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Looking back at Pittsburgh’s 10 most impactful and important moments of 2022.
On a day that President Joe Biden visited the city to discuss federal investment in infrastructure, the Fern Hollow Bridge over the city’s Frick Park collapsed just before dawn. The disaster injured 10, but miraculously resulted in no deaths. A swift rebuilding effort was nearly completed by year’s end.
The Pittsburgh-filmed series “A League of Their Own” debuted on Amazon, and it left a piece of the game behind. A new grandstand built for the show remains, and is in use, at CCAC’s Boyce campus.
Two permanent installations honoring the life and legacy of August Wilson opened this year: A new exhibition about the late playwright’s life at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center as well as a growing arts center at Wilson’s childhood home in the Hill District.
Major events and festivals returned to the city, operating at full strength for the first time since before the coronavirus pandemic. In a testament to the impact of events such as the Deutschtown Music Festival, the Three Rivers Arts Fest and Barrel & Flow, most didn’t merely revive for 2022; they grew.
In the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected University of Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett, betting on a presumptive long-term starter who wouldn’t even have to switch locker rooms.
It was the least popular rebranding since the Old Mill met Garfield: After 20 years, the Steelers’ home turf became Acrisure Stadium.
As restaurants evolved after the pandemic, a new trend picked up: All-day destinations that shift from breakfast and coffee in the early hours to cocktails and entrees later in the day. Our new favorites include Sally Ann’s, Margaux and the revamped Scratch & Co.
After more than a decade in Latrobe, Iron City returned to Allegheny County. Pittsburgh Brewing Company moved to a state-of-the-art facility in East Deer, bringing I.C. Light and its other brands closer to the confluence.
After commanding more than 70% of the vote in November 2021, Mayor Ed Gainey took office in January. He is the first Black mayor in the history of the city.
After bruising political battles dominated headlines (and ad space) for the better part of a year, Pennsylvania voters sent Democrats John Fetterman to the U.S. Senate and Josh Shapiro to the Governor’s Mansion.