Pittsburgh, PA – The City of Pittsburgh announced today a partnership with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the private social network for neighborhoods, to improve citywide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications.
Difficult topography? Check. Dense surrounding development? Check. A huge tunnel? Check. While the Parkway East Corridor could use improvements, it’s hard to even imagine how to make changes to this highway which is one of the busiest in our region. However, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Engineering District 11, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), is performing a comprehensive evaluation of the I-376 Parkway East Corridor Transportation Network–from Pittsburgh to Monroeville. This transportation evaluation will be used to create strategies to improve safety and mobility.
Love Your Block grants are a joint program of the City of Pittsburgh and The Home Depot Foundation to revitalize our city one block at a time. The program gives organizations $2,000 to purchase supplies and the equipment necessary for a neighborhood block improvement project. The projects must mobilize community volunteers. There are nearly 20 community projects starting Saturday, May 10 and running through June 31. Projects this season range from installing a rain garden, to building an outdoor structure for a farmer’s market, to panting a community mural, to erecting a handicap accessible planter bed.
CLASS (Community Living And Support Services) serves people with disabilities in multiple counties across southwestern Pennsylvania. They support the “the uniqueness, wholeness and dignity of each person,” advocate for their rights, and aid in the the life-long process of personal growth and development. One of the services that they provide is the Community Service Centre in North Oakland which hosts support groups, community meetings, and non-profit programs to help build community. On Friday, May 9th the Centre will hold the “6th Annual Centre Services Art Show.”
In his “The Revolt of the Cities” piece in The American Prospect, Harold Meyerson explains how cities are “mapping the future of liberalism” by meeting the needs of their citizens that the federal government can’t. You may recall that after the last round of elections in November, President Obama invited a group of newly elected progressive mayors–including Pittsburgh’s own Bill Peduto–to the White House to discuss urban policy. Given the makeup of Congress, proposals such as universal Pre-K don’t stand much of a chance of passing on the federal level. And this is where our urban mayors have been stepping up to try to fill the gap. From education to living-wage ordinances to ensuring oversight of their police, mayors in America’s largest cities are promoting economic and social justice. The article places a heavy emphasis on the City of Pittsburgh and starts out by quoting Mayor Peduto.
It’s probably a safe bet to say that most Pittsburghers hope we’ve seen the last snowflake and are ready to celebrate the changing of the seasons. If you’re ready to jump into Spring, come on out to the Union Project’s “Spring Thing” on April 25th and 26th.
“When I took the oath of office January 6, I pledged to change the culture of city government. My administration is following through on that pledge, through the hard work, square dealing and good faith I promised that day, and today I am issuing a detailed report on our progress over the first 100 days.
The world is getting smaller and Amizade’s The Global Switchboard aims to facilitate that trend. Pittsburgh has dozens of social-profit organizations which work on global/local connections. The Global Switchboard will provide a shared-space, community-oriented, work center for organizations and individuals involved in global engagement.
Many of our communities are powerless today to slum landlords, vacant buildings and blighted properties. They invite crime and neglect into our neighborhoods, robbing them of their promise and pushing them to the brink.
There is a bill before City Council right now that would revolutionize our ability to recycle abandoned, neglected properties and put them back into productive use.
I am asking you to e-mail City Council today and tell them that we need the Land Bank Bill to pass.
The Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG) advocates for equitable policies and adequate resources to build vibrant and strong urban neighborhoods. As part of PCRG’s mission, they will be presenting the 4th Annual Community Development Summit in Pittsburgh on May 14th and 15th. The summit brings together community and economic development professionals, lenders, public officials, developers, planners, and others–more than 500 in all–who care about building and sustaining healthy, vibrant, and sustainable communities.