Pittsburghers Welcome Parking Rate Hike — Not

Meter rates are going up and enforcement hours are being extended.

Photo: Pittsburgh Parking Authority

It’s about to cost more to park in Pittsburgh. As part of the latest budget proposal from city council — to be approved Monday — rates will raise in several neighborhoods, including a hike from $3 to $4 per hour downtown, an increase from $2 to $3 in Oakland, from $2.50 to $3 in the North Side and from $1 to $1.50 in East Liberty, Shadyside, South Side, Squirrel Hill, the Strip District and Uptown.

More meters will be added, as well — we can most likely say goodbye to the days of free (if scarce) parking along Penn Ave. in the Strip District. And, most dramatically, enforcement hours will no longer cease at 6 p.m.; you’ll have to keep that meter fed until 10 p.m. in many areas.

Rather than take a side ourselves — although, seriously, who comes out in favor of more expensive parking — we thought we’d highlight some reactions on social media, starting with a member of the family.


Before you get the pitchforks out, though, Virginia Montanez may have more to report on the issue:

And true to her word — the update can be found on her blog.

photo courtesy of fox searchlight pictures


#Props: Pittsburgh is All Over the Golden Globes and SAG Award Nominations

As was widely expected, no movie awards group is putting out a list of nominees without Michael Keaton front and center.

The Pittsburgh native has been widely lauded for his self-imitating performance in “Birdman,” and as the year-end awards season gets going in earnest, he should plan to clear some mantle space. This morning, he was announced among the Globes nominees for Best Actor, Musical or Comedy; he’ll compete with Ralph Fiennes (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”), Bill Murray (“St. Vincent”), Joaquin Phoenix (“Inherent Vice”) and Christoph Waltz (“Big Eyes”). “Birdman” is also nominated for Best Picture, Musical or Comedy and five more prizes.

Keaton will also compete for Best Actor at the Screen Actors Guild awards; that group doesn’t separate comedies and dramas, so he’ll face Eddie Redmayne (“Theory of Everything”), Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game”), Jake Gyllenhaal (“Nightcrawler”) and Steve Carell (“Foxcatcher”).

That last film, mostly shot in Pittsburgh, is racking up the nods as well. “Foxcatcher” is nominated for Best Drama at the Globes, and Carell and co-star Mark Ruffalo are up for acting prizes at both the Globes and SAG Awards.

Recent forecasts have Keaton projected as a likely winner for not only the early awards, but also for an Oscar; don’t book the parade yet, though, as the race is being called one of the closest in years.

#Globetrotter: PSO’s Manfred Honeck Will Spend Christmas at The Vatican

Photo: Felix Broede


If you have to work on the holidays, do it in style. PSO conductor Manfred Honeck has accepted an invitation to conduct Christmas Eve mass at the Vatican, after an invitation direct from Pope Francis.

Honeck will conduct an orchestral composed of musicians from Rome and throughout the world in a performance of Mozart’s “Et incarnatus est.”

Not that we’re worthy of giving advice to the great conductor, but we’d advise that he focus on the baton and not stop to consider the audience; more than 700 million worldwide are expected to listen to the mass.



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