Social Movements, Communities, and Campaigns in Pittsburgh

Editor’s note: In anticipation of the Urban History Association’s 2023 conference being held in Pittsburgh from October 26 – October 29, The Metropole is making the Steel City its Metropolis of the Month for January 2023. The CFP remains open until February 20, 2023. See here for details. By Suzanne Staggenborg Social movements, such as […]

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Erased and Forgotten Sports History in Pittsburgh’s Crossroads of the World

Editor’s note: In anticipation of the Urban History Association’s 2023 conference being held in Pittsburgh from October 26 – October 29, The Metropole is making the Steel City its Metropolis of the Month for January 2023. The CFP remains open until February 20, 2023. See here for details. By David S. Rotenstein Introduction Pittsburgh is […]

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Life in the ’Burgh: A Steel City Bibliography of Pittsburgh

Editor’s note: In anticipation of the Urban History Association’s 2023 conference being held in Pittsburgh from October 26 – October 29, The Metropole is making the Steel City its Metropolis of the Month for January 2023. The CFP remains open until February 20, 2023. See here for details. By Drew Simpson and Dan Holland When […]

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Member of the Week: Michael Innis-Jiménez

Michael Innis-Jiménez Professor Department of American Studies University of Alabama  Please describe your current research. What about it drew your interest? My current research examines the centrality of culturally distinct Mexican food, restaurants, grocery stores, and other marketplaces in the early development of Mexican Chicago after World War I. I’m looking to demonstrate how public shops, […]

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Best of 2022: Books

Even though The Metropole traffics heavily in the written word—we value books more than anyone—it can be hard to fit all the year’s titles in annually. When putting books on my wish lists, I almost always end up using “Best ofs” from two to three years ago. With that in mind, our editors have a […]

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Member of the Week: Ray Bromley

Ray Bromley Professor Emeritus Urban and Regional Planning/International Development Studies University at Albany, State University of New York Please describe your current research. What about it drew your interest? I retired from teaching and administration in January 2020 so as to concentrate on research and writing. My initial retirement plans were to focus on international comparative […]

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Best of 2022: Film and Television

It’s that time of year again folks. While we realize you might not lean on The Metropole for its pop culture sensibilities, if the explosion in streaming has made one thing clear, choice is great, but sometimes choice feels overwhelming. A tip here, a tip there, can uncover a hidden gem lost among the digital […]

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The Cruel Theater of Carceral Capitalism—A Review of Captives: How Rikers Island Took New York City Hostage.

Shanahan, Jarrod. Captives: How Rikers Island Took New York City Hostage. New York: Verso, 2022. Reviewed by David Helps Thirty years ago this September, some six thousand off-duty members of New York’s Finest descended on City Hall, ostensibly to oppose Mayor David Dinkins’s plan for a police civilian review board. The nearly all-white mob drank […]

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