What is an inclusive city? How do we achieve “the City that does not exclude”? You’re invited to join online in a global debate on the concept of the “inclusive city.” The ideas and recommendations garnered from this discussion will feed a Citizen Call for Action to be presented during the Cities for Life Global Summit for Inclusive, Smart and Resilient Cities. The summit will take place on November 21st and 22nd at Paris City Hall. It’s being hosted by the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, and the Mayor of Medellin, Federico Gutierrez.
East Liberty has seen much in the way of revitalization efforts in the last decade plus. From retail outlets like Home Depot, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Target to the hot, new Ace Hotel, East Liberty has undergone a major transformation. However, it’s western gateway — the area between its historic core and the neighborhoods to the west and north — has remained largely parking lots to this day.
Uptown and West Oakland have long suffered from a history of disinvestment, despite the fact that this area is strategically located between two of the three largest “city centers” in Pennsylvania — Downtown and Oakland. But, the tide is turning with new investments in housing and start-up businesses being made in and around Uptown. The Uptown/West Oakland EcoInnovation District combines the goals of both an EcoDistrict (a resilient and sustainable bottom-up development area) and an Innovation District (an area where leading-edge anchor institutions/companies cluster in close proximity to transit-accessible, mixed-use housing, office, and retail for maximum job growth and economic opportunity).
Last year’s first-ever Blight Bootcamp saw over 120 residents and organizations come together from across the City and County to learn ways that they can improve their neighborhoods by remediating blight. Blighted properties cost everyone. The surrounding homes lose their property value, the city loses its tax revenues, and these properties eat up city services through needed code enforcement and maintenance, such as boarding up buildings or demolishing them.
Called “the crossroads of the world” by Harlem Renaissance poet Claude McKay, Pittsburgh’s Hill District has a rich legacy as the cultural center of African-American life in our city, and the New Grenada Theater is an icon in that neighborhood. It’s famous second floor New Savoy Ballroom hosted the likes of Count Basie, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. The Art-Deco building was built in 1928 under one of America’s early African American architects, Louis Bellinger. It will be the centerpiece of a redevelopment effort — New Granada Square — designed to help spur the revitalization of Centre Avenue surrounding the Theater and remaining business district.
With its roots in the Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development (PPND), Neighborhood Allies launched as a community development organization with a difference: They use a uniquely holistic approach. Neighborhood Allies is equal parts funder, lender, connector and consultant in order to be a real ally to distressed and transitional communities in the Pittsburgh region.
Urban Innovation21 (UI21) has announced their 2016 Inclusive Innovation Community-based Business Grant Competition. Urban Innovation21 is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the growth of entrepreneurship in Pittsburgh. This public-private partnership promotes connections between underserved communities and our city’s Innovation Economy in order to help ensure that all communities benefit from Pittsburgh’s economic transformation. This will be the fourth year for the competition.
Larimer is a Pittsburgh neighborhood that is bordered by East Liberty, Highland Park, Lincoln-Lemington, Homewood, Point Breeze, and Shadyside. The Larimer Consensus Group (LCG) is comprised of residents and stakeholders whose mission is “to empower the Larimer neighborhood to move into sustainable community and economic development via strong communication networks, partnerships, and an open participatory process.” On Friday, August 19th, the Larimer Consensus Group and Neighborhood Allies will hold a celebration of LCG’s new home at the Environment and Energy Community Outreach (EECO) Center. There will be a brief agenda to showcase the community, and drinks and appetizers will be served. To attend, please RSVP by Monday, August 15th here.
While Pittsburgh has transformed itself from a city of steel to a high tech mecca, not everyone has had an equal stake in this transformation. There exists a huge opportunity gap for young people of color. According to My Brother’s Keeper Playbook, 30% of Pittsburgh Public Schools fail to graduate. Meanwhile, there are over 17,000 open computing jobs in Pennsylvania, yet we only graduate 2,820 in computer science as reported by Code.org. And while jobs in computing make up half of openings in the STEM fields, there are relatively few men of color working toward computer science degrees.