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Who's Looking Out For Pittsburgh When The Sun Goes Down?

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Who is in charge of assuring a city's evening economy thrives? In Pittsburgh, it’s nighttime economy manager Allison Harnden. She talks about what that job entails and how the Pittsburgh model differs from similar positions around the U.S. and abroad.

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Allison Harnden moved to Pittsburgh in 2015 to be the city's first night economy manager, serving under the public safety department.

“We’re becoming more of a ‘life at night’ city than [a] ‘nightlife’ [city],” Harnden says. 

Elsewhere on the program, the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area is expanding an educational, river-based, environmental science program. President and CEO Augie Carlino explores the evolution of the program.

90.5 WESA’s Elaine Effort reports on one Homewood-based program thata teaches local K-12 students the principles of architecture and urban design. Its officials say the program’s goal to get more minorities and girls interested in studying architecture.

The Confluence, where the news comes together, is 90.5 WESA’s daily news program. Tune in weekdays at 9 a.m. to hear newsmakers and innovators join veteran journalist Kevin Gavin, taking an in-depth look at stories important to the Pittsburgh region. Find more episodes of The Confluence here.

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Kiley Koscinski is a general assignment reporter for 90.5 WESA. She previously produced The Confluence and Morning Edition. Before coming to WESA, she worked as an assignment desk editor and producer at 1020 AM KDKA. She can be reached at
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