The list Pittsburgh doesn’t want to be on


The American Lung Association in its annual report on the most polluted metropolitan areas names Pittsburgh-New Castle-Weirton as No. 6, that’s up two places from last year.


Map illustrations by Mark Byrnes via The Atlantic Cities

I doubt that we can go even higher on the list next year. California population centers grab the top spots.

Some of the cleanest cities are … Continue reading


Most affordable cities to retire? Pittsburgh in Top 10


Just in time for David Letterman’s retirement, his network has found the Top 10 places where he can enjoy his golden years.

A recent Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate survey on the retirement dreams of baby boomers finds that 39 percent are focused on a bucolic lifestyle while 26 would like to go urban.

To determine what places would offer a mix of city and country — as well as favorable tax rates and median home prices — CBS News crunched the numbers from the Tax Foundation, Census Bureau and Zillow.

The Top 10? Drum roll, please … Continue reading


Don’t mess with my parking chair


A local merchant came up with a “joke” chair. Photo courtesy of Commonwealth Press.

It’s a fine winter tradition: When it snows, you shovel the parking space in front of your house and save it with a cheap, plastic chair, or whatever else you have handy.

In Chicago, it’s called dibs. In Boston, its longtime mayor referred to it as “this rummage sale” of space savers. In Philly, “savesies.”

But the time-honored practice is on thin ice in cities from the Midwest to New England. Continue reading