Taco Festival + Pumpkin Fest + $181 Million Affordable Housing Fund


Hey Hello! I’m back in your inbox this morning with your new edition of the Pittsburgh Daily. Let’s start this Thursday, September 8 off on the right foot with a quick guide to everything you need to know about what’s happening in town these days.

Clouds and sun with showers. High: 80 Low: 62.

Here are today’s top stories:

1) Pittsburgh Regional Transit announced yesterday that it will completely replace its diesel fleet with greener buses by 2045. In other words, the organization is committed to eliminating tailpipe emissions by purchasing only cleaner buses after 2032. The organization estimates that it will spend around $1 billion on the program over the next few years. next two decades, probably with the support of the federal government. This initiative will improve the environmental benefits of using public transport, in addition to the current impact of reducing the amount of carbon dioxide released by taking thousands of cars off the road each day. “PRT replacing its current fleet with zero-emission vehicles will have a positive effect on our region’s air quality and improve the health not only of our young children but of all of us,” said Dr. Debra Bogen, Director of the department of Allegheny County. Health.

(90.5 WESA)

2) Pittsburgh-based PNC Bank announced a new $181 million fund that will be used to develop and rehabilitate affordable rental housing for families and seniors. This funding will fund nearly 1,800 rental units across 13 states. The fund will be institutionally managed by PNC Bank, which includes investments from 12 of the largest national banks and insurance companies in the United States. To date, the fund has acquired nine properties in multiple states, including eight new properties awaiting approval.

(Business newspapers)

3) Charges against Eric Fairman continue as three other victims file complaints against the former McKeesport teacher, who also worked as a youth sports coach in the Keystone Oaks School District and West School District Jefferson Hills. Fairman, 26, was arrested last week on initial charges related to allegations of indecent assault on children. New reports against Fairman include a claim that he indecently assaulted a boy at a cabin in Deep Creek, Maryland, and sent that boy nude photos of himself and demanded the victim do the same. Another victim also reported an inappropriate interaction at a cabin in Deep Creek and another incident at a sleepover at a friend’s house.

(WTAE Pittsburgh)

4) It’s taco time! The original Pittsburgh Taco Festival will return to the Strip District on September 10 from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visitors can expect to find a taco for every taste bud with at least 25 food vendors will be in attendance. Vegetarian and/or vegan menus will also be available. The festival will also feature two musical stages, salsa dancing lessons, free face painting and other family activities. The festival partners with Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corp. and the Latin American Cultural Union. Tickets are $9.99 plus fees with purchase before midnight Friday on the festival website and $15 on the day of the event.


5) Fall lovers can join in the fun at Evans City’s first annual PumpkinFest on September 24-25. Beginning at 10 a.m. each day, festival events will take place at various locations throughout downtown Evans City. This includes pumpkin carving demonstrations, lessons and contests; a kids’ tractor pull, horse-drawn carriage rides, pumpkin-themed mini-golf, live music from local bands, over 80 craft vendors, food trucks, and a car cruise with raffles by lot. The event is currently accepting volunteers, sponsors, craft vendors, and food vendors through their website.

(Katie Gilronan)

Today in Pittsburgh:

  • Friends Mum Sale SETUP – Mount Lebanon Public Library (9 a.m.)
  • Welcome Week Community Potluck – Northland Public Library (5 p.m.)
  • Musical Theater Club: Auditions for the musical book (6 p.m.)
  • Women’s Club Meeting – Borough of Baldwin – Main Schedule (7 p.m.)
  • ReelAbilities Pittsburgh Film Festival (7 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • Pittsburgh Police Department: MISSING: SVU detectives are requesting assistance in locating 13-year-old Myleah Macklin. She did not return home from school at Arsenal on Tuesday, where she was last seen. She was last seen wearing a gray hoodie and blue jeans. (Pittsburgh Police Department via Facebook)
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “The Steelers will retire Franco Harris’ No. 32 jersey on the anniversary of the immaculate reception. . . . “Franco’s impact on our franchise is hard to overestimate,” Rooney said. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via Instagram)
  • Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium: “Need plans for the weekend? The Asian Lantern Festival is in full swing on select nights until October 30! Explore the zoo at night among giant light sculptures. 🏮 Buy tickets ➡️ https://bit.ly/ 395Ksbw” (Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium via Facebook)
  • Visit Pittsburgh: “This week in Pittsburgh, enjoy a fantastic amalgamation of Only in Pittsburgh festivals: 🍀 Pittsburgh Irish Festival at Carrie Blast Furnaces 🥟 Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival at Kennywood 🧆 Pittsburgh Lebanese Festival at Greentree 🌮” (Visit Pittsburgh via Facebook)
  • Grow Pittsburgh: “Weekly Farm Stand Reminder! 🍅Get 20 pounds of tomatoes for $25 at Braddock and Shiloh! Shiloh Farm Stand Hours 🌶 Thursdays, 2:30-6:30 PM May – Halloween Braddock Farm Stand Hours 🥒 Wednesdays, 3:30-6:00 p.m. June through October 🥒 Fridays,…” (Grow Pittsburgh via Facebook)

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You are now aware and ready to go out this Thursday. See you soon!

Rachel Tasker

About me: Rachel is originally from Pennsylvania and stopped at Erie and State College before moving to Pittsburgh in 2020. She has a background in a bit of everything…from newsroom work from media and public health to the 2016 presidential election in Washington, DC and the 2019 Super Bowl where (surprise!) Tom Brady won… AGAIN. She loves good coffee, bad reality TV, attending local events and trying new dishes in the 412. She resides in the South Hills.

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