups seeking to shape federal transportation policy to positive effect.

Pittsburgh was ranked 49th out of 52 in degree of danger.

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Carrier may restore daily regional flights to and from Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh International Airport may see more service to smaller cities starting the first quarter of 2010.

Gulfstream International Airlines, a Fort Lauderdale-based airline, is in negotiations with the Allegheny County Airport Authority to add nonstop service to six to eight cities, including Harrisburg and Du Bois.

"Pittsburgh has been without nonstop flights to the state capital since September 2008, when US Airways discontinued the service," the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article states.

Click here to read the complete Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article on Gulfstream International Airlines.

Peddling Pittsburgh: David Byrne names the Burgh a top bicycle city

David Byrne, the former frontman of the Talking Heads, has come out with a book chronicling his favorite cycling cities, and--no surprise--Pittsburgh makes the cut. The National Geographic Adventure blog excerpts Byrne's Bicycle Diaries.

About Pittsburgh, Byrne writes, "I rode around through the hills that are everywhere here except by the waterfront… The downtown was jumping, the little neighborhoods thriving, and folks are moving back into the city. Sustainability, public transport, and bike lanes aren't scoffed at anymore."

To read the full National Geographic Adventure blog post, click here.

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