There are more than 50,000 vacant houses in Allegheny County according to the most recently available data from the 2010 census. Too many of these houses have succumbed to blight. According to Department of Permits, Licenses & Inspections Director Maura Kennedy in a WESA article, “Blight can spread like a weed.” “But the opposite is also true,” she said. “Once you start holding people accountable and forcing change it’s really exciting to see the spread of dumpsters and people painting their porches and reinvesting in their community.”
PITTSBURGH, PA (September 17, 2015) – Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh are hosting two Deliberative Forums on the My Brother’s Keeper Local Action Plan to provide a more robust way for community members to give feedback on the recommendations listed in the plan.
On Friday, September 11th, Manchester residents will have the opportunity to join their neighbors and local police officers for coffee and conversation. There will be no agenda and no speeches for this event–just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in the neighborhood.
PITTSBURGH, PA (Sept. 2, 2015) — Mayor William Peduto began a Senior Care Tour today, in which he and Citiparks Director Jim Griffin will meet with seniors citywide to hear about issues facing their communities. The tour, which started at the Glen Hazel Senior Community Center, coincides with September’s National Senior Center Month.
On Sunday, August 30th, you can join thousands of Pittsburghers touring the Steel City by bike–in all its unique splendor–at PedalPGH. For over 20 years, PedalPGH has been Western PA’s largest ride. This is not a race! It’s a casual, fun ride for Burghers of all ages and fitness levels to explore the neighborhoods, parks, bridges, and geography of our scenic city. In addition to the scenery, it showcases Pittsburgh’s safe and bike-friendly streets.
Do you have some hard to recycle items that you need to let go? Are you a resident of Oakland? Well have we got an event for you! The Pennsylvania Resources Council, Pitt Serves, the Colcom Foundation, and the Oakland Planning and Development Corporation (OPDC) are sponsoring the Oakland Recycling & Reuse Collection event tomorrow, Saturday, August 15 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the corner of Meyran and Sennott.
Sunday, August 9th, will see the 2015 “Manchester House + Garden Tour.” This North Side neighborhood is an historic district where many are working hard at preserving its early nineteenth century-built Late Victorian-style buildings and early twentieth century architecture. The tour gives Pittsburghers a chance to see some of the city’s most beautiful and unique homes, and lovely gardens in a neighborhood of diverse people.
Are you a resident of The Hill District, Homewood, Larimer, Pittsburgh Hilltop, Millvale, or Wilkinsburg? Are you a leader who cares passionately about your community? Do you want to connect with other leaders and help determine how resources will be committed in those neighborhoods? If so, you can still apply for consideration to become a member of Neighborhood Allies’ Community Leadership Forum until the end of the day, tomorrow, July 31, 2015.
On Tuesday, June 16th, our city lost a dedicated 26-year veteran of the Pittsburgh Police Bureau: John Stofesky. Highly respected by the Bureau, John served his city with honor, courage, and kindness. His immense impact on his family, friends, colleagues, and our city will not be forgotten, and he is especially missed by the South Side Community.
On Tuesday, June 23rd, Pittsburgh City Council will hold a public hearing on amendments to the zoning code related to urban agriculture. The City Planning Department has been working with leaders from Pittsburgh’s urban agriculture community over the past few years to revise and update our urban agriculture zoning code. There have been changes made to many aspects of urban agriculture including vegetable sales, full-fledged urban farms, and the keeping of bees, chickens, ducks and goats.