Pittsburgh-area murder scene. A group of crows is called a murder, and right now, there’s a murder on the lose on the University of Pittsburgh’s campus—and it’s growing. An annual occurrence, this serial murder can create quite a slipping hazard. Pitt’s maintenance staff are finding ways to spook the crows to “quoth, ‘Nevermore.’” Spook strategies include shiny CDs, laser holiday lights, and audio recordings of predators.
Not quite a werewolf. But Friday, a wild grey fox did manage to mysteriously appear on the Duquesne Club’s roof in Downtown Pittsburgh, taking green roofs to the next level. Human Animal Rescue was able to safely relocate him, but it’s still trying to puzzle out how it got up there in the first place. Chances are it just wanted to celebrate Halloween in style.
Ghost of Coal Past. Coal production dropped as much as 45% in the Southwestern Pennsylvania area from 2005-2015, creating a legacy is still haunting many towns in the Pittsburgh region through devasting environmental damage and high levels of unemployment. To help generate recovery, the Appalachian Regional commission established a $1.7 million grant. The grant recipients include the Pennsylvania Economic Council to fund ongoing work for its “Rails to Trails” program to create more livable communities and generate tourism, and thus, jobs.
Find your new haunt from the Design Pittsburgh awards. Thursday, the AIA Pittsburgh chapter held its annual Design Pittsburgh Gala, celebrating the work from Southwestern Pennsylvania based-firms across the country. Winners include Bohlin Cywinski Jackon’s Hidden Path Residence in Long Island, Margittai Archetect’s restoration of Washington, PA’s historic Century Inn, and Pfaffmann + Associates’ Forest Hills Municipal Building. Creep on the full list of awardees here and past winners here.
Peoples Eaters. A water and wastewater company Aqua America Inc. announced it’s acquiring Pittsburgh-based Peoples Gas, becoming one of the largest utility companies in the country with an estimated $10.8 million in assets. But what does that mean for existing plans to create public-private partnership to run the Pittsburgh Water and Sewage Authority? CEO Franklin says they are “very interested.”