Like many older industrial cities, the Pittsburgh region has its share of blight. According to the most recent data from the 2010 census, there are more than 50,000 vacant houses in Allegheny County.
Since 2006, furries, or people fascinated with anthropomorphics, have descended on Pittsburgh for Anthrocon. It's billed as the world's largest furry convention.
The Bellefield Boiler Plant, whimsically nicknamed the "Cloud Factory" in Michael Chabon's novel "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh," provides steam heat to most of Oakland's major institutions.
Aweys Mwaliya's childhood in war-torn Somalia was marred by unspeakable trauma. He and his family eventually fled, spending a decade living in refugee camps. Nine years ago, he was resettled in Utah and later moved to Pittsburgh.
In 2013, artist Florentijn Hofman's Rubber Duck Project floated down the Ohio and Allegheny rivers in Pittsburgh.