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Essential Pittsburgh: Parks Conservancy Builds Blueprints for Green Spaces

Ed Massery, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
Mellon Square after its re-opening in 2014.

Since its founding in 1996 the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy has worked with the city to maintain its historic parks. The conservancy is currently in the process of renovating one city park. Joining guest host Elaine Labalme to address the current state of the parks and what these green spaces mean to the city is Director of Community Projects Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Heather Sage.

Sage addresses the challenge of air quality in the Pittsburgh area in connection with parks and green spaces:

"There's countless amounts of research that tell us you know our lives are better, we're healthier, our mental health is improved, our physical health is improved if were active and living and spending time outdoors. So just spending time intentionally improving those park spaces is very directly and indirectly helping peoples health..." -Heather Sage

Also in the program, TED Talks make their yearly Pittsburgh visit at the ever-expanding local TEDx conference and Smallman Galley is a local restaurant incubator that's giving potential restaurateurs the tools and templates for success.

TED-X Pittsburgh (starts at 20:58)

This Saturday, Pittsburgh hosts the increasingly-popular TED, standing for Technology, Entertainment & Design, series in a city-centric day of inspirational and motivational lectures. What began as a TED-X event, the “X” indicating an independently organized series, has grown to a city-wide celebration of local innovation, led by our guest Chris Daley, coordinator of the event. Also taking part in the conversation is Michelle Fanzo, Project Leader at the World Policy Institute.

Restaurant Start-up (starts at 36:29)

Ever dreamed of owning your own restaurant? Our guests, Ben Mantica and Tyler Benson, co-founders of Smallman Galley, Pittsburgh’s first restaurant incubator will address how they’re guiding would-be restaurateurs through the process as they search for the city's next great restaurant and celebrity chef.

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