A Progressive Pittsburgh

Ever curious to delve into the greener sides of my steely city, I’ve discovered the following links to websites which give me great confidence in Pittsburgh’s future as a young, progressive place to live.

  • Slow Food Pittsburgh is all about reviving the kitchen table as a place of community and promoting eating local foods, lapping up regional and seasonal culinary traditions, and taking care of the land the food grows and is eaten on, in an attempt to live a slower and more harmonious life.
  • Engage Pittsburgh seems to be an offshoot of the Sprout Fund, which is an organization dedicated to getting grant money to improve Pittsburgh in a plethora of ways, from painting murals to building bicycle racks to some of the other ideas presented on the Engage website.
  • 3 Rivers Connect is a non-profit that seems to focus on after school programs and other general learning initiatives, but they’re also working to build a community resource website that details all of the outdoor recreational opportunities this area has offer. Pittsburgh was apparently voted the best urban adventure city (ie, an urban setting where you can easily get into the outdoors) by National Geographic Adventure magazine, according to the Post Gazette. I couldn’t find the National Geographic article but I suspect this may be it.

And no list like this would be complete without mentioning some old favorites, like Refresh Pittsburgh (promoting Web standards) and Bike PGH.

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