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Best of the 'Burgh 2016: Neighborhood Spots

Our editors' FRESH TAKES on our favorite Pittsburgh things, including the best stretch of the Pittsburgh Marathon and a living building.




 

Best Living Building
 

Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes
Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens isn’t just a great place to explore thriving greenery. It’s also home to the Center for Sustainable Landscapes — the only certified living building in Pittsburgh and one of 11 in the world. The building holds the Living Building Challenge Certification, a much more rigid set of criteria than LEED certification (although it’s also LEED Platinum-certified). It produces more clean energy than it uses, treats and reuses all water captured on-site and refrains from using toxic chemicals in its building or operations. Admission to the CSL is included with admission to the conservatory. —TM

[One Schenley Drive, Oakland; 412/622-6914, phipps.conservatory.org; photo by Paul G. Wiegman]
 


 

Best stretch of the Marathon
 

Homewood
If you ask any marathon runner to name his or her favorite stretch of the 26.2-mile Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, there’s a good chance the answer will be Homewood. The neighborhood is part of the last stretch of the race, in which runners often need a pick-me-up. Residents hand out water and form cheering sections, and Homewood’s Operation Better Block organization hosts line dances, live music, DJs and more. Runners showed their appreciation for the effort by voting Homewood ‘Favorite Neighborhood on the Course’ in P3R’s post-race survey in 2015; spectators also will agree that this is the place to be on race day. —JM

[thepittsburghmarathon.com; photo by Jeff Swenson]
 

 

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