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There are a number of these "Book Stops", "Book Exchanges" around Pittsburgh.  They're neat, though I don't think I'd use the word "library".
If you’re looking for an exciting, community-focused project, check out LFLs. Get your library interested in sponsoring one or more LFLs or offer programming to help neighborhoods. If you’re working in a mostly digital environment, consider stewarding your own LFL in your neighborhood. The benefits and rewards will recharge you.
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In this post, I ask two questions about the Supreme Court's recent "cell phone" cases.  To be clear, I express no opinion on the merits of pending or impending matters that appear or may appear on ...
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This seems to the be the remains of "Fort Wood", a earth redoubt constructed in June 1863 when Pittsburgh was worried that General Lee would win at Gettysburg and turn west.  It's overgrown, but easily visible as a 2-foot high semicircular mound.

The sign says:
Fort Schultz
This here earthwork is the remains of a circular dedoubt named Fort Schultz from the Civil War that was part of the extensive defense surrounding Pittsburg to defend the city from a possible Confederate attack in June 1863.  Fort Schultz covered the back side of "Coal Hill" to cover the southern approach from the Saw Mill Run Valley.  This work, although overgrown, is the best remaining example of all the defense works. 

Coordinates (from Google Maps): 40°26'13.2"N 80°01'44.4"W
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/02/03/Project-preserves-Mount-Washington-war-remains/stories/201402030060
http://alleghenyhistorymakers.blogspot.com/2006/11/civil-war-fortifications-in-allegheny.html
http://newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/forts0623/
http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/4060688-74/war-civil-fortifications#axzz35o0SnKAT
http://repository.cmu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1039&context=shr
http://www.northamericanforts.com/East/pa-pitt.html
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Mount Washington (Pittsburgh, PA) was the birthplace of the bituminous coal industry.  In some areas, up to 92% of the land has been undermined.

That 92% gives you an entirely different view of the hike.

Sure enough: http://www.dep.state.pa.us/msi/Municipality_Mine_Maps/Allegheny_County/pittsburgh_district_2.pdf
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So, the big honking rebar at the end of the road is really just at the end, not inside. There is smaller wire inside the slab, and big reinforcing bars at the edges to join one slab of concrete to another.

It looks like they just about ready to pour concrete.
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Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Mellon Park, from the dog seats at the back.

http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/bach-beethoven-brunch #Pittsburgh #pso
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Information security for journalists, if you want to be prosaic, but a very good thing nevertheless.
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We're serious about fireworks in Pittsburgh.  However, much of downtown survived the Fourth of July.

(Photos taken from Schenley Park -- work out the geometry.)
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A Tree cozy.  Emerald View Park, Pittsburgh, PA.
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Citiparks concert and movie, Flagstaff Hill
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Construction of a transportation hub between Centre, Penn, and the East Busway. FTA grant PA-79-003.
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