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Pittsburgh apartment building

Pittsburgh still has a reputation as a smoggy, manufacturing-based city but the city has quietly matured into an entrepreneurial hub for the Northeast with a low cost of living. Pittsburgh has been at or near the top of many recent lists, such as a best of travel destination for 2012 by National Geographic and 2009′s best sports city in the country by The Sporting News.

Unsurprisingly, the new business-friendly reputation spurred the real estate market, particularly in the conversion of historical buildings. One iconic addition to the city’s revitalization is the plan to convert the former Wholey’s Federal Cold Storage Building in the historic Strip District into apartments. Imagine how cool it would be to live in a building that used to be an old refrigerator!

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conflict-kitchen-kubideh-kitchen-iranThe original iteration of Conflict Kitchen, Kubideh Kitchen serves Iranian takeout. Source: Conflict Kitchen.

In the three years since it opened, Pittsburgh’s Conflict Kitchen has served Iranian, Afghan, Venezuelan and Cuban food under four different names. The pop-up style restaurant is currently an Iranian restaurant called Kubideh Kitchen. But next month, the cuisine could be North Korean, Israeli or Palestinian. By serving food only from regions that are in conflict with the United States, the restaurant aims to bring social and political consciousness to the dinner table with the goal of familiarizing the foreign.  (more…)