union project: pittsburgh

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just got back from an inspiring weekend in pittsburgh, visiting friends, playing miniature golf, and hanging out at the union project (also picking up some salvaged bowling alley lane from construction junction for repurposing into a breakfast bar, but that’s another post for another time).

the union project’s operating on so many levels, it’s hard to know where to start. located in what was formerly an abandoned baptist church in the east liberty neighborhood of pittsburgh, the 501(c)3 non profit was started in 2001 by six industrious creatives with the hope of creating a neighbhorhood space. and boy have they ever.

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part community center, part artists cooperative, part cafe, part ceramics studio, part stained-glass social enterprise, part historic renovation, part sustainability study, part youth barista training program, part event space — part of a refreshingly diverse community.

obviously there’s A LOT going on here, and i probably missed a few things, so i’ll let this serve as an introduction and leave the clicking to you. but i can’t help but wonder if the union project couldn’t serve as an operational model for a similar effort in columbus.

more to come.

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