Fate of Mellon Arena panel discussion on Monday

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Should the Igloo melt away in a haze of demo-dust, or should it be re-purposed with a new function? The future of Mellon Arena is the topic of a panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. Monday at New Hazlett Theater, North Side. Panelists also will address the question of who should decide whether the arena stays or goes.

The panel will be moderated by Evan Stoddard, associate dean of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University. Panelists include Kimberly C. Ellis, executive director of the Historic Hill Institute; Christine Madrid French, director of the Modernism + Recent Past Initiative with the National Trust for Historic Preservation; Larry Glasco, an expert in the history of black Pittsburgh and associate professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh, and Rob Pfaffmann, architect and planner whose proposals for the reuse of the arena received an AIA design award last fall.

"What's Next for the Igloo?" is a cityLIVE! event co-sponsored by no wall productions, Heinz Family Foundation and New Hazlett Theater. The event is free but registration is required at citylivepgh.org. Cocktails and conversation will follow the panel discussion.

Patricia Lowry: plowry2post-gazette.com or 412-263-1590.


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