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.
PITTSBURGH, PA (September 14, 2015) Mayor William Peduto, in partnership with Green Building Alliance, the Pittsburgh 2030 District, Envision Downtown and others, today announced the “Make My Trip Count” survey, a first-of-its-kind effort to learn how commuters in the Pittsburgh region travel to work and to school. The two-part survey takes three to 10 minutes and is available online at makemytripcount.org through October 16, 2015. Information gathered from the respondents will create a valuable set of information about local commuters, enabling local decision-makers to have more complete data when making important strategic decisions regarding transportation, infrastructure and development.
Each year, Citiparks celebrates the joy of reading with “Alphabet Trail and Tales.” This is an annual event and is free for the whole family. “Alphabet Trail and Tales” focuses on early and elementary literacy. Children follow the Alphabet Trail from A to Z where the best in children’s books is presented. This year, the books being read are Caps for Sale, Alexander, Who’s Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move, Number One Sam, Tops and Bottoms and Mr. Tiger Goes Wild.
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.
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s “Neighborhood Week” provides a chance to see their musicians out-and-about in the community with a week of end-of-summer concerts. The first in this series is a “Salute to Veterans” at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland on the evening of Monday, August 31st. This one-hour musical celebration of American service men and women is hosted by Rocky Bleier.
The Thrival Innovation + Music Festival (produced by Thrill Mill) annually highlights Pittsburgh’s startups, creatives, leaders and innovators–not to mention culminating in a weekend-long concert festival starring national headliners (including, this year, Panic! at the Disco, Manchester Orchestra, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, and more) and some of the best of local music talent. It takes place September 21st to the 27th. This year, FortyX80, Innovation Works and their accelerators AlphaLab and AlphaLab Gear are joining the Thrival schedule as part of the festival’s Friday “Investment, Entrepreneurship, & Growth Strategy” theme.
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.
PITTSBURGH, NEW YORK AND WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mayor William Peduto joins Cities of Service, the Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers AmeriCorps, and the Rockefeller Foundation in announcing today the 10 cities which together form the first Resilience AmeriCorps cities in the United States. The cities of Anchorage, Ala., Boulder, Colo., Chicago, Ill., El Paso, Texas, Minot, N.D., New Orleans, La., Norfolk, Va., Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Ariz., and Tulsa, Okla. were selected for local vulnerability to climate-related risk, demonstrated commitment or efforts to improve environmental resilience, and city government capacity to host and implement Resilience AmeriCorps in their cities.