Pittsburgh Orbit seeks to squint through the dusty windows, climb the overgrown hillsides, dip a toe in the muddy river, unfurl the platte maps, and poke a finger into the little corners of Pittsburgh (and environs) art, history, and culture that may not usually get their due.
The city’s (and region’s) obvious greatest hits–The Andy Warhol Museum, the nationality rooms at the Cathedral of Learning, the view from Mount Washington, Fallingwater, the symphony, parks, professional sports, french fries on salads and sandwiches–these are all fine things, but we’ll let VisitPittsburgh and Rick Sebak handle those.
Instead, The Orbit focuses on the deeper-dive and the day-to-day. Sad toys, roadside memorials, and Lenten fish sandwiches are our beat; onion dome churches, heavy metal graffiti, and Striking Distance our raison d’être.
Who the Hell is Pittsburgh Orbit and what are you up to?
The Orbit‘s award-winning staff hunts with a meager camera phone and a rattling bicycle and a funny idea about what looks good. But (and there’s always a big butt) we also know some actual persons experienced (and even degreed!) in the worlds of entomology, architecture, history, librarianing, graveyarding, highpointing, pizza consumption, etc. We call on these renowned experts regularly to round out and inform the worldview of Pittsburgh Orbit and make sure we’re kept at least a little bit honest.
Where did We Come From?
We’re excited to be the first of hopefully many Orbit franchisees originating from (old accomplice and infamous raconteur) David Craig’s fine Portland Orbit blog. If there’s one thing that the late, great Indian/ex-Arby’s Get-n-Go restaurant taught me it’s that you shouldn’t mix your raita and roast beef. Yes, I got sick from a Sikh (twice! and I went back two more times!) The second thing is to tread carefully when kicking your franchise father to curb. Respect The Orbit‘s orbit.
How Can I Follow The Pittsburgh Orbit?
What a fine question! There are numerous ways for your orbit to intersect with ours:
- Probably easiest is to “like” the Pittsburgh Orbit FaceBook page, or “follow” the Pittsburgh Orbit Twitter account, if you do those sorts of things. We also have the @pittsburghorbit Instagram where we try to post a photo-a-day.
- If you’re on a desktop, you should have a “follow” link in the lower right-hand corner of the browser; mobile version probably has some comparable way to follow.
- Many people like to include blogs in their RSS feeds. If how to do that is not obvious to you…let us go figure out how that works.
Please do! If you have an idea for a great under-told Pittsburgh story, let us know. We’d love to get on the beat.