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I call myself an observant person. When I’m riding through a neighborhood, I try to take it all in. As I was riding through East Liberty I’m noticing so many changes. Did you know the Old Baum Blvd Dodge is soon to be an Aldi’s Grocery Store? The signs are posted in the window and construction is happening as I type. Now that area will have plenty of choices for shopping. Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Giant Eagle Market District and now Aldi’s, and let’s not forget the grocery section at Target. And I can’t wait to see the transformation of Highland Avenue, there is a new hotel in the works across from the Highland News Stand. It is going to be Hotel Indigo, this is a boutique hotel and there are locations in many other cities. Also a business called Latin Concepts is scheduled to open. I looked up both on the Internet and they look like places that we will frequent. The old Borders did not remain empty long, a Petsmart has opened in that space.


My advice to all of us who knew this area as S’liberty, do not be chased out. Park your car and take a walk around or at least drive around and see all of the new spaces. I’m sure a lot of us still go to church in this area, but right after church you head back north or east, stick around for a little bit and see all of the changes.

Did you know there is a new radio show in the burgh? Yes we have a morning show. The Rickey Smiley Morning Show can now be heard on WAMO 100 (100.1 FM & 660 AM). I get it on the car in the morning on the AM better than FM. As morning shows go it is pretty good, lots of skits with a church flavor and the cast often talks about some of the current issues like the most recent death of Rodney King. Tune in and give a listen. The show is carried on about 55 stations and I’m happy that Pittsburgh is one of them. I don’t see Pittsburgh as part of the affiliate list on the Rickey Smiley website (probably not updated), but trust me the show is on.

Did you know that a WAMO (old WAMO) reunion has been planned and scheduled for August 3, 4 & 5? A lot of former WAMO employees plan to attend. The cost is crazy cheap ($12 in advance and $20 at the door for the whole weekend) and begins with a meet & greet at the Drum Bar in the River’s Casino, the next night the fun moves to the Homewood Coliseum and Sunday at Highland Park, the Hawthorn Grove across from the pool.

Sagging pants, when is the trend going to end? I was just thinking back to the day, yes here I go again heading back in time to a day when young men were sharp, clean and fly. The guys wore gaucho and Nik Nik, shirts, they got their hair cut and when the guys came to your house with albums under their arm they looked good. I hope the old school style soon comes back.

(Email the columnist at debbie­norrell@aol.com)

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