Slopes Illustrated: Yes, Pittsburgh is Epically Hilly

Just how hilly? Consult this nifty infographic.
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Top 10 US steepest streets


How ’bout that. We Pittsburghers often talk about our hilly terrain — but it’s always nice to have evidence to back our comments (read: whiny remarks) related to the landscape: In this infographic from Fixr, the Steel City was featured twice for having two of the country’s steepest streets. Canton Avenue, with its preposterous 37 percent gradient, is beaten out only by a street in Hawaii.

However! Only 4-wheel-drive vehicles are permitted on that street, so we’re claiming victory, Hawaii. We bike up our Megahill.


#Data: Latest Gallup poll has surprising results for Pennsylvanians


Pennsylvanians who answered questions for Gallup pollsters evidently painted a dismal picture of life in the Keystone State. Pennsylvania was ranked 36th in Gallup’s recently released “State of American Well-Being” for 2013, just after neighbor New York and immediately ahead of nearby Michigan.

For the survey, Gallup interviewed 178,000-plus Americans, including more than 8,500 Pennsylvanians.

Though Pennsylvania performed well when it came to access to food and health services, the poll ranked its work environments and residents’ emotional health among the 10 worst in the nation.

If you think it could be the cold getting us down, think again: Two Great Plains states, notorious for their blistering winds, took the top two spots. North Dakota made a dramatic jump from 19th in Gallup’s 2012 rankings to first place last year. Similarly, South Dakota moved up from 12th to second between 2012 and 2013.

— Gideon Bradshaw


#Sports: AC Milan, Man City coming this summer


Despite the recent successes of both the Pirates and the Penguins, Pittsburgh remains a football town. As much as we love PNC Park and Consol Energy Center (and the teams that play inside those venues), it’s the thunderous roar of Heinz Field in the middle of December that gets us fired up like nothing else.

Now we’ll see how much of a futbol town Pittsburgh can be.

The rumors have been confirmed — on July 27 Pittsburgh and Heinz Field will be one of the world’s premier futbol towns as two world-class soccer clubs, Italy’s historic AC Milan and England’s powerhouse Manchester City, travel to our fair city to clash in our favorite stadium. It’s part of the International Championship Cup tournament — occurring in several U.S. cities before ending Aug. 4 in Miami.

Let’s see if we can get Mario Balotelli to fall deeply in love with the Steel City so that he decides to stick around and play for the Riverhounds. Hey, one can dream.

— John Lavanga


  What’s happening tonight?


  • Tonight, you can Drink for Pink at one of three city locations — Andys at Fairmont Pittsburgh, The Porch at Schenley in Oakland and Local Bar + Kitchen in South Side. Have a cocktail, made by a team of assorted professionals, and support the local chapter of Susan G. Komen.


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